Blue Waters Symposium
Poster and Lightning Talk Guidelines for IMES

Making a Poster

  • A piece of 30” x 40” foam core will be provided as well as push pins, tape, spray glue, etc. to allow you to attach your materials
  • The focus should be on the content rather than the look of the poster.
  • There will not be any judging of the posters.
  • One large poster or multiple smaller sheets of paper may be used to present the content of your research. We do not want you to spend money preparing a poster.

Poster Content

  • Title: project title
  • Team members and affiliations
  • Description of tools and methods
  • Objective for PRAC collaboration (describe benefits for PRAC teams to work with your team)
  • Acknowledgments: include any sources of funding/support you received and the Blue Waters specific acknowledgment:

This research is part of the Blue Waters sustained-petascale computing project, which is supported by the National Science Foundation (awards OCI-0725070 and ACI-1238993) and the state of Illinois. Blue Waters is a joint effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and its National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Tips for Designing a Poster

  • Keep it Simple!
  • Arrange your material in a logical progression
  • Arrange materials in columns
  • Don’t try to include too much information on the poster
  • Selecting Colors and Fonts
    • Use only 2 or 3 colors in the poster: too many colors can be distracting
    • Select font colors and background colors to maximize contrast:  A dark font on a light background is more easily read than vice versa
    • Choose a font size and style that can be read easily from several feet away
  • To emphasize a point, use bold or italics rather than underlining as underlined words can be more difficult to read

Lightning Talks 

  • Introduce your team and title (1 slide )
  • Tools and Methods overview (2-3 slides)
  • Objective for collaborations with PRAC teams (1-2 slides)
  • market your poster for the poster session
  • 5 slide maximum, 6 minutes per talk plus time for 1 question