Poster Guidelines

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Poster Guidelines

Important Information

  • A poster should be complete and self-supporting so that different viewers may read at their leisure. The author should only need to supplement or discuss particular points raised during inquiry.
  • Remember that several people of varying degrees of interest and experience may view your poster at once. Therefore, make your points as complete and brief as possible.
  • The standard elements are:
    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results (with supporting figures)
    • Conclusion or Summary
  • Type should be easily seen from a short distance (3-6 feet)
  • Using the guidelines above, the introduction would be placed at the upper left, and the conclusion at the lower right, both in large type
  • It is not necessary to post a copy of the abstract


  • Prepare a banner for the top of the poster indicating the abstract title, authors, and affiliations
  • Suggested lettering sizes are 1.25″ high for the title, 0.75″ high for the author’s names, and 0.5″ high for affiliations


  • Minimize narrative
  • Use large type in short separated paragraphs
  • Do not set entire paragraphs in boldface or capital letters
  • Numbered or bulleted lists are a concise but effective way to convey a series of points


  • Figures should be easily seen from a distance
  • Use clear graphics and large type 
  • The main points should be straightforward without extended viewing, but details should be included for those who might wish to discuss. 
  • Because the amount of text is restricted, the figure legend could contain some of the commentary that would usually be contained in the body of a manuscript.

Poster Boards

  • Please prepare your poster as DIN A0 (841 wide x 1189 mm tall) in portrait format.
  • Because poster sessions can be crowded, it is best to present your material in columns (vertically), instead of rows (horizontally), so that viewers do not have to cross back and forth in front of each other to read the poster.
  • Posters are easiest to read using high contrast colours (for example, black lettering on a white background).
  • Push pins are provided for mounting your poster to the poster board. Tape, glue and other adhesives are not to be used on the poster boards.

List of themes

Primary Themes

Basic Neuroscience (biological)  
Climate Change and Environment        Diagnosis and Phenomenology
Ethical Issues
Functional Recovery
Health Inequalities
Lived Experience & Carers  Research Neurocognition & Neuroimaging
Pandemic Related Mental Health Psychopharmacology
Psychosocial Interventions
Public Policy
Service System Development and Reform
Social and Cultural Determinants               Stress Responsivity
Translational Research

Secondary Themes

Anxiety Disorders
Comorbid Conditions
Eating Disorders
First Episode Psychosis
Mood Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Personality Disorders
Psychosis NOS
PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorders)
Substance Use
Transdiagnostic Approaches
Ultra High Risk/Prodromal Research          Other