Posters are an important means of communication at any conference. Not only does it allow a dialogue between workers in the same field, it can also be of inspiration to young scientists looking for ideas and research topics. A selection of authors will be given the opportunity to make a five minute oral presentation of their work. The quality of the poster presentations is therefore important to the success of the conference. Unfortunately, the ideas as to what constitutes a poster varies from pinning up the paper to a fully fledged commercial type of presentation. Ideally, a poster should be between these two extremes.

A panel of 173 cm ( 68") wide by 120 cm ( 47") high at a convenient height will be provided for each poster. These will be arranged around the room in groups of two or three with the presentation area facing towards the centre of the room. The organisers will attempt to group similar posters from the same laboratory. Pins should be used to fix your contribution (soft construction board).

Posters should be mounted during the lunch break and be ready before the start of the afternoon sessions at 14:00. At the end of the poster session, posters should be removed quickly.


  1. An area of 10 cm by 10 cm (4" by 4") must be left available at the top left hand corner for the poster number (provided by the organisers).
  2. Keep in mind that lettering for titles, authors, headings etc. should be legible from a reasonable viewing distance.
  3. Do not use excessive text boxes, a graph or a properly annotated drawing conveys far more information. However, be careful to maintain text clarity on drawings. Use colour but avoid gimmicks.
  4. Do not pin up a photocopy, even enlarged, of your paper. This is unfair to the conference participants.
  5. The poster should be self explanatory. Posters are a means of communication and discussion. Thus the authors, or someone knowledgeable to represent them, should be present for the major part of the session. Controls will be made, and the Programme Committee reserve the right to exclude a paper from the proceedings if there is inadequate coverage.
  6. Remember that the poster disseminates information about your laboratory or experiment.
  7. Consider having a separate note pad to record requests for preprints or further contacts. Have some preprints available.
  8. Otherwise you have a free hand !!!
  9. Authors giving an oral preview are reminded that the total time allocated for each presentation is five minutes. Please prepare yourself accordingly.

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