Requisites for Poster presentation

The selected papers should reflect a balance between practicality, ethical considerations, expert insights, and actionable takeaways. By adhering to these criteria, the conference aims to empower young thoracic surgeons with valuable knowledge and skills that contribute to their professional growth and ethical practice.

1) 48”w x 36”h (122cm w x 91cm h)

2) 60”wx36”h(152cmwx91cmh

3) 72”wx36”h(183cmwx91cmh)

Poster Layout

The poster can be divided into sections similar to those in your abstract, but does not necessarily have to be labelled as such:


The title should be simple, concise and provide an accurate description of the data being presented. A good title is essential and a good way to ‘sell’ your work – think of it as a newspaper headline.

Lettering should be 1 1⁄2“[3.81 cm]

  • Authors and affiliations
  • Background/Rationale

The background/rationale should highlight important points relevant to your hypothesis and aim.

Hypothesis and/or Aim


The methods should be succinct and provide enough detail to allow the audience to understand how the study was performed. A short description of the statistical methods used may be outlined.


Organize your data to optimize flow. If you employ a 3-4 column format with figures in the middle, the figures with legends could be your entire results section, provided that your legends are fully self-explanatory.


The conclusion/discussion should provide a short summary of the results and provide a meaningful interpretation of the results. Future directions could be included too.

Acknowledgements (not essential)

References (not essential)

  • Do not use more than 3 fonts:

Sans Serif fonts for titles, labels and headings

 Serif fonts for body text

Dos and Don’ts

Do not Underline, it makes text hard to read. Use large enough fonts

Keep at least 30-40% white space:

Add some color, but don’t go overboard.

Uniform look for Figures and pictures

Resolution: a minimum of 300 dpi image resolution is needed, ideally 600 dpi.

Be careful with sourced images: Are you allowed to use the image? What referencing requirement does the creator have? If you can’t find this information, assume you can’t use the image, or contact the creator!

Labels: make sure everything is properly labelled: axes, plot lines etc. in your figures, does A) B) C) labelling correspond with your legends? Is each image labelled? Many viewers will just scan the figures and legends to gauge their interest in a poster, so these need to be able to be


QR Codes: It is appropriate to include QR Codes to link the audience to the poster data or a printable poster pdf.


Regardless of which layout you choose, design your poster to be read by column (left to right) and not across. This will facilitate a smooth and organized flow of the traffic through your poster.

Poster Layout Ideas

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