What is a Scientific Poster?

A scientific poster is an illustrated summary of research that scientists and engineers use to present their scientific discoveries to larger audiences. A typical poster is printed on paper with dimensions of 36-inches (height) by 48-inches (width). Posters are displayed at events such as symposiums, conferences and meetings to show new discoveries, new results and new information to scientists and engineers from different fields. A large event can have hundreds of posters on display at one time with scientists and engineers standing beside their individual posters to showcase their research. Poster events are lively, loud and energetic. Attendees will walk around the event and stop at individual posters to interact with the poster presenter. The presenter and attendee will typically engage each other in 5-10 minutes of conversation as the presenter describes the research contained in the poster. Poster events will typically last a few hours so that attendees have enough time to visit and interact with many posters and poster presenters. This is a good time for scientists to learn from one another and start new research collaborations that could one day lead to new discoveries. Scientific posters are organized systematically into the following parts (or sections): Title, Authors, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments and References. Organizing a poster in this manner allows the reader to quickly comprehend the major points of the research and to understand the significance of the work.