Poster Session

Overview

All Centers are encouraged to showcase two posters during the poster session! We recommend reading carefully the guidelines provided below, and to review the slide deck on How to Prepare an Effective Poster (need to watch it on play mode), especially if students will be presenting.

Dimensions

  1. The dimensions of our poster boards are 4’ high by 8’ wide. These boards are double-sided. Each side will be used for two posters.
  2. Each center will be assigned a poster board, and can use both sides (one for each poster).
  3. Posters may be printed in portrait or landscape format.
  4. Posters should be printed on paper or fabric. Please do not use foam core.
  5. Please keep in mind that your poster should be legible from at least 3 feet away.

Content and Messaging

We strongly suggest using the poster templates provided by NSF program officers (links to download the templates below).

Technical Poster (download template here)

  1. Heading
    • Logos: Your Center’s logo, NSF ERC logo
    • ERC Name and acronym
    • Lead institution
    • Core partner institutions
    • Center vision
  2. Body
    • Research
    • Workforce Development
    • Innovation Ecosystem
    • Culture of Inclusion

General Audience Poster (download template here)

  1. Heading
    • Logos: Your Center’s logo, NSF ERC logo
    • ERC Name and acronym
    • Lead institution
    • Core partner institutions
    • States involved
    • Center Goal in laymen’s words, not technical
  2. Body
    • Impact on Constituents
    • Bearing on NAE’s Grand Challenges
    • Scientific Progress
    • Impact Results Attained

Technical Poster Template

General Audience Poster Template

During the Conference

  1. Posters should be hung before your poster session begins. There are periodic networking breaks throughout the day during which you can set up your poster. Onsite staff at the registration desk can help you find the poster session area and/or your poster number, if needed.
  2. Thumbtacks will be available onsite for mounting the displays.
  3. Designate at least one center representative to stand by your posters for the duration of the poster session.
  4. Consider providing a handout summarizing your research and include your contact information or be sure to have your business cards available for those who request your contact information. If you plan to provide a handout, please print these and bring them the conference.
  5. Please remove your poster from the board following the poster session.