Writing the Poster Text
Writing the Poster Text
Congratulations! If you are reading this chapter, you are likely preparing a poster for a scientific conference. This means that your conference abstract was accepted and that you have been invited to give a poster presentation. In this chapter, we focus on the various sections of the poster and how to write them. In chapter 10, we highlight the visual attributes of the poster (layout, font size, color schemes, etc.). By the end of this chapter, you will be able to do the following: ◾ Address the correct audience in your poster ◾ Write the major sections of your poster ◾ Use bulleted lists and graphics appropriately ◾ Add title, references, and acknowledgments to your poster As you work through the chapter, you will compose the text and graphics for your own poster. The Writing on Your Own tasks throughout this chapter guide you step by step as you do the following: 9A Prepare to write 9B Draft your poster Methods section 9C Draft your poster Results section 9D Draft your poster Discussion section 9E Draft your poster Introduction section 9F Add your poster title, author list, acknowledgments, and references We begin by asking you to read and analyze a poster that we created based on the journal article by Vesely et al. (2003) regarding aldehydes in beer. Journal articles usually include far too much information for a single poster; hence, in the poster in figure 9.1, we include only a fraction of the information presented in the full journal article. (For the full article, see excerpts 3A, 4A, 6A, and 7A.) The hypothetical poster focuses on what Vesely’s group might have presented early in their research project, specifically, the methods that they developed to analyze their samples. A black-and-white version of the poster is presented in figure 9.1; a full-color version of the poster is available on the Write Like a Chemist Web site. Exercise 9.1 guides you in the analysis of the poster and lays the groundwork for the rest of the chapter.
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