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There are three components to your poster session:
All three components should complement one another, not repeat each other.
Poster: Your poster should be an outline of your research with interesting commentary about what you learned along the way.
You: You should prepare a 10-30 second elevator pitch and a 1-2 minute lightning talk about your research. This should be a unique experience or insight you had about your research that adds depth of understanding to what the attendee can read on your poster.
Handout: Best practices for handouts - Your handout should be double-sided. The first side of the paper should include a picture of your poster (this can be in black and white or color). The second side of the handout should include your literature review, cited references, further information about your topic and your contact information.
*Required. Everything else is optional - you decide what is important to put on your poster. These are just suggestions. Use the tabs in this guide for more tips on how to create your poster.
You can create your poster from scratch by using PowerPoint or a similar design program.
Resize the slide to fit your needs before you begin adding any content. Standard poster sizes range from 40" by 30" and 48" by 36" but you should check with the conference organizers. If you don't resize your design at the beginning, when it is printed the image quality will be poor and pixelated if it is sized up to poster dimensions.
The standard poster sizes for ideaFest are 36" x 48" and 24" by 36".
To resize in PowerPoint, go to "File" then "Page Setup..." and enter your dimensions in the boxes for "width" and "height". Make sure to select "OK" to save your changes.
To resize in Google Slides, go to "File" then "Page setup" and select the "Custom" option in the drop down menu. Enter the dimensions for your poster size and then select "Apply" to save your changes.