Poster Guidelines

  • Dimensions for Paper Posters are maximum 3’10” x 3’10”. There will be 2 paper posters displayed on each side of the Poster Boards onsite, so please ensure you adhere to this request.
  • Poster Boards are velcro friendly; a reasonable amount of velcro adhesives will be provided onsite for attaching posters


focus on a manageable amount of information and avoid cramming too much information into your poster anticipate the types of questions your poster might generate and be prepared to respond to them handout materials can augment your presentation and increase the satisfaction of the delegates

bring business cards for follow-up contact always recognize questions as legitimate and respect the participation of interested delegates shake hands and make eye contact when responding to questions if you are unable to answer a question, don’t be afraid to admit it

talk to colleagues who have presented posters to get ideas for structure and format; if you get a chance, attend other poster presentations the top of the poster should have a clear label indicating the abstract title, authors and affiliations. Lettering should be at least 1” high

a poster should take no more than 5 minutes for a reader to comprehend
poster should be brief, concise and appealing aim to make complex ideas simple, rather than simple ideas complex think of ways to attract delegates’ interest in your poster try to answer the 6 questions of journalism: who, what, when, where, why and how introduce groups by sub-headings using bold/larger size font utilize point or bullet form instead of sentence/paragraph structure maintain gender and racial neutrality

a professional looking poster leaves a positive first impression
make the poster eye catching and visually appealing
colour adds important visual attraction and can be added in background mounts, text, pictures, diagrams or charts avoid text in red or green: a significant portion of the population is red/green colour blind
thick, coloured cardboard or lightweight, coloured foam mattes can be used for visual appeal font sizes should be at least 1/2” to 3/4” high for text; typewriter size in unacceptable text that is written on white is much easier to read experiment with different mount shapes (ie., pie chart on a round matte)

posters can be blown up professionally onto very large boards and divided into several smaller sections; sections can be assembled at the conference avoid pastes or glues on backgrounds that might wrinkle or appear bumpy protect corners of your posters from curling or becoming bent add a rigid background into the poster carrying bag to keep it flat large poster valises are available; your hospital’s audiovisual department may have one to loan

We wish you all the best as you prepare for what we are sure will be a successful presentation. If you have any questions, please contact the CANNT National Office at 613-507-6053 or by email