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Poster Tips

Poster proposals will be accepted January 21 – April 14, 2021.

A poster session is a presentation in which materials such as maps, photographs, graphs, charts, and/or tables are posted on a display board along with brief textual summaries of your work. Ideally, a well-constructed poster will be self-explanatory. Successful poster presentations are those that achieve both coverage and clarity.

Coverage: In addition to title/author and abstract, most successful posters provide brief statements of introduction, method, subject, procedure, results, and conclusions. Ask yourself the following:

  • Have you provided all the obvious information?
  • Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material?
  • Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions?
  • What would you need to know if you were viewing this material for the first time?

Clarity: People attending a poster session are free to move about from poster to poster and often must view a poster from a distance, making it difficult to read excessive text and small fonts. With this in mind, we recommend you do the following:

  • Use large fonts and limit text to essential information. Place your major points in the poster and have the nonessential, but interesting, sidelights for informal discussion.
  • Keep content simple and communicate clearly.
  • Consider whether the sequence of information is evident. Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows when necessary.
  • “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” Imaginative use of captioned illustrations, photographs, graphs, or other types of visually appealing material is an extremely effective mode of communication in a poster presentation.
  • Make your final conclusions or summary a concise statement of your most important findings.

Each poster display should include a lettered sign giving the title and name(s) of the presenter(s). This sign should be 6” in height with letters at least 2” high in a bold font.

Authors are provided a 4-foot-high x 8-foot-wide (122 cm x 244 cm) bulletin board on which to display a summary of their paper. Authors must remain near the bulletin board for the duration of the session (45 minutes) to answer questions. Note that poster presenters are not supplied with audiovisual equipment or electricity.

Key Dates


  • June 15, 2021
    Conference Early Registration Opens
  • August 16, 2021
    Early Conference Registration Closes
  • August 30, 2021
    Housing Deadline
  • September 2, 2021
    Registration Cancellation Deadline
  • September 21, 2021 – September 23, 2021
    2020 ASA Biopharmaceutical Section Regulatory-Industry Statistics Workshop
  • Program Participants

  • April 16, 2021 – May 20, 2021
    Invited Abstract Submission Open for Accepted Parallel Sessions
  • May 25, 2021 – June 10, 2021
    Session Editing
  • July 7, 2021 – August 25, 2021
    Abstract Editing
  • July 16, 2021
    Speaker/Participant Registration Deadline
  • August 23, 2021
    Short Course materials due from Instructors