• Mass Spectrometry in the Health and Life Sciences:
    Molecular and Cellular Proteomics

    August 18–22, 2019, San Francisco


Poster Session Instructions

The poster-board surface area is 3'10" high and 7'8" wide. All posters will remain set up from Sunday, Aug. 18, through Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m. to provide sufficient opportunity for participants to view them prior to the poster sessions when the authors will be present for discussion. Presenting authors must be at their poster during their assigned poster session. Programming notifications will be sent in late July and will include scheduling details. 

Technical Details

Title Banner

A title banner should be prepared, which is not more than 4 ft. (1.2 m) long. Lettering should be at least 1 inch (25 mm) high. The banner should include the title, authors and address.

Poster Units

Each piece of paper, graph, photo, etc. that is placed on the poster board is defined as a poster unit. Please adhere to the following design of poster units:

  • Size: The minimum size of a poster unit should be 8.5 inches by 11 inches (22 cm x 28 cm). Larger sizes may be used, but size consistency is encouraged.
  • Type Size: You are encouraged to use standard fonts such as Times or Geneva with a point size of at least 18.
  • Line Weight: Graphs and figures should be drawn with a minimum width of 1 mm.


Authors are encouraged to use handouts, e.g. preprints, long abstracts, copies of poster units with supplementary text, etc. No hardware (including books, terminals, accessories or saleable items) may be displayed.

When in Doubt

Remember, your audience must be able to see your material and make sense of it from a distance of 9–12 ft. (3–4 m).


Order poster units for logical flow from top to bottom, left to right. Number poster units in the order you wish them to be viewed. Use connecting lines (chartpak or colored tape) to guide the viewer. Block and subtitle several poster units devoted to a specific part of the work, e.g. apparatus, sample work-up, experimental details, etc. Lay out your poster before coming to the meeting. A one-foot square tile floor can be used to establish a feel for the dimensions of the poster board.



One poster unit should be devoted to a concise, straightforward statement of the objective of the work. This poster unit should be placed at the beginning of the board and must be legible from a distance of 9–12ft (3–4m).


Other poster units should demonstrate in some detail the work that was done and typical results.

Results and/or Conclusions

One poster unit should present the results and/or conclusions of the work. This unit should be legible at a distance of 9–12 ft. and should be placed at the logical end of the poster presentation.


Setup Time

Poster scheduling information and room location will be provided in programming notifications to presenters in late July.


Push pins will be available in poster session room. Do not write or paint on the poster boards.