Information for Poster Presenters

We are so excited to welcome you as a poster presenter at the 2022 ICEC! Below you will find all of the information you will need to prepare and submit your poster presentation.

Please keep in mind that the purpose of presenting a poster is to outline your work for discussion. Therefore, poster presenters are required to attend their poster and be available for questions during their assigned poster session (see the schedule below). If possible, all posters should be displayed for the entire conference, not only for the poster session in which you are presenting.

We hope you are excited to attend the conference and present your poster in College Park, Maryland. We encourage you to download the Poster Presenter badge to the right (once it is available) and use it in your email signature, on your website, on social media, etc. to let your colleagues know that you will be presenting a poster at ICEC.



A Presenter badge for your social media and email signature use

Preparing Your Poster

Please prepare your poster to communicate the main points of your work to stimulate discussion with your viewers. You should be able to deliver your poster content in about three (3) minutes and then respond to questions and comments.

You are invited to watch this YouTube video on creating a better scientific poster in less time. You are not required to use this format, but it may improve the poster presentation experience. Mike Morrison, the graduate student who created this video, has also shared additional resources for implementing his recommendations, which you can adapt to your needs.

  • The display area is 4 feet wide by 4 feet high; you will be sharing an 8’x4′ display board with another poster presenter. Plan your poster to be a few inches smaller than the dimensions of the poster space allocated to you.
  • Each poster space will be marked with an abstract number (i.e., P1-A). Students will be assigned numbers that include an “S” (P1-A-S). Please mount your poster on the poster board labeled with your assigned abstract number.
  • Each abstract is assigned a number that provides information. For example: for an abstract assigned P1-A-S, the “P” means it is a poster abstract; the “1” indicates where it is located in the poster display area (placed in numerical order); the “A” means that the poster will be attended and presented during Poster Session A; and the “S” means it is a student author.
  • Push pins will be provided to mount your poster to the poster board. You are also welcome to bring your own push pins and/or Velcro.
  • There will be a table underneath each poster board where you can leave handouts. If you would like to make your poster somewhat simple but provide greater detail on your work in a handout, you may do so. Conference organizers will not be responsible for making copies of presenters’ handouts.

Here are additional suggestions to improve the visual display and presentation of your poster:

  • Let the poster do the work – your audience should not have to interpret the message.
  • Make your poster simple and to the point. Avoid jargon.
  • Use your poster to show, not tell. Express your points as graphics (graphs, charts, illustrations, and photographs). Make sure to include captions.
  • Keep it visually clean; avoid jagged edges; guide the viewer by using a logical order with section headings to emphasize the main points.
  • State your main points in large font headings; use smaller font for details.
  • Summarize your results/findings with bullet points.
  • Catch your reader’s attention with accent colors for contrast and to highlight main points.
  • Use borders or white space to separate sections and increase legibility.
  • Make all elements, even the figure legends, visible from 3 to 4 feet away.
  • Use large, bold fonts. Text color should highly contrast the background color for legibility for all attendees, including those who are colorblind.
  • Use simple fonts. Generally sans serif fonts (e.g., Helvetica) are good for titles, but use a font with serifs for text (e.g., Times New Roman). They help guide the viewer’s eye.

Consider a Fabric Poster

Many printers now offer printing your poster on fabric. Fabric posters can be placed in your luggage which may make travelling easier (eliminating poster tubes and extra security checks at the airport). They can also be more durable, and therefore can be used multiple times. Here are some guidelines when deciding on a fabric poster:

  • Some printers have standard sized for fabric posters, so make sure they have the option for what you need at the ICEC (4’x4’).
  • Please your fabric poster in a bag or other container before placing it in your luggage to protect it from accidental spills or other damage.
  • A fabric poster will crease in your luggage. Pack it as you would a suit or other item to reduce wrinkles (i.e., use plastic, paper, or cardboard in between the folds).
  • Check with your printer to see if the fabric they use can be ironed to remove creases. If this is the case, iron the poster face-side down and use the lowest setting with minimal light steam. You can also place a towel on the poster as a barrier between the iron and the poster.
  • Spoonflower is a popular company that will print your poster on fabric. You can learn more about creating a fabric poster on their website.

Poster Judging

Unless you opted out of having your poster judged (an opt-out was available during the abstract submission process), at least three judges will rate your poster on a pre-established set of criteria (the research poster criteria are on page 1 and the practices poster criteria are on page 2).

Poster Session Schedule

SETUP: Wednesday, 12 October 2022, 2:00 PM – Thursday, 13 October 2022, 8:00 AM. All posters (Sessions A and B) must be set up during this time.

SESSION A: Thursday, 13 October 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Those assigned to Session A should attend your poster to answer questions. Poster judges will circulate at this time.

SESSION B: Friday, 14 October 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Those assigned to Session B should attend your poster to answer questions. Poster judges will circulate at this time.

TAKE-DOWN: Friday, 14 October 2022, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. All presenters should take down their posters at this time. Remaining posters that are still mounted on the poster boards will be disposed of after 6:00 PM.

Poster Upload/Submission

All poster presenters are required to submit a two-page PDF of their poster by 26 September 2022. The first page of the PDF should include your name, abstract number (i.e., P1-A), and poster title. The second page should include your poster. You may upload your submission using the Presentation Submission Form.

Upload Your Poster

Need assistance with submission?
Email ICEC Support

Poster Printing

Many people have their posters printed at their institution or by a print shop that can ship directly to the hotel. If you prefer to print your poster on fabric and your institution cannot accommodate that preference, the online vendor Spoonflower has instructions on ordering a fabric poster from their website.

The best way to ensure you have your poster on time is to carry it with you when you travel. However, if you choose to ship your poster to the hotel, please ship it to your name and hotel room number (not to the attention of the conference). We are not responsible for lost posters.