I really like this article on the ten simple rules for a good poster presentation. I used some of these ideas to my advantage at the recent ISMB/ECCB 2013 conference in Berlin (19-13 July 2013), where I presented a poster on the EMBL-EBI website redesign.
The article helps you think of ways to improve interaction at your poster
Ideally, you can make your poster work for you, even when you’re not standing next to it. Ways to do this are things like:
- having a sign-up sheet so you can follow up with interested delegates later
- having small hand-outs of the poster
- sticking up some of your business cards (I recommend that these feature your twitter id and blog address, if you have one)
- posting up messages to say when and where you are speaking, if you have a talk as well as a poster, or even where you can usually be found in person, such as at the coffee stand, where you sit in talks, etc.
I found putting these things by my poster helpful since it was such a packed programme
It was hard to find time to speak to people for long during the breaks, so by having these prompts at the poster, people registered an interest in my work and posted comments/questions. Then I emailed/LinkedIn all the folks when I got back to the office, when things were quieter.
What I will consider doing next time…
The ten simple rules article was published in 2007 so things have moved on a lot since then. For example, I would consider having some additional things at my poster next time. (Some of the other ISMB posters had these and inspired me…)
A large QR code – at the right height – is a great idea, so people can just scan it and have your webpage straight away – no writing or sharing business cards needed.
A Sanger Institute poster had further stuff for readers to explore using augmented reality. See the top right hand corner, where it says you should download the ‘Layar’ app to view it.
3D stuff related to the poster
One poster had a 3D model of a protein hanging down in front of it – so you could more easily perceive the structure. This was a nice idea, but not sure yet how I could use it for UX stuff. I’ll think on it.
Lots of sketchnote hand-outs
I gave a talk at ISMB as well as a poster session, but several delegates said that they had missed the talk when I saw them at the poster. It would have been useful to have the sketchnote of my talk (below) to give them at the poster, but I had ran out of copies and didn’t think to put any by the poster. I will do this next time!
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