What is a poster session?
Poster sessions are a common feature of professional conferences, especially in fields where research and innovation play a major part. They are often scheduled to coincide with receptions or meals, to encourage the largest possible number of attendees. In general, posters presentations are less structured than a paper presentation, but they allow for greater and more detailed exchange of information and personal contact between the presenters and their audience.
The posters are typically set up in a designated room or area where conference attendees can walk around and look at all of them, and speak with the presenters one-on-one about their projects. Presenters may have handouts that summarize or expand upon the poster content; in some cases, they may also have technical demonstrations, hands-on components, samples—or a stack of business cards to encourage people to keep in touch!
Why would I present a poster?
You can use a poster to quickly and effectively report findings from a recent study or project, discuss program outcomes and give updates on work in progress, or announce the launch of a new initiative. Well-designed posters convey important points and ideas quickly, and poster sessions are especially good at stimulating substantive interactions with your audience. If you’ve ever wished there was more time for Q&A during a panel, or wished you could just let your data speak for itself, a poster session is ideal. If you have a questionnaire to distribute or are seeking survey participants, poster sessions are a great place for that too!
Poster sessions can sometimes reach a broader cross-section of the membership than multi-speaker panels or individual papers. Posters also enable us to showcase the variety of research and other projects that AMIA members conduct throughout the year—not just the things that are ready in time for the session-proposal deadlines in the spring.
Poster proposals are a great opportunity for students to present on class projects, internships, or theses since the poster format can fit any size of project. Additionally, if you have never presented at a conference before, posters are low stakes introduction to the world of conference presentations; instead of speaking to a room of people, you discuss your poster with individuals or small groups.
Examples of past poster presentations at AMIA
(You can find the posters listed below the panel presentations)
NYU – How to Create a Research Poster (with links to additional resources)
Details on submission requirements can be found here. Deadline for Poster Proposal submissions is September 6, 2018.