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SLAS2020 Poster Presentation Guidelines

The poster abstract submissions deadline has passed.

Information for SLAS2021 abstract submissions will be posted in May 2020.

Present a poster of your original research as it relates to one of the ten SLAS2020 educational track topics. Poster presentation sessions provide the perfect platform for one-on-one discussions, collaboration and feedback with the diverse SLAS2020 audience made of up industry professionals, academics, scientists, engineers and researchers from the global life sciences community.

To be considered for a poster presentation, submit an abstract for consideration by the SLAS2020 Program Committee.

Don’t time out: space is limited!


Submission Deadlines

Tony B. Academic Travel Award Poster Submissions Due: Monday, September 16, 2019
Student Poster Competition Poster Abstract Submissions Due: Monday, October 29, 2019
Poster Abstract Decisions Communicated: Beginning October 29, 2019
(On a monthly basis thereafter through final deadline.)
Final Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020
Innovative Student Author Application Deadline: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Please note: A schedule of poster presentations is available via the SLAS Event Scheduler.


Poster Presentation Sessions are scheduled for Monday, January 27; Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29 in the SLAS2020 exhibition hall. Posters may be displayed for the duration of exhibition hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Poster presenters will be assigned a poster presentation number and presentation date upon acceptance of their submitted abstract.

Presenters must be available for the duration of their scheduled poster presentation session to “present” their poster content. SLAS encourages poster presenters to display their posters for the duration of exhibit hall hours on all three exhibition dates.

Check back soon for detailed information on poster set-up, presentation and dismantle times.

All presenters must be registered as full conference attendees in order to present at SLAS2020. If the primary author is not available during the scheduled presentation time, a co-author may present the poster in his/her place.

A presenter is REQUIRED to be stationed at the poster for the duration of the poster presentation session (on the assigned date of presentation).

Poster Dimensions

Poster size may not exceed 3 feet 7 inches [109 cm] across and 3 feet, 6 inches [107 cm] high.

Posters will be displayed two per board. Please respect your colleagues’ space and do not exceed the size restrictions.

Each board will be numbered in the upper left corner. Place your presentation on the board number for which you have been assigned. If you do not know your poster assignment number, please refer to the Conference Onsite Program.

Posters not printed according to the specifications above will be removed and discarded.

Pushpins will be available to mount your poster. Handouts are encouraged as is a mechanism (envelope) for collecting contact information of participants wishing to receive more information on your poster. Envelopes will NOT be provided, and all supplemental materials must be posted within your allotted poster space.

There are no tables under the poster boards.

Scientific posters should be prepared in accordance with ACS Style Guidelines.

Poster Board Design

  • Title Banner: Lettering should be at least 3/4 [1.9 cm] to 1 inch [2.5 cm] high (72 pt. bold). The banner should include the author(s) and affiliation(s).
  • Font: Use a sans serif font such as Arial or Helvetica in a minimum size of 24 pt. (1/4 inch high). Text, figures and photographs should be readable from a distance of 4 feet.
  • Bullets and Numbering: Be simple and direct in your poster presentation. Use short phrases and "bulleted" text throughout the poster. Avoid long narrative paragraphs.

Poster Board Layout

Arrange the poster for logical flow top left to lower right. The panels may be numbered in the order they should be viewed, or you may use other cues to guide the viewer.

Poster Board Content

The poster should include the following elements:

  • Overview: A succinct summary of the purpose, methods and results. Use phrases rather than sentences in a simple outline format.
  • Introduction: A concise statement of the objective and background of the work.
  • Methods: Describe the apparatus, chemistry, samples and materials used in detail.
  • Results: Use graphs, spectra, charts and pictures with a minimum of text to illustrate results.
  • Conclusions: Concise statement of the findings indicating future research directions.

Poster presentations may not be used as a sales or marketing opportunity. No hardware, books, accessories or saleable items may be displayed at a poster.

Poster presenters are encouraged to display their posters for the duration of the exhibition hours at SLAS2020, but presenters must be available to present their poster content at their assigned presentation date and time.

Posters will be displayed in clusters throughout the SLAS2020 exhibition hall. Poster numbers are color coded by track and include a unique four-digit presentation number. Presentation date and numbers will be distributed on a rolling/monthly basis between October and January upon review/acceptance by the SLAS2020 Scientific Program Committee. Check back soon for the final presentation date and number distribution grid.

SLAS 2020 has teamed-up with FedEx Office to offer a special 50% discount on scientific posters. Quality posters produced and conveniently held at the FedEx Office Center located inside the San Diego Convention Center, Lobby Level, across from Hall D. Simply place your order by January 22, 2020. Standard pricing applied to those orders placed after January 22, 2020. Click here to order now. Please forward questions to 619-525-5450 or email usa1324@fedex.com. *Per SLAS, posters size may not exceed 42"x43".

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