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Anaheim Marriott
Anaheim, California, United States
26 - 30 April 2020
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Poster Presentation Guidelines

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Presenting your poster
The poster session maximizes your opportunity to interact with conference participants.

Please read the following guidelines and information before you begin to create your presentation. Give considerable thought to the design of your poster to make sure that it stands out as an attractive and informative presentation. 

Abstract Deadline
16 October 2019

Author Notification
20 December 2019

Manuscript Deadline
1 April 2020

Poster session dates, locations, and times

29 April
10:00 AM –
4:00 PM
Anaheim Marriott
Room: TBD
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
7:30 PM

In order to be fully considered for a Poster Award, it is recommended to have your poster up as soon as possible.
Posters should remain on display until the end of the Poster Session.

Poster instructions

  • Paper numbers will be placed on the poster boards in numerical order; please find your paper number and put up your poster in the designated space.

  • Push pins, tape, or Velcro will be provided to hang your poster.

  • Each poster must have a presenter.

  • Poster Presenters are required to stand by the poster during the scheduled poster session to answer questions from attendees.


Presenters who have not placed their poster(s) on their assigned board at least 60 minutes prior to the start of the poster session, and for the duration of the poster session, will be considered a "no show," and their manuscript will not be published.

  • Presenters must remove their posters immediately after the poster session. SPIE assumes no responsibility for posters and will not save abandoned posters.

Creating your poster

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 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.

Display area:


Maximum 45 inches wide x 45 inches high
(114 cm x 114 cm)


  • Poster templates available (3 size options)
36 x 44 inches
40 x 44 inches
44 x 44 inches

  • Posters must fit within the designated display area.


Poster presentations are hard-copy (paper/poster) format only.

Font sizes (suggested minimums):

  • 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.

Add QR Code (optional):

  • Use a QR code on your poster to give the audience more information about your presentation.
  • The barcode can be designed to link the person viewing your poster to a related video, your website, or your contact information.


How to create a QR code, using best practices:
What You Need to Know About QR Codes

Contact your Program Coordinator (listed in SPIE.org account)