I am a PhD student and will give a "virtual poster presentation" at a conference this summer. It seems like the standard templates for academic posters are not appropriate here, because:
- it will likely be viewed on a much smaller screen than the standard poster-paper size
- although I imagine the format is more informal than in a conference talk, the lack of in-person interaction means I guess the content has to be presented more linearly, more like a standard conference talk.
The answers to this post indicate a much-simplified style would be better (i.e., make a poster which is like a single slide of a talk) . But the problem is that my topic is not very "visual" and, since the audience is mostly working in a different area to me, even explaining the minimal amount of context would probably make the slide so confusing and busy as to be unreadable.
Some alternatives I am considering:
- 'cheating' by making a set of slides and squeezing these onto a poster, so that I can go through it like a standard talk.
- making an extremely minimal poster (title, key point in one sentence, the main plots showing my results) and then writing up the rest of the background/explanatory content into a very short and informal paper, which anyone interested could download as a pdf link. This option seems like it would allow for better communication and would still work if people entered the online "room" at different times, but I'm not sure if this would be acceptable.
Is there a consensus on which of these options would be better? Or is there another format which might be more appropriate for such a presentation?