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Some hints and tips for staff and students that are helpful for anyone else creating large poster presentations in academia.

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Producing an academic poster

Top Tips for Making a Poster Presentation

A poster is a graphically based approach to presenting research. In presenting your research with a poster, you should aim to use the poster as a means for generating active discussion of the research.

An effective poster is:

  1. Focused - there is a single message
  2. Graphic - let graphs and images tell the story
  3. Ordered - keep the sequence well-ordered and obvious

Enhance your Learning

This video demonstrates the complete creation of a research poster. It shows all the steps involved in the creation of the poster. From the insertion of the title to the references section.

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Overview-How to design a poster presentation

Enhance your Wellness

What is the most meaningful and important relationship you will ever have? Your relationship with yourself! When we are critical and unkind toward ourselves, it can negatively impact motivation, mood and energy levels. Kindness and compassion are more encouraging then criticism and judgment. Learn about the research and practices that can help you develop self-compassion here: http://self-compassion.org/.

For more wellness resources, see https://services.viu.ca/counselling/health-wellness-resources.

Student Support Areas

Research & Scholarly Activity

The Celebration of Research Excellence and Knowledge Transfer Event (CREATE)


Prepare Presentations

Prepare Presentations and Projects

Hints for managing your projects and designing poster and slide presentations

Value for Me?

An effective poster will help you engage colleagues in conversation and get your main point(s) across to as many people as possible.

Technology Integration

Making an academic research poster using Power Point

PowerPoint Poster Template used in video above

Additional Research Poster Templates for MS PowerPoint

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