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Conference Posters and Presentations: Posters

Tips on creating conference posters and presenting papers.


Looking at poster samples can give you inspiration and guidance.

Poster Design


Check out great and not so great examples to steer you in the right direction.

The Basics

Photo origin.

Research posters concisely summarize research in an eye-catching manner, and many academic conferences include a poster session.  Posters are:

  • summaries of your research - tell them the question you tried to answer, and quickly show your results
  • a mixture of text, graphics, charts and tables that are clearly organized
  • eye-catching and readable from 4-10 ft away
  • 300-800 words, no jargon

UMaine Specifics

The Information Technologies staff at Room 17 Shibles Hall print posters in a variety of sizes and paper types. Contact the University Tech Support Center at, 207.581.2506, or 800.696.4357 for information on printing services and costs.

UMaine Printing and Mailing Services also prints posters. Contact them at 207.581.3767 or

The Mechanics


Software guides on how to create a poster - computer lab and library computers have the software you need to make a great poster!


Weekend and Evening Printing

For printing posters "at the last minute," check with Information Technologies staff at Fogler Library.

Alternative evening and weekend poster printers in the area include, but are not limited to:

Contact the shops directly for information on costs and hours.


5729 Fogler Library · University of Maine · Orono, ME 04469-5729 ; (207) 581-1673

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