I have in a few days a scientific conference and I will present my work in the form of a poster. Now I am in the process of looking for models of scientific posters, Please who can help me find some example.

  • Your institution might have a coporate design and offers a poster template. Mar 1, 2017 at 9:32
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    Where did you already look and what did/didn't you like? Because a simple Google search already yields dozens of examples.
    – Jeroen
    Mar 1, 2017 at 10:00
  • @FuzzyLeapfrog: Even if that is the case, that is often just a frame/background, while the OP may rather be looking for an example of how to present the content. And with that said, I have found templates by university PR departments to often be fit for marketing purposes, but somewhat unsuitable for scientific posters. Mar 1, 2017 at 10:38
  • @O.R.Mapper As it seems to be unclear whether OP is looking for models of scientific posters regarding the design or the content or the text-figure-ratio or something else, a clarification of the question by OP might be useful. Regarding the corporate designs for posters and slides, I made only very good experiences so far (4 universities, 1 research center). Wondering whether these good experiences are only a local (Germany, Switzerland) phenomenon? Mar 1, 2017 at 10:47
  • @FuzzyLeapfrog: I made my observations mainly in Germany, both related to posters and presentation slides. University-wide templates actually used by the researchers (rather than just for marketing/administrative purposes) were extremely rare, and if available, they were rarely suitable for research. Of course, these things can vary considerably between institutions and often depend a lot on personal preferences of people high-up in the hierarchy or in the PR department. Mar 1, 2017 at 10:56

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See Colin Purrington's advice on designing conference posters. You can find it here: http://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design

For more examples than you'll ever want, see the comment above by Danny Ruijters.

(I know we frown on link-only answers here, but Purrington's pages have been very stable for a very long time, and the advice is too lengthy even to try to summarize here.)

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    There is also the "Better Posters Blog", which has lots of tips and information and also does reviews of user-submitted posters. betterposters.blogspot.com Mar 1, 2017 at 12:47

For "offline" resources:

Senior members in your lab Unless your advisor is in their very first year, there's likely to be people in your research group that have given posters before. (And if your advisor is in their first year, they probably have given a poster in the not so distant past.) Ask them if they have an example of a poster they've given. As a bonus, you can talk to them about what worked well when they gave the poster and what went poorly.

This is particularly a good idea if your supervisor has strong opinions/ideas about what posters should be like, or how they should be formatted/structured. By using an example from your group, there's less chance your advisor will tell you to completely reformat things when they see it.

Others in your department Even if your group is new/small and there isn't a person in the group who has done a poster, there's bound to be someone (multiple people, probably) in your department who have given a poster session. Ask around to people you know to see if they have an example poster. Even if the only people you know are first-years who haven't even done a poster themselves, the senior members of their groups probably have a poster or two lying around.

Walls If you walk the corridors of most scientific research buildings looking for them, you'll notice that scientific posters are a main feature, right up there with yellowing article reprints and seminar announcements. Posters (after journal articles) are one of the primary methods of scientific communication, and after poster sessions there's not much you can do with the things, besides stick them on blank spots on the walls to insinuate to your colleagues that you're being vaguely productive. Wander the corridors of your building (or other buildings in your department or related departments) browsing the posted posters, and feel free to whip out your cell phone camera to take a reference photo if you see one you like.

If you're feeling particularly gregarious, you could even try knocking on the doors close to what you think are particularly good posters, and seeing if the person whose poster it is would mind talking about it or their science.

  • +1 for Walls. I believe most universities will have them.
    – justhalf
    Mar 3, 2017 at 3:48

Lots of scientific posters (all fields) are stored at F1000 posters (https://f1000research.com/browse/posters?&selectedDomain=posters). Some of them have been presented in scientific congress. Just keep in mind that these posters have not been peer-reviewed.


Ask senior members of your group or members of other groups in your university. Each university usually has a template that has the university logo, or center logo, that they will want you to use.

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