LAS Poster and Presentation Resources
Working closely with one or more faculty members, students complete field, laboratory, and/or literature investigations of specific geologic problems. This research is presented locally, regionally and even at National Geological Society of America conferences.
Here are some web resources to help you plan, execute, or improve your poster or oral presentation.
Edward Tufte: Beautiful Evidence – a talk from a master of visual design. Several of his books are in the Juniata library; of these, I think The Visual Display of Quantitative Information is the best. His website is also excellent—don’t skip the discussion boards. Tufte is a must-encounter if you are serious about presenting information.
POSTER CREATION & ADVICE
Scientific Posters - a 68-slide overview of the purpose of a poster, tips on how to design your poster, and examples of good and bad posters. Highly recommended.
Design of Scientific Posters - another nice overview site. This one includes a link to The Craft of Scientific Presentations, by Michael Alley (in the references), and a few PowerPoint poster templates.
Poster Tutorial - poster tutorial from a commercial web site. It’s full of wonky but useful details, like which size font to use at a particular viewing distance.
Pimp My Poster - Pimp My Poster Flickr group. You can upload your poster for other people to critique, or simply skim through the examples and comments for ideas.
Designing Conference Posters - Great and detailed advice. A poster template in PowerPoint and Keynote versions is available; it’s okay.
Apple Poster Templates – yes, that Apple. The templates are in PowerPoint format. Note that Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign are available on campus. They are more powerful but have a steeper learning curve. Note that Illustrator has a feature called Color Guide to help you choose a color scheme, which is worth a look even if you use PowerPoint to create your poster.
Ten Secrets to Giving a Good Scientific Talk –classic advice on giving talks.
Guides to Giving Good Scientific Talks – a list of links; two of the articles mentioned are also provided below.
Advice to Beginning Physics Speakers – not just for Physics students. A little outdated—it refers to transparencies, for example—but still excellent.
Suggestions for Giving Talks – this is my favorite. It’s a little dense, but it offers specific and comprehensive advice.
Best Scientific Talk Ever – a parody of academic talks. Anyone who has sat through a conference knows this feeling.