Poster session

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A poster session at the EPFL.

A poster presentation, at a congress or conference with an academic or professional focus, is the presentation of research information, usually peer-reviewed work,[contradictory] in the form of a paper poster that conference participants may view. A poster session is an event at which many such posters are presented. Poster sessions are particularly prominent at scientific conferences such as medical congresses.[1][2][3]

Typically a separate room or area of a trade show floor is reserved for the poster session where researchers accompany a paper poster, illustrating their research methods and outcomes.[3] Each research project is usually presented on a conference schedule for a period ranging from 10 minutes to several hours. Very large events may feature a few thousand poster presentations over a matter of a few days.[4]

A poster session at the CNIT.

Presentations usually consist of affixing the research poster to a portable wall with the researcher in attendance answering questions posed by passing colleagues.[3] The poster itself varies in size according to conference guidelines from 2x3 feet to 4x8 feet in dimensions.[3][5] Posters are often created using a presentation program such as PowerPoint and may be printed on a large format printer. Posters are often printed on a glossy base and laminated with plastic to improve durability.

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  1. ^ Writing@CSU, Colorado State University, Definition of a Poster Session.
  2. ^ Department of Biology, George Mason University, A Guide to Writing in the Biological Sciences, The Poster Session. Archived 2009-04-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c d Purrington, Colin (February 19, 2010). "Designing conference posters". Colin Purrington. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  4. ^ See, for example, the 4th Annual International Open Repositories Conference, May 2009, Poster Presentations. Archived 2008-10-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ American Society of Primatologists, Expanded guidelines for Giving a Poster Presentation. Archived 2009-09-19 at the Wayback Machine.

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