Scientific Poster Submission and Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines for your poster presentation. The poster dimensions for the SEIDeA21 are 36-inches (height) by 48-inches (width). The suggested poster order is:

  • Title

  • Authors and institutions

  • Abstract

  • Introduction (Including Specific Aim(s))

  • Materials and methods

  • Results

  • Discussion and Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments.

Logo of the particular INBRE partner and University logo can be left and right, respectively.

Here is an excellent reference to a model for the poster organization: Scientific Poster Guidelines

The poster must be saved in PDF format and must have the following filename schema State-Firstname-Lastname.pdf, e.g. PR-John-Doe.pdf. An acceptance email will be send to authors including instructions on how to upload your poster for the Book of Abstracts.

Video Submission and Guidelines

We are also requesting all presenting participants (in person and virtual) to upload a video presentation no longer than 5 minutes. Video presentations longer than 5 minutes won’t be accepted. The video should comply with the following specifications:

  • File format: MP4

  • Video Resolution: 640 x 480

  • Video Length: 5 mins

  • Filename Schema: STATE-FIRSTNAME-LASTNAME.mp4

NOTE: Export your narrated PowerPoint Presentation as MP4 and select Low Quality (640 x 480) in order to keep filesize as minimum as possible.


When creating a five minute presentation, plan to present a slide per minute. For a five-minute presentation five slides should be the absolute maximum. Generally speaking, you'll want to stick to just five or six slides for a five-minute presentation, keep your slides simple and focused on visuals (instead of text). focus on simple, clean visuals that all tie back to your central premise. The five slides, in order, include a Title/Author/Affiliation slide, a Problem Description/Motivation slide, a Proposed Approach/Alternative slide, Results and a Summary/Conclusion slide. The title slide names your presentation.

Slide 1 - An Extremely Short Introduction

Your first slide should serve as an introduction to the topic of your presentation. Try to limit your title to around six words or even less. If your title is too long, it can become unwieldy and your presentation may confuse your audience by covering too much.

Slide 2 - A Problem Slide

Most presentations can be boiled down to a problem you've identified, solved, or are in the process of solving. Lead with that familiar narrative. It will give your presentation a clear starting point and prime your audience for the rest of your slides.

Make one main point in the presentation and use a few visual slides to illustrate it. Outline your basic argument when you introduce the main point.

Keep the information to a very basic level of key facts. Too much information will dilute the impact of your presentation on the audience. Instead, use the time to persuade the audience of the importance of your main point.

Illustrate this point by breaking it down into a list of a maximum of three concepts and present them on a single slide. Use the so-called ‘rule of three’. Breaking a point into three concepts gives a compelling structure to your presentation without overloading your audience. Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Presentations are no different.

Slides 3-4 - Solution/Analysis Slide(s)

Tell your audience what they need to know about what you're doing about it. You'll want to focus less on the details and more on the big-picture items. Ask yourself: what does your audience need to know when they leave the room?

Slide 5 - A Conclusion Slide

The conclusion slide allows you to bring a coherent end to your presentation and summarize the important takeaway points for your audience. Don't skimp on your conclusion just because it's a short presentation -- it's the last thing your audience will hear from you. A good conclusion will reinforce the other information you presented and ultimately makes your presentation as a whole more memorable. Finish on a high point. The last item or point in a sequence of information has been shown in scientific studies to be the item people remember most. It is known as the recency effect.

Here is a video tutorial on how to create a Narrated Powerpoint Slideshow Presentation video.

All virtual poster presenters will receive an email with further instructions on how to access the platform that is going to be used for our Virtual Poster Session.


  • All In-Person presenters must bring their printed poster for the presentation. The uploaded poster will be used for an electronic book we are going to develop.

  • Poster and video submissions deadline has been extended until Friday, October 29. You now have until 11:59PM that day to submit your entry.

  • If you have any questions, please contact Ramon Sierra at