Poster Session Tips & Tricks

By WMA Staff

Are you considering submitting a poster session for WMA 2018? Fantastic. While you don’t need to have a fully realized poster ready to apply, we’ve gathered up some tips and tricks to help you bring your idea to life.

WMA 2018 Poster Session Information

Think of your poster as a graphic way to present your research or project. The poster should be used as a visual tool to generate discussion as attendees peruse the session. Likewise, make sure to use visuals (pictures, graphs, maps, etc.) to tell the story of your research.  

Here are some tips and tools for creating your poster presentation: 

Here is a great resource to make infographics.  

Read some advice for framing your story from Chris Anderson, the Curator of TED Conferences.

The University of Arizona notes that a, “poster should be able to stand on its own as a clear, logical presentation of your work, without any explanation from you.” Read more tips for developing an academic poster presentation.

The Cal NERDS' Student Research Poster Presenting Tips video provides useful suggestions related to technology, printing, and preparation.

The University of North Carolina offers a comprehensive resource guide to creating poster presentations. 

Making a Better Poster Video from American Journal Experts

How to Create a Great Poster

Review previous year's posters in WMA's Multimedia Forum: herehereherehere, and here.  

Make sure to have a way for attendees to contact you! Get their business cards and make sure to follow up. Use the Poster Session as a structured way to network with Western museum professionals who are genuinely interested in your work. Use your poster as a stepping-stone to a session proposal for WMA 2019! 


Guidelines: The poster size should be roughly 20x25 to 30x42 inches. There will be easels to stand them on.  


Please let us know if you have any questions at all about the Poster Session. 

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Tacoma in October! 



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