Posters and Presentation

Posters are a special type of presentation. They are not simply the pasting of a scholarly article on poster board or foam-core. Nor are they mounted sets of presentation visuals. A poster presentation should convey research or scientific information in a well-designed, eye-catching and engaging way.

This page offers an inventory of print and Internet resources that provide guidance and instruction for the presentation of scientific and technical information in the form of a poster presentation. Don’t forget to check out the URS poster guidelines before beginning work on your poster.

Designing Posters for a Poster Fair:

Designing scientific posters:

Ten simple rules for a good poster presentation:

Poster presentations: designing effective posters:

Sample Layouts/Templates

Designing scientific posters:

Microsoft Office:

U of C Research poster examples (DSpace): (browse all titles)

Large Format Printing

Students’ Union Bound and Copied:

Multimedia Services (Health Sciences):

Project Imagine (Main Campus):

Research Info by Faculty

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Research Handouts by Faculty – Acrobat PDF Format


Gosling PJ. 1999. Scientist’s guide to poster presentations.

  • More detail, many examples, dos & don’ts

Nicol AAM, Pexman, PM. 2003. Displaying your findings: a practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations.

  • One chapter on posters. Covers the basics, has a checklist and sample

Fraser, Jane. 1954. Creating effective conference abstracts and posters in biomedicine: 500 tips for success

  • For researchers and academics
  • Tips for creating abstracts and posters for conference presentations

Gosling, Peter J. Scientist’s guide to poster presentations

  • Step by step guide for creating effective posters

Nicol, Adelheid A. M. Displaying your findings: a practical guide for creating figures, posters, and presentations

  • Designed especially for students, researchers, and presenters in psychology and behavioral sciences
  • Tips on conference posters and presentations