Preparing a Poster at the San Francisco Conference
Posters challenge historians to think of creative ways to present their narratives visually, rather than just verbally. Presenting a poster allows you to interact more personally with the people who are interested in your research. People can view your poster throughout the entire conference and then come talk with you about your ideas during the special poster reception.
Posters will be displayed at the San Francisco conference from March 13-15, 2014. We will have a poster reception on Saturday evening, March 15. All poster presenters should make every effort to attend that session so that they may discuss their posters. An award for the most effective poster (quality of research and visual appeal) will be presented at the reception.
Instructions for Preparing Posters
- Posters should be formatted not to exceed a size of 36 inches across x 43 inches tall - vertical orientation.
- The conference site allows only the use of push-pins or T-pins to affix posters to cork boards; ASEH will provide push-pins and cork boards.
- Do not use thick foam board to mount your posters. Roll your poster and place in a tube or secure with a rubber band and bring it to the conference with you (see below).
- We regret that posters cannot be mailed to the conference site in advance.
Designing An Effective Poster
A poster typically includes a short title, an abstract, an introduction to your critical question, an overview of your sources and key results, and your conclusions. A good poster usually contains no more than 750 words total, so that a person can read your poster in 5-10 minutes. The following sites have excellent information on designing effective posters. We urge you to read at least one of these sites and follow their excellent guidelines:
- American Anthropological Association - this site includes very detailed guidelines on design, font size, printing, and graphics. The guidelines are not limited to science posters, which is helpful: http://www.aaanet.org/meetings/upload/how-to-create-anthropology-posters.pdf
- The Society for Conservation Biology - this site includes a helpful comparison of three posters (one ineffective, one average, and one good). http://www.conbio.org/professional-development/advice-for-students/help-designing-posters