What’s your best advice for a first time Sci-Mix poster presenter? For Sci-Mix participants in general?
Wear comfortable shoes. Sign up for the giant chocolate bar raffle. Talk with the poster presenters.
Review Sci-Mix program in advance and note which posters you'd specifically like to view. Otherwise it can be hit and miss that you'll get to the one's with the most value to you.
Using the on-line technical program you can search for papers of most interest to you and create a personalized schedule.
Go and look at something you wouldn't normally look at, it may produce a fun learning experience
I would wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. I found that at the Sci-Mix meeting, as someone whose work is in more physical organic and supramolecular chemistry, my poster got a much better reception than in the straight Organic section poster session. People at the organic section just made a bee-line for the total synthesis posters, it seemed.
This is what makes Sci-Mix so good - people keep an open mind, and look out for different things at these sessions.
If you are presenting: Wear a tie, have copies of your poster,CV, and business cards. You should also have a folder for business cards from people who would like copies of your poster. You never know who might stop by your poster
Good points from Sherry. Just to clarify the "copies of your poster" are typically 8.5 x 14 or 8.5 x 11 printed versions for folks to take with them. Also, some folks pin up a small sandwhich bag for attendees to place their own business cards in with requests for copies, etc.
I'd add that it may be useful for presenters to have along a pointer (telescoping kind - not laser) to better point to different portions of the poster. If there gets to be too many people about it may be difficult to reach directly the full extent of the poster.
With respect to attendees, I've noticed at some division poster sessions that a number of individuals like to photograph many different posters. Such practices are very much enabled by the increasing resolution and memory capacity of digitial still cameras. ACS has specific policies about photographing meeting presentaitons (oral or poster). Those policies will be listed in the on-site program book. Basically, the clear permission of the presenter must be obtained before taking any photos.
Also for Sci-Mix Newbie's is that pins for attaching your posters to the boards are provided. There is a typically a bucket of pins in the vicinity of the posters.
Lastly, if a poster presenter finds that they will not be able to attend the meeting and present the poster that should be communicated in advance to the division poster session chair. Similarly, if another co-author will need to present the poster instead that should be communicated as well.
Have a beverage nearby so that you can wet your whistle frequently - you'll be doing a lot of talking! Chat up the people presenting nearby to your poster to help ease your and their nerves, especially during setup. Relax and remember that you are the only person on the planet who knows best what you are presenting - be the best expert you can be!
It sometimes gets crowded at poster sessions. Arrange your poster top to bottom going from left to right so that someone looking at your poster can stay in one position reading top to bottom and slowly move to the right. This avoids your viewers bumping into each other and getting annoyed.
These are usually supplied but bring extra pins and an envelope so that those interested in your poster can give you their business cards.
SMILE!!! No wants to approach a mean looking poster presenter!
If you have to leave your poster to get a drink, snack or go to the restroom, tell the presenter next to yours that you will be back in..........if someone is interested in speaking to you.
Most of all, enjoy the great conversation about your poster!
The ACS Undergraduate Programs Office has a document I've attached here that may help poster presenters, too.
The Sci-Mix is a wonderful opportunity to make connections and establish collaborations. Be prepared to explain your poster and highlight the most important results in a short period.
Since reading a poster is different than reading from a page, be sure it's easily readable from three feet away. I use Arial font, which has plain letters (unlike Times or Courier), and a ragged right margin so that words are not squished together on some lines. Using color for headings and some key words helps. And make sure your colleagues have reviewed your poster in advance to get the bugs out.
Yesterday, the blog BoingBoing pointed to a wonderful page from Swarthmore College that shares some great advice for poster presenters.
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