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LD Poster Presentation Guidelines

Congratulations on being accepted as a poster presenter! The poster session maximizes your opportunity to interact with Symposium participants.

Please read the following guidelines and information before you begin to create your poster presentation. Give considerable thought to the design and presentation of your poster to make sure that it stands out as an attractive and informative presentation. You want to be certain that the 'reader' of the poster comes away with a clear understanding of your research.

Display Area

  • 90 inches wide x 45 inches tall. Push pins will be provided to hang your poster
  • Poster presentations are hard-copy (paper/poster) format only
  • Posters must fit within the designated space listed above
  • The most successful and attractive posters are graphically-produced posters that highlight and summarize the main points, with the poster presenter filling in the details
  • The least effective poster format is a photocopy of the manuscript.

Your Poster Presentation Should Include:

  • The paper title and all authors at the top of the poster
  • A brief introduction, goals, experimental detail, conclusions, and references (make sure this information is presented in a logical and clear sequence)
  • Explanations for graphs, pictures, and tables.

Font Sizes (suggested minimum)

  • Title: 36 point type
  • List of authors: 25 point type
  • Double-spaced text: 15 point type
  • The entire poster layout should be readable from six to ten feet away
  • Be careful in your use of colors, some people are red-green color blind and some colors do not stand out in contrast to others.

QR Codes (optional)

  • SPIE is promoting the idea of QR Codes for authors to incorporate into their posters
  • This would allow you to add a 3D barcode readable by smartphones
  • The barcode can be designed to link the person viewing your poster to a related video, your website, or your contact information
  • Please use the following link to assist you with best practices and where you can begin:



  • You may set up your poster between 7:50-8:20 am on the day of your poster session. If you do not have your poster set up by 10:00 am, you will be considered a no show and your manuscript will not be published.

Poster Session

  • A poster author or coauthor is required to stand by the poster during the scheduled poster sessions to answer questions from attendees. Each poster is scheduled for 2 poster sessions. Please see the technical program for scheduled times.
  • It is your responsibility to remove your poster and all materials as soon as the second poster session of that day is over. Posters and all materials remaining will be considered unwanted and will be discarded.

Poster Overviews

  • On the day of your poster sessions, poster authors are asked to give a 2-minute/2-viewgraph overview of their posters in the order they appear in the program. These 2 viewgraphs are due to SPIE prior to the meeting, by 20 September 2016. Please submit your slides directly to Pat Wight, patw@spie.org

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