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10-12 May 2018



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Guidelines for Poster Presenters


General Information
A poster presentation should be self-explanatory, allowing different viewers to proceed on their own while the author is free to supplement and discuss particular points raised in inquiry. Poster sessions offer a more intimate forum for information exchange than does the traditional spoken presentation, but discussion becomes difficult if the author is obliged to spend most of the time explaining the poster to a succession of visitors.

Poster Dimensions

For proper display at the venue, your poster should have a vertical (or portrait) orientation and be no larger than the following dimensions:

97 cm (approximately 38 inches)

147 cm (approximately 57 inches)

Preparing Your Poster

Prepare your poster using adequate letter type and size to ensure good readability. Well-designed figures, graphs and tables will enhance the attractiveness of your poster.


The title of your poster should be prominent, generally a banner across the top and visible to attendees from a distance. Lettering should be at least 2.54 cm (1 inch) high. The title on your poster should be identical to the title of its corresponding abstract in the program.

Poster boards are numbered and ordered by the abstract code included in the email with your schedule confirmation and in the program and mobile app. It is recommended that you include the poster number at the top of your poster, generally in the top left corner. The post number should be the same as the corresponding abstract in the program and mobile app.

Presenter and Co-author Names
The poster should include the names and affiliations of all the contributing authors included with the abstract in the program. The name and affiliation of the presenting author should be clearly indicated.


Figures should be designed to be viewed from a distance, using clear, visible graphics. Although each figure should illustrate no more than one or two major points, figures need not be simple. The main points should be clear without extended viewing, but detail can be included for the knowledgeable viewer.

Each figure or table should have a heading of one or two lines in large type stating the “take-home” message. Detailed information should be in smaller type in a legend below the graphic. Because there is no text accompanying a poster, the figure legend should contain commentary that would normally appear in the manuscript’s text (results and discussion). It should describe concisely not only the content of the figure but also the conclusions derived from it. Details of methodology should be kept brief and should be placed at the end of the legend.

When possible, please follow the Psychonomic Society Statistical Guidelines. Effect sizes should be reported and error bars with appropriate labels should be included on all graphs.


Arrange materials in columns rather than in rows. It is easier to scan a poster by moving systematically along it rather than by zigzagging back and forth in front of it. An introduction should be placed at the upper left and a conclusion at the lower right, both in large type. The sequence of illustrations should be indicated with numbers or letters at least 1-inch high, preferably in bold print.

You may find it convenient to have a separate section describing methods, but it is quite effective to include this information as part of the data presentation, as described above. Carefully chosen photographs of apparatus, or schematic diagrams of procedures, can convey a great deal of information about methods without much text. Most viewers will tend to skim or ignore long textual passages.

At the Meeting

Mounting and Presenting the Poster
The poster sessions will be held at the Beurs van Berlage in the Grote Zaal/Exhibition Room. The four sessions will be held in conjunction with a complimentary lunch or reception (hospitality).

Posters may be mounted one hour before your scheduled session. Mounting materials will be available in the poster area. Remove your poster no later than 20 minutes after the session ends. Posters left behind will be taken down and discarded. Please see below for the details of the viewing time and author presenting times (times subject to change).

Session Date Time
Poster Session 1
(during Opening Reception)
Thursday, 10 May
17:00 - 18:40 (5:00 p.m.-6:40 p.m.)
Setup: 16:00 - 17:00 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Poster Session 2
(with attendee lunch)
Friday, 11 May
12:00 - 13:40 (12:00 p.m.-1:40 p.m.)
Setup: 11:00 - 12:00 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Poster Session 3
(during evening reception)
Friday, 11 May
17:20 - 19:00 (5:20 p.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Setup: 16:00 - 17:00 (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
  Poster Session 4
(with attendee lunch)
Saturday, 12 May
12:00 - 13:40 (12:00 p.m.-1:40 p.m.)
Setup: 11:00 - 12:00 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Times may be subject to change.

The presenting author should be near the poster during the assigned poster viewing session. Please check the detailed program for the poster viewing schedule. The extended viewing time allows all interested attendees to see posters of their choice and reduce crowded conditions during poster sessions.

Bring a one-page handout that succinctly describes the research you are presenting. Handouts may be double-sided, but no larger than A4 (210x297mm) or Letter (8.5x11in). It can be difficult for attendees to visit every poster of interest, and providing a handout is one way of maximizing the audience for the poster, and facilitating information exchange about it. You may want to have a notepad and pen so that delegates can leave their email address and you can contact them after the meeting.

Materials are fixed to the tack board by pushpins. Do not write or paint on the tack boards. Projection equipment and electrical outlets are not available during poster sessions.

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