Do you have an exciting research project that is leading the way in patient care? Would you like to highlight your work for other services to see? We are pleased to provide a poster presentation area for you to show off your work!
The abstracts can describe completed research in any domain of paramedicine (clinical, educational, or operational). Researchers, administrators, managers, front-line paramedics and communications officers are encouraged to apply.
Notification of acceptance will be made via e-mail no later than Sept 10, 2018.
For more information on the Call for Abstracts process and submission guidelines, or if you have any other questions, contact Jay Loosley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A poster presentation generates active discussion regarding the submission. The poster will be displayed on the vendor floor at the annual conference. All nominees are encouraged to accompany their poster opening evening and be prepared to speak to conference delegates about their project and answer questions.
• The poster dimensions must be roughly 40″ x 60″.
• The board must be oriented in the “landscape” position.
• A banner displaying your project/initiative title and organization should be positioned at top-center of the board (see Figure 1).
• Make it obvious to the viewer how to progressively view the poster.
Figure 1: Conventional layouts for a poster. Long panel at top-centre is title/author banner. Individual panels can be connected by numbers and arrows. Also, note the use of space between panels to achieve visual appeal (from C. W. Connor, 1992, The Poster Session: A Guide for Preparations: US Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-667).
• Presenters are advised to bring their own mounting material.
• Presenters will have a designated time to be at their poster, to be available to discuss and answer questions.
• GOOGLE IT! There are several free resources available online. Simply google, ‘how to create a poster using PowerPoint and you will be able to find lot of good information.
If using Microsoft PowerPoint to create your poster, the first step is to create your poster to the actual size you want it printed. Open PowerPoint, select the Design tab, then Page Setup, select Custom under Slide sized for: then enter the width and height.
The title of the poster should the same as on your abstract. The heading should include the authors’ names and affiliations.
Your poster should be understandable without you being there to explain it to delegates. Words should be spelled out, avoiding abbreviations / acronyms / jargon. It should include the same sections as the abstract: Introduction/Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions/Limitations. You may also want to include an Acknowledgment section and References.
Don’t simply use a wall of text – it is not attractive or readable. Use small blocks for the text that can stand alone. That way, if someone comes up to your poster and reads only a small portion of it, it will still make sense.
Give your poster sections and allow space around your work. Light and empty space attracts the eye (and the reader). It sometimes helps to lay your poster out in columns as this keeps the flow of people moving past your poster.
It is best to have your text left justified, with the right side ragged, as this is easier to read.
Tables are preferable to graphics for small data sets. Tables also work well when data presentation requires many localized comparisons.
Photographs also help, if relevant, and are a good way of providing colour. They should be of sufficient size to be visible from a distance – 7.6cm x 7.6cm (3in x 3in) photos are probably the smallest to use, and 10.2cm x 15.2cm (4in x 6in) photos are a good size.
Remove all nonessential information from graphs and tables.
Use colours to distinguish different data groups in graphs and avoid using patterns or open bars in histograms.
Many people simply use a white background with black text. This is easy to read, but some color will make your poster attractive to the reader.
Try to use primary colours rather than shocking bright colours.
Consider what colour you want to use for text / illustrations and make sure it compliments the background e.g. blue background with yellow / orange text.
Your poster title should be readable from at least 1.8m (6ft) away. Use something like 72 point font (2cm / 3/4in tall) for the title.
Use large fonts for the headings and for key points that focus on some of the central ideas presented. Use at least 48 point font (1.3cm / 1/2in tall).
Ensure the main body of the text can be read from at least 1.2m (4ft) away. Use something like 24 point font (0.6cm / 1/4in tall) for the text.
Use only one type of font such as a sans serif face (e.g. Arial) that is clear and precise.
Use upper and lower case and avoid using too many style changes e.g. shadow, bold, italics, etc.
You may want to consider having small paper copies of your poster available to provide to delegates and a pouch to attach to the bottom of the display board for the final layout.
However you are producing the final poster, whether you are doing it yourself or using a graphic designer, here are some questions to help you check the layout before final production.
• Is the message clear?
• Do the key points stand out?
• Is there a good balance between text and illustrations?
• Is the sequence of your poster clear?
• Is the level of space around your poster appropriate?
• Do the colours you’ve chosen work together?
• Again, seeking advice from colleagues and asking them these questions will help you make any final adjustments before production