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How to Make a Science Research Poster: Start

A guide on how to make a scientific research poster for a conference, class, or university event

What is a science research poster?

  • A unique format that combines a visual aid with an oral presentation
  • A major component of scientific conferences
  • Allows one to share a scientific project in an informal manner with their peers over a set time period (often 1-4 hours)
  • A reader should be able to roughly understand it without the verbal component

Illustration credit: Yoo Jung Kim

The goal of a scientific poster

The main goal of a scientific poster is to communicate your scientific project in a clear and concise manner. It also provides an excellent opportunity to network and showcase and get feedback on unpublished work.

Image credit: Conference presentations: Lead the poster parade, Chris Woolston, Nature 536, 115–117  doi:10.1038/nj7614-115a

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