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Poster Presentations

This guide will show you how to create poster presentations for conferences and other events.

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What is a Poster Presentation?

Poster presentations at a conference

(Image from user Copyleft on Wikipedia Commons, CC BY 3.0)

A poster presentation is the presentation of research at a conference, symposium, or other type of meeting.  Presenters typically stand at their poster and answer questions from audience members.  Research may be presented by individuals or groups.  Posters are used to present research in many disciplines. Overall, they should be easy to read and contain only the most important information. Posters can be printed and displayed, displayed digitally on a screen, or hosted online depending on the modality of the meeting. 

Getting Started

Although there is no one standard for poster presentations, there are certain guidelines that are helpful to follow:

  • The poster should not be just a copy-and-paste version of the article
  • It should be a visually pleasing display of results
  • Keep wording and pictures simple and easy to read
  • Follow the rules for your discipline or specific conference
  • Make sure if you use images, they are not copyright-protected (see our guide, Copyright and Fair Use)

Touro College Poster Templates

Below are the links to the mandated poster and PowerPoint templates for Touro College faculty and students. To access the template files, you will need your TouroOne username and password.



Ramona Guthrie's posterMeira Orentlicher's poster

Examples from Touro College's 2015 Research Day: Ramona Guthrie's poster on left; Meira Orentlicher's poster on right


You can get started designing a poster with a program you may already have:

  • Word processor like Word or Pages
  • Presentation software like PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides
  • Design software, such as InDesign or Illustrator

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Or check out some of these free online tools:

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