Design your Poster the same way you would design it for printing it for a poster hall. Instead of printing your poster, a PDF file of your poster is loaded into the platform, turning it into an ePoster. If your organizer requests a virtual poster (ePoster with an audio explanation), prepare your explanation on paper and practice speaking it out loud. You can then record the audio during the PDF upload process. Your organizer will provide you with more information how long your audio explanation should be. 


Generally, for print, posters are suggested to be designed at 36" high by 48" wide or  91.4 cm high x 121.9 cm wide. This matches a 3:4 screen ratio. 


Many new devices and modern laptop screens have a wider screen with a 16:9 ratio. This would match a 36" high by 64" wide size. You can also use this size if you know that you do not need to print at all. 


Limit the content to the essentials and include up to 4 images and up to 3 charts. Viewers of your ePoster or virtual poster can zoom in and move it on their screen to view different areas of interest. Ensure to include a link and/or your email address to easily contact you. When adding links, use link shorteners such as bitly.com. This allows you to save text space and it makes it easy for anyone to copy it.  


You can use simple tools like Google Slides or Microsoft PowerPoint to design your Poster. In these tools, create a single slide and set the slide size correctly. Avoid animations, video, or interactivity as the ePoster is displayed for viewing, just like your printed poster in a normal poster hall.


Setting Document Size in Google Slides

  1. Go to slides.google.com and create a new presentation with a single slide
  2. Go to File > Page Setup
  3. Select Custom  > enter the width first at 48, then the height at 36 (or 64 wide by 36 high for widescreen) > select Inches from the drop down > press Apply
  4. After designing your poster, generate a PDF file of your poster.


Setting Slide Size in Microsoft PowerPoint

  1. Open up PowerPoint and choose a 'blank' slide
  2. On the navigation bar, select the Design ribbon
  3. Choose Slide Size > select Custom Slide Size > enter 48" wide and 36" high (or 64" wide by 36" high for widescreen) > press OK
  4. After designing your poster, generate a PDF file of your poster.