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Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2017
July 2nd - 6th 2017 Austin, USA

Information for Poster Presenters

In Advance and On Arrival

- Posters must be brought to the meeting by the presenter and should not be mailed in advance. (Several poster printing services are available in downtown Austin.)
- Posters should be printed in standard A0 size (84.1cm X 118.9cm or 33.1in X 46.8in) and should be portrait (not landscape).
- Each poster is allocated one poster board.
- Please do not use silk printing. If using silk printing, the adhesive will not stick and the poster will fall down.
- When you arrive please go to the Poster Registration Desk in the exhibition area where you will be directed to your poster board and given materials with which to hang your poster.
- Please note that the hanging, removal, and storage of posters is the presenter’s responsibility. Any posters remaining after the poster removal times will be disposed of by the Congress Secretariat. The Secretariat accepts no responsibility for any posters.
- Please note that photographs of posters may be taken for publicity purposes while they are on display.


Poster Presentation

- Poster presenters are requested to stand-by their posters during the manned session times in the final program.
- It is the responsibility of poster presenter to ensure that at least one of the authors is in attendance to make the brief introductory presentation and to take part in the poster discussion.


Poster Design Tips

- Don’t overload your poster. Make your most important points stand out.
- Seek simplicity, keep text to a minimum, and avoid redundancies.
- At the top of poster, please provide the title of the paper, names of the authors and their affiliations, all in bold lettering of about 2.5 to 3 cm size. Underline the presenting author’s name. Artwork and lettering should be large and clear enough so that the poster is readable from a distance of 1.5 m.
- Use 500 to 1,000 words (including title, figure legends, and tables) – definitely not more. The figures and tables should cover at least 50% of the poster area.
- The average reader spends 1-2 minutes on your poster. Highlight your main finding(s). Make the conclusions prominent while designing your poster. In general, you should structure your poster by objectives, materials and methods, results, and conclusions.
- Use (but don’t overuse) bold and colors.
- Avoid abbreviations and acronyms, especially in the conclusions.
- Feel free to provide one or more key references.
- Remember, avoid redundancy!
- Offering handouts of your abstract or poster (including your contact details) may facilitate future research communication with interested readers.