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May 21-23, 2001 (Monday-Wednesday)
Budapest, Hungary
Budapest Convention Centre

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Guide for IMTC 2001 Poster Authors


1. Important technical data

The useful area of a poster table is depicted below:

The bottom edge of the board is about 50 cm (20 inches) from the ground.

Important! The title of the work, the authors’ names and their affiliation will be printed by the organizers. Therefore, the authors need not repeat it. The title takes about 20 cm (about 8 inches) on the top. We hope it will ease the preparation of the poster and makes also easy for the visitors to review the works in the session.

There will be pins available to fix your poster on the boards. Please DO NOT use adhesive tape for this purpose - it can destroy the surface of the boards.

2. Organization of the Poster Sessions

A novelty of the IMTC 2001 is to bring the values of poster and oral presentations close to each other. First all the valuable papers were accepted, and their oral or poster form was decided only later, based on the authors’ requests, on the reviewers’ opinions, and on the type of the submitted material. The posters will have a special schedule on Monday afternoon, with no other parallel activity, in the festival hall of the Congress Center.

The 166 poster presentations are divided into 18 sessions (M3a-r) as it can be read in the detailed program of the conference. A session consists of about 8-10 papers and the titles are usually matched to the oral sessions’ titles. Each poster session is led by a chairman who will visit all the posters of his session. The authors will be asked to talk 2 minutes about their work, before their poster.

3. Hints for preparation

Basic rule: please prepare an illustrative poster which facilitates communication with your visitors. Simple xerox copying your proceedings manuscript is strictly prohibited, even if it is enlarged!

What to illustrate?

  • Introduce your problem. What led to your work? What were your objectives?
  • Outline your solution. How you did it? Bring out what is unique in your approach
  • Emphasize your salient points using as much technical language as possible, to interest people not directly working in the area of your presentation
  • Describe advantages and disadvantages of your methods and devices
  • Avoid large equations
  • Clarify/justify your assumptions. Present test data, if available, to support your theory/assumptions.

How to illustrate?

  • Do not copy your paper as it appears in the conference proceedings. Nobody will read it.
  • For optimum legibility, use modern bold type. Ariel or Sans Serif type is twice as easy to read as Roman or Script type.
  • Test the legibility of the material. Place a copy of your poster paper between your feet on the floor. You should read it from a standing position.
  • Avoid tables and diagrams which require explanation.
  • Use color figures and characters.

4. Ideas for poster preparation

Here are some possibilities how to cover the poster table.

An attractive possibility it to prepare the whole poster in a suitable program (e.g. CorelDraw, PowerPoint, etc), and let the whole poster be printed on a large printer/plotter. Many firms offer this nowadays – this usually produces an attractive result. The price is around 30-60 USD.

Another approach is to bring the poster in smaller pieces, and asseblme the poster on-site. Here are some suggestion for this.

Arrangement using A4 papers



Arrangement using US letter sheets

Slightly overlapped papers also can be used. Do not forget that the title itself (along with the authors’ names and their affiliations) will be prepared and fixed to the boards by the organizers!


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