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.
- 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
- 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