Academic posters – does anyone like them?

Angus Ferraro

Today I presented a poster to members of my department as part of the welcome programme for incoming PhD students. The idea is to give new PhD students a flavour of what is going on in the department and where they could end up in a couple of years, and to plant seeds for collaboration. The poster session is a standard part of academic conferences. People put up posters about their work for others to look at. Some presenters loiter by their posters to give verbal summaries and to answer questions.

Poster sessions are useful because it allows a large number of people to present their work simultaneously and provides plenty of opportunities for interaction with the most relevant people. An oral presentation, by contrast, is principally a one-way flow of information in a formal setting. Posters are more efficient at getting information to those who need it.

But I…

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