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Poster Formatting Instructions

Submission Instructions

Send your PDF file, formatted for A0 size paper, to Henning Zahn (

The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m. 15 July 2003.

We will then print out the pdf file, so your poster will be ready when you arrive.


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Poster Format
There are two types of sheets in a poster:

The title sheet [t] includes the poster title, the name and affiliation of the author, and, optionally, the name of the supervisor. The title sheet has the following parts: 1.1.
The title in at least 24 pt (36 pt or 48 pt is better) upper-case and lower-case letters.

The author's name and affiliation (organization name only please) below the title in at least 18 pt (24 pt or 30 pt is better) upper-case and lower-case letters.

Optionally, the supervisor's name, in the format "Supervisor: name", below the author's name in 18 pt upper-case and lower-case letters.

You should use a large enough font size to be easy visible from several meters (feet) away and that will draw people to view your poster. Use all of the space on the title sheet effectively; avoid leaving too much empty space.

The information sheets [a1, a2, a3, a4, a5, a6] contain the content of the poster. Note that you do not need to use 6 sheets, but that is the maximum number of content sheets you are allowed. You should design your information layout according to the following guidelines: 2.1.
The introductory paragraphs should be in a larger typeface than you use in a detailed descriptive section. The typeface should be readable at a distance of two to three meters (while the smallest type you use may be readable at a distance of only one meter). Generally speaking, keep in mind that the larger and bolder your presentation, the more enticing it will be to the people seeing it at a distance. The real challenge then, after you have attracted attention to your poster, is to provide enough interesting and readable detail for someone who wants to learn more. One compromise might be to have some parts that are packed with useful information and are typeset in a smaller font. Don't forget, however, that important results should be big enough for reading at a reasonable distance!

You should try to use paragraphs with centered titles, such as "Overview", and "Methodology" in at least 18 pt upper-case and lower-case boldface letters.

Make effective use of titles for paragraphs, figures and other material. Use a typeface that is readable at two to three meters (boldface helps) for the major part of the titles (for visibility) and regular type for details.

A multicolumn format usually improves readability by reducing line length and allowing for more text structuring.

Color should be used to effectively communicate what you want to present (e.g., for emphasis, in graphs and other graphics).

Figures (including diagrams, charts, graphs and schematics) are a good way to communicate interesting ideas.

Remember: posters are supposed to be interactive. You will be there to explain the details. Your poster should only convey the most relevant points not all the fine detail of your research.

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Poster Layouts

Note that all content sheets must have the same layout (either all vertical or all horizontal). All sheets will be printed using a color printer.

Layout option 1
Layout option 2
The blue background of our templates is not obligatory. Please feel free to change it according to your own judgement and as seems fit.
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