• Poster Boards are 4′ tall x 8′ wide (free-standing poster board is approximately 4 feet from ground)
  • Poster Boards are light grey in colour.
  • Poster Boards are velcro friendly; a reasonable amount of velcro adhesives will be provided onsite for attaching posters
  • The audience will include speakers of both languages; if you would like to prepare 2 posters (one in each language) a second board can be provided if arranged in advance – if this is requested please contact the office at cannt@cannt.ca



  • Thursday October 25
    • 1000-1600: set up of posters in the exhibit hall
    • 1715-1900: posters available for viewing
  • Friday October 26
    • 0730-1400: set up of posters in the exhibit hall
  • Saturday October 27
    • 0900-1300: posters available for viewing
    • 1300-1400: poster Q & A: presenters at posters to answer questions
    • 1400-1600: take down posters




    • focus on a manageable amount of information and avoid cramming too much information into your poster
    • anticipate the types of questions your poster might generate and be prepared to respond to them
    • handout materials can augment your presentation and increase the satisfaction of the delegates



    • bring business cards for follow-up contact
    • always recognize questions as legitimate and respect the participation of interested delegates
    • shake hands and make eye contact when responding to questions
    • if you are unable to answer a question, don’t be afraid to admit it



    • talk to colleagues who have presented posters to get ideas for structure and format; if you get a chance, attend other poster presentations
    • the top of the poster should have a clear label indicating the abstract title, authors and affiliations. Lettering should be at least 1” high



    • a poster should take no more than 5 minutes for a reader to comprehend
    • poster should be brief, concise and appealing
    • aim to make complex ideas simple, rather than simple ideas complex
    • think of ways to attract delegates’ interest in your poster
    • try to answer the 6 questions of journalism: who, what, when, where, why and how
    • introduce groups by sub-headings using bold/larger size font
    • utilize point or bullet form instead of sentence/paragraph structure
    • maintain gender and racial neutrality



    • a professional looking poster leaves a positive first impression
    • make the poster eye catching and visually appealing
    • colour adds important visual attraction and can be added in background mounts, text, pictures, diagrams or charts
    • avoid text in red or green: a significant portion of the population is red/green colour blind
    • thick, coloured cardboard or lightweight, coloured foam mattes can be used for visual appeal
    • font sizes should be at least 1/2” to 3/4” high for text; typewriter size in unacceptable
    • text that is written on white is much easier to read
    • experiment with different mount shapes (ie., pie chart on a round matte)



    • posters can be blown up professionally onto very large boards and divided into several smaller sections; sections can be assembled at the conference
    • avoid pastes or glues on backgrounds that might wrinkle or appear bumpy
    • protect corners of your posters from curling or becoming bent
    • add a rigid background into the poster carrying bag to keep it flat
    • large poster valises are available; your hospital’s audiovisual department may have one to loan


    We wish you all the best as you prepare for what we are sure will be a successful presentation. If you have any questions, please contact the CANNT National Office at 613-507-6053 or by email cannt@cannt.ca.