ANZSRS Poster Guidelines

Posters will be on display in the Exhibition Hall from Saturday 28 March to Sunday 29 March. Please hang your poster as early as possible so that delegates are able to view your poster prior to the poster session. This is important as there will not be much time to view the posters during the poster session.

Poster authors should be at their posters during their allocated poster presentation session.

  • Each poster is limited in size to 1186 high x 900 wide (millimetres) and portrait orientation is required. Larger posters cannot be accommodated.
  • Poster boards will be Velcro compatible.
  • The 90 minute poster session will comprise of two groups. Each group will be led by a mentor who will facilitate discussion of your poster within the group.
  • There will be a maximum of 2 minutes dedicated to your poster due to the large number of posters in the session. Poster presenters can utilise up to 3 PowerPoint slides for illustration of their research methods and results.
  • Once the allocated time has elapsed, the mentored group will move to the next poster.
  • During the 90 minute session (before and after your mentored group discussion), please stay close to your poster as you will be visited by other interested delegates who may not have been part of your mentored group.
  • Please note that acceptance of your abstract is taken as confirmation of your agreement to have your abstract published in the Meeting Proceedings and/or Meeting app.


 All presenting authors (oral and poster) must register and pay to attend the Meeting by 31 January 2020 to be included in the handbook. Registrations are open and earlybird prices close on 24 January.

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Student Registration:
Students must submit a letter from their supervisor defining their student status and include a copy of their current student card when registering for the Meeting. On registration, students will be asked to email this documentation to

Guide for preparation of posters

Your poster should be self-explanatory, so that you are free to supplement and discuss particular points raised by viewers. Remember that your material/illustrations will be viewed from distances of one metre or more. Lettering should be as large as possible and preferably in bold type.

SIMPLICITY is the key:
- brief captions
- tables that are few in number but clear
- succinct text

  1. INITIAL SKETCH. Focus your attention on a few key points. Try various styles of data presentation to achieve clarity and simplicity. Does the use of colour help? What needs to be expressed in words?
  2. ROUGH LAYOUT. Enlarge your best initial sketch, keeping the dimensions in proportion to the final poster. Ideally, the rough layout should be full size. Draw rough graphs and tables. This will give you an idea of proportions and balance. 
  3. FINAL LAYOUT. The artwork is complete. The text and tables are typed but not necessarily enlarged to full size. Now ask - "Is the message clear? Do the important points stand out? Is there a balance between words and illustrations? Is the pathway through the poster clear?"
  4. BALANCE. The figures and tables ought to cover slightly more than 50% of the poster area. If you have only a few illustrations, make them large. Do not omit text, but keep it brief. The poster should be understandable without oral explanation.
  5. TYPOGRAPHY. Avoid abbreviations, acronyms and jargon. Use a consistent type-style throughout. Use large type, for example HELVETICA. A 22mm x 30mm sheet photo statically enlarged 50% makes text readable from 1.5 metres.
  6. MOVEMENT. The movement (pathway) of the eye over the poster ought to be natural (down columns and along rows). Size attracts attention. Arrows, hands, numbers and symbols can clarify sequence.
  7. SIMPLICITY. Do not overload the poster. More material may mean less communication. Ask yourself, what do I want the viewer to remember?