Discover tips for a successful digital poster presentation.
Digital Poster Presentations
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- Abstract presenters will be allowed to upload a one-page PDF of their poster. Slide presentations cannot be accommodated.
- Abstract presenters will have to option to record up to 20 minutes of audio to be played when attendees view their PDF poster.
- Presenters may choose to provide a QR code within their PDF poster directing to any additional resources or materials related to their presentation.
- All abstract submitters were able to select a 30-minute presentation time during submission. During this time, presenters will be able to communicate with virtual attendees via video chat.
- A text chat will be available alongside the poster for the duration of the meeting where attendees can leave questions or comments at any time.
- All digital poster presentations will remain available for one month after the event to registered attendees.
- Presenters will be invited to display a set of icons to indicate to the audience whether or not photography/recording of their presentation and sharing/remixing of the material is permitted. To aid in this process, SfN will provide presenters with a digital graphic to display prominently on their PDF poster. Review the photography and recording policy for additional details.
- Presenters should note that there are inherent risks with presenting unpublished data online and participating in live chats that abstract submitters agree to accept.
Accepted abstract presenters will be expected to transparently report a study’s experimental design and analytical methods in their poster or nanosymposium presentation at the annual meeting. Efforts to ensure scientific rigor include blinding, statistics, sample sizes, and replication. Error bars should be defined. Biological variables such as species, sex, age, strain, or cell line should be noted in the presentation, if applicable. Visit Neuronline for resources to help you understand and incorporate scientific rigor best practices.
An effective image should have a main point, instead of a collection of available data. If the central theme of the image is not visible, improve the paper by revising or deleting the image.
The main point should catch the attention of the audience immediately. When trying to figure out the image, audience members are not fully paying attention to the speaker — try to minimize this.
With a simple, uncluttered format, the image is easy to design and directs audience attention to the main point.
An image is most effective when information is organized around a single central theme and tells a unified story.
Excess information can confuse the audience. With an average of seven images in a 10-minute paper, roughly one minute is available per image. Restrict information to what is extemporaneously explainable to the uninitiated in the allowed length of time — reading prepared text quickly is a poor substitute for editing.
In graphs, qualitative relationships are emphasized at the expense of precise numerical values, while in tables, the reverse is true. If a qualitative statement, such as "Flow rate increased markedly immediately after stimulation," is the main point of the image, the purpose is better served with a graphic format. A good place for detailed, tabular data is in an image or two held in reserve in case of questions.
Free of Nonessential Information
If information does not directly support the main point of the image, reserve this content for questions.
Designed for the Current Oral Paper
Avoid complex data tables irrelevant to the current paper. The audience cares about evidence and conclusions directly related to the subject of the paper — not how much work was done.
There is no time in a 10-minute paper to teach standard technology. Unless the paper directly examines this technology, only mention what is necessary to develop the theme.
Contrasts in brightness and tone between illustrations and backgrounds improves legibility. The best color combinations include white letters on medium blue, or black on yellow. Never use black letters on a dark background. Many people are red/green color blind, so avoid using red and green next to each other.
Integrated with Verbal Text
Images should support the verbal text and not merely display numbers. Conversely, verbal text should lay a proper foundation for each image. As each image is shown, give the audience a brief opportunity to become oriented before proceeding. If you will refer to the same image several times during your presentation, duplicate images.
Clear Train of Thought
Ideas developed in the paper and supported by the images should flow smoothly in a logical sequence, without wandering to irrelevant asides or bogging down in detail. Everything presented verbally or visually should have a clear role supporting the paper's central thesis.
Rights to Use Material
Before using any text, image, or other material, make sure that you have the rights to use it. Complex laws and social rules govern how much of someone's work you can reproduce in a presentation. Ignorance is no defense. Check that you are not infringing on copyright or other laws or on the customs of academic discourse when using material.