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Let delegates pick a winning poster

One effective way to foster engagement and encourage creativity in your poster session is to offer a range of “people’s choice” awards, selected by your delegates. Use an online voting system and give attendees an easy way to pick their favourite posters. Then, offer a small reward for the winners of each category (or just bragging rights). Even if they don’t receive any large grants or awards, there are often gems among the poster presenters that could benefit from a bit of recognition. An award-winning poster should be like an ad to talk to the presenter, and to convince people the related research is worthy of a closer look. This kind of competition can encourage presenters to think beyond their perspective on the research they’ve done, and consider their audience more carefully.

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Help promote good poster session etiquette

“What happens in the poster session, stays in the poster session.”

When it comes to scientific posters, online exposure isn’t always a good thing. For various reasons, some presenters may not be comfortable with their work being shared online. So if you’re planning a poster session, it’s good practice to hand out badges that presenters can tack above their posters to indicate their preferences. At the very least, include options for “no social media” and “no photos.” Then, if you want to cater to both sides, you can add badges for presenters who want to encourage photos or social media sharing of their work. You could even suggest that they include their Twitter handle alongside the “social media friendly” badge.

Although they should be fairly intuitive, make sure to explain the meaning of these badges in any poster session rules and on signs in clear view of people entering the room. On that note, providing a general list of attendee and presenter tips for poster sessions is never a bad idea. Promoting etiquette and respect at the conference is a valuable part of your job, and you can encourage attendees to help you with this.

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Congres - News

Let delegates pick a winning poster

One effective way to foster engagement and encourage creativity in your poster session is to offer a range of “people’s choice” awards, selected by your delegates. Use an online voting system and give attendees an easy way to pick their favourite posters. Then, offer a small reward for the winners of each category (or just bragging rights). Even if they…

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