Make your poster presentation awesome

A poster is not a stand-up paper. It’s a prop you use for pitching your research

I’m a few days I’m leaving for CEC2013 in Cancún, and I’ve lined up everything I need for my poster: magnetic and whiteboard paper, velcro tape and I still have to get ready (with the help of my beautiful and crafty daughters) some origami sombreros. Why do I need all this? Because a poster in a scientific conference is not just a poster, as in the “be awesome” that Barney has at his office or movie poster.

Note the velcro timeline (with chickens) in the middle of the poster. This was delivered in Dortmund in 2008. And it’s minimalistic in the sense that there’s barely any text you have to stop and read.
EvoStar 2011 poster, talking about NoSQL based evolutionary algorithms, with a papercraft skull and couch.Notice the trompe l’oeil arrow on the bottom. Maybe I went a bit over the top with tear-off graphs here…
Origami couches I gave out after my poster spiel

I’m just realizing I might smile too much, and that shows in the pictures. Day job: U. of Granada prof. On the side: blogger @jjmerelo and writer @lujoyglamour

I’m just realizing I might smile too much, and that shows in the pictures. Day job: U. of Granada prof. On the side: blogger @jjmerelo and writer @lujoyglamour