# Instructions for Contributed Talks and Posters

# Tips for preparing a poster

Those of you for whom this will be their first poster session might find it a bit intimidating. There are many tools that facilitate poster creation, e.g LaTeX/Beamer, Powerpoint, Keynote. Our number-one pick is latex due to its flexibility. A good place to start might be Overleaf poster gallery: https://www.overleaf.com/gallery/tagged/poster There, you will find many templates for your poster. Also, if you are a student, you may ask your supervisor for the template by your organization.

Despite the selected tool, try to follow these simple rules:

  • Simplicity is the key to easy understanding by your audience.
  • Less is more – don’t try to fill as much text as possible. Your poster should read like a good story, not a detailed manuscript.
  • Highlight the most important parts of your poster for the best effective.
  • Remember that typically viewers will only dedicate at most a few minutes to read a single poster. What is it that they should really learn about your work in that time?

The printed version of the poster has to be A0-size in a vertical orientation or smaller.


Tips from our scientific board

“I typically start working on the poster with a set of images that will catch passer-by's attention. I try to fill at least 50% of the paper with graphics: visual examples, diagrams and graphs, as these are much easier to digest for the readers. They should convey the main message, i.e. looking at the graphics only, you should be able to understand what the poster is about. Remember that people look at the top of the poster to read the title first and then they reach down to the central part of the poster. This is where your shiniest, prettiest graphics should sit!” - Tomasz Trzciński, PhD. Eng.

“The aim of your poster is to make the your viewer curious. It should present a catching story, a big idea you want to “sell”. Do not be worried about telling only part of the story. The poster is not meant to be self-contained, once the viewer is attracted it did its job to foster interactions between you and the reader. Then it is your turn as a presenter to make the viewer even more curious.” - Piotr Miłoś, PhD

“At a poster session, the easiest way to find an interesting collaborator, advisor, employer is to show what you are interested in - you will surely find many like-minded people among your audience! Think about projects that you had at university or for private companies or just some for-fun projects.” - Przemysław Biecek, PhD. Eng.

“I like * bulletpointed posters with keywords in bold. Your poster is not an essay - it's rather an elevator pitch of your brilliant idea. It doesn't have to disclose all the technical details including your learning rate parameter or batch size, it should rather intrigue the reader into reaching out and asking "that sounds like an exciting idea, can you tell me a bit more?"” - Tomasz Trzciński, PhD. Eng.