May 20 2013

Scientific Poster Sessions

I am presenting a poster for the first time in years. I hope I remember how to do it!


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  1. 1

    1) Look pleasant and engaging.

    2) Don’t say “fukken” more than once or twice per five minutes.

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    Sam N

    Let’s see, some of my favorite things from a presenter:

    Make sure, if I say, “I don’t have much time, could you give me the quick version?” that you spend at least 20 minutes going over the methods in excruciating detail, and then after you’ve sapped my already waning conference energy, followup by failing to provide an answer to the question, “so why are you doing this experiment?”

    Bonus points if your introduction is a massive block of text and your results are all crammed into a single panel labeled “Results” instead of using that headline space to describe what you’re actually showing.

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    Do not steal the format of your poster, then then threaten to sue the originator and copyright holder when called on it.


  4. 4

    No shit. I’m looking at posters being presented for … well, it’s kinda part of what I do for a living. Couple times a year.


  5. 5

    What DM said. But also make sure that the color of your outfit appropriately matches the content of your poster.

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    If you have graphs, try to do them in just red and green (or maybe green and brown, or blue and purple if you need more colors).

    It keeps those with abnormal color perception on their toes.


  7. 7

    I have a suggestion, do a poster on the scientific method CP style.

    Ask a fukken question
    Get the fukken ipadde out and do some mutherfukken research
    Construct a fukken hypothesis that any dumshitte would think makes sense
    Test that mutherfukker of a hypothesis by doing some fukken bullshitte experiment
    Analyze the data and come to some conclusion that most other mutherfukken dickes might agree with
    Communicate results on a fukken blogge

    Add some pics of penne bolognaise and itte’s dunne!

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    3) Don’t ignore the poor schlub in the back because he “looks Libertarian”.

    4) Risitto recipe printed on back of the poster handouts!

  9. 9

    A picture of a sweeping broom in the middle of the poster with “Wheeeeeeee!!!!” or “Here we gooooo!!!” written underneath it in humungous, massive text.

  10. 10

    physioproffe presenting a poster???? can we at least get some fucken audio/visual evidence of this?????

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