Guidelines for poster presentations

If your abstract has been selected for poster presentation, you will need to produce both a poster and a handout of your poster.


Time slots for hanging up, being present and taking down your poster will be published on the congress website and available upon arrival. Necessary materials for hanging the poster will be available in the exhibition area.


Please follow the instructions below.

Poster layout

Posers should be laid out in the following segments:

  • Title (Identical to the title of the abstract)
  • Author’s names and affiliations
  • Introduction
  • Aims
  • Method
  • Results
  • Conclusions 
  • References 
  • Contact details (e.g. email, phone number, website) and acknowledgements (These are optional)

Design considerations

  • Language: All posters should be written in English.
  • Size: Poster size should be 1 meter wide X 1.5 meters high.
  • Title: Choose a large font size for the poster’s title, author and company; not less than 72 points.
  • Text:  A poster should be easily readable from a distance of 1 or 2 meters. Therefore, your font size should not be less than 16 points. 
  • Avoid fonts that mimic hand writing or are difficult to read. Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman are usually a good choice. Use the chosen font throughout your poster: don’t mix up different fonts on your poster text.
  • To facilitate reading, double-line space and justify all the text. The shorter and the simpler the sentences are, the easier your poster will be to read.
  • Important parts of the text may be highlighted using different colours. Major colours that are easily readable are:
    1. Black on white (or a cream colored background)
    2. Red on white (or a cream colored background)
    3. Green on white (or a cream colored background)
    4. Blue on white (or a cream colored background)
  • Subtitles: Allocate a specific color to the subtitles within the poster so that they will be better distinguished from the text.


  • All figures should include brief captions/legends. It is sometimes advisable to show on the figure what is the most important using an arrow, bubble or label.
  • Use the same font throughout your poster (in both the text and graphics).
  • Tables are preferable when data sets are small.
  • Lines in graphics should be thin. Graphics should lean towards a horizontal format rather than vertical. Ensure that within graphics, the axes are properly labelled, including with units. Any symbols should be explained.
  • Preference should be given to:
    1. Bar graphs or histograms for the comparison of two groups;
    2. Line graphs for the evolution of parameters;
    3. Pie-charts to represent a proportion within a whole.
  • Use pictures or images of sufficiently high resolution in order to ensure good quality print. Be sure to use pictures without copyrights. Moreover, try to use images that are clear and of good colour and contrast (not too dark, not too light). Photos may be used to illustrate the location of the study and or the tools used.

poster handout

  • You will need to bring printed copies of your handout (maximum 1 page, A4, font 11).
  • Handouts should be placed next to your poster.