What makes a great poster presentation? Event report

What makes a great poster presentation? RSS poster judge, Daniel Farewell, and poster prize winner, Lucy Bull, told us what they think makes a great poster presentation during our lunchtime webinar on the 12 August, 2021.

Lucy Bull (the University of Manchester) won best poster at the Young Statisticians Meeting 2019 and the Royal Statistical Society Conference 2019. During this webinar, Lucy told a story of the creative revolution, a #BetterPoster movement that was initiated by Mike Morrison in 2019. Lucy shared an example of her pre- revolution, boring (her words, not mine!) poster and compared this with her post-revolution, award-winning poster. Her top tips included: (1) think about the takeaway message, (2) the more information your poster contains, the less accessible it becomes, (3) use more images, and my personal favourite: (4) being creative does not make you any less professional!

Daniel Farewell (the University of Cardiff) was RSS Conference Co-Chair and poster judge in 2018. Daniel reminded us that poster success can be many things: a best poster prize, one great conversation or even getting help with a problem. Until this webinar, I had never considered creating a poster which takes advantage of the expertise among conference attendees by posing a question to your readers! Daniel also advised us to focus our poster presentations on one big idea and to remember that less is more.

I feel very fortunate to have been part of this event as both presenters have helped me think outside the box when it comes to creating poster presentations. Huge thanks to both Daniel and Lucy as well as the attendees!

Download the slides (each opens as a pdf):
Daniel Farewell
Lucy Bull

Emily Granger is a research fellow at the Department of Medical Statistics, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and chairs the RSS Young Statisticians section (YSS).

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