Skip to main content

Poster Presentation 2019

For this innovative element of our 2019 LDN Conference, entrants can create educational posters relating to any topic relevant to the usage of LDN: compounding LDN, LDN's mechanism of action, diagnosing or treating conditions LDN can help, alternative therapies, or any other related topic. Conference attendees will be given one hour to review the posters and vote on their favorite. The winning poster will receive $500.  

Email to book your place,

Cost $250

Your Poster will be Professionally Graphic Designed, Printed and Mounted using your information.

Deadline March 20th!

Poster Presentation – Guidelines


  • The goal of a scientific poster is to quickly communicate your information to someone walking by your poster.
  • Unlike a formal presentation, your poster audience is not captive.
  • You want passersby to
    • Stop and read more.
    • Remember something from your information.
    • Using PowerPoint to make poster is convenient - it’s a lot like using PowerPoint’s slide layouts.

Step 1:  Topics

  • LDN
  • Condition treated with LDN
  • Therapy to use alongside LDN
  • Diet
  • Supplements
  • Exercise
  • Research
  • etc

Step 2: Make an outline.  Just like when writing a paper, you want to have your information neatly organized and know what you want to communicate where, before you start writing. 

The most common sections of a poster (generally in this order) are:

  • Introduction (sometimes broken out into Abstract and Objectives sections)
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results*
  • Summary/Conclusions*
  • References
  • Acknowledgments

*The results and conclusions are the most important sections.

Step 3: Decide on graphics.  If you can present something in a graph, table, or chart instead of text, do so, particularly for quantitative results.  For qualitative results, try using a drawing or picture instead of a lengthy narrative description.  Do not use graphics just for decorative purposes, though! 

Step 4: Start assembling your poster.  Use a PowerPoint template. 

Step 5: Proofread!  Have someone else proofread your poster.  Ask them if anything could be removed, explained in fewer words, or represented as a graphic instead of text.  The more proof-readers you have, the better your poster will be.

Step 6: Save as PDF: Keep in mind that we are heavily booked before conferences, so plan ahead!

Step 7: Submit to our Professional Graphic Designer Brian: He will turn your ideas into an amazing Poster Presentation

Poster Size

30” x 40”, you can have it either way round. (landscape or portrait)

Title & headings:

  • Choose a catchy, descriptive title. Keep it short!
  • Use sentence case (Your title looks like this) instead of title case (Not Like This) or all caps (THIS IS HARD TO READ).
  • Your title should be the largest font size on your poster.
  • Include your name and affiliation at the top. They should be smaller than your title, but larger than your main text.
  • Each section (Introduction, Methods, etc) should be clearly denoted in a larger font size.

PowerPoint-specific guidelines:

  • Always insert a picture instead of using copy and paste. This will avoid problems when your poster is opened on another platform and when printing. Exception: graphs and diagrams that are already in PowerPoint or Excel are safe to copy and paste.
  • Save a copy of any graphics in their original file format to submit for the final design and to print, just in case there are problems.
  • Avoid using gradient or pattern fills, as they are less likely to print correctly.
  • "Ungroup" all graphs, charts, and formulae generated outside of PowerPoint after insertion to prevent printing errors and shifting.
  • All symbols must be "inserted". After placing your cursor in a textbox, go to the Insert menu, then choose Symbol and select the symbol you want to place in your file. If the symbols are not placed in your file through the Insert menu, they may not print or may print as the wrong symbol.

General guidelines:

  • Be consistent. Stick to 1 font, preferably non- serif, and only a few colors.
  • Less is more. Some rough rules include:
    • Use less than 800 words. Posters don’t require complete paragraphs.  In fact they take up too much space and are much harder to read quickly.  Use bulleted lists whenever possible. 
    • 2/3 of your poster should be white space
    • Don't cause eye-strain:
      • Use fonts of 18 pt and larger (we recommend 24 pt as the font for the body of your work)
      • Use easy to read fonts (Arial, Calibri, Comic Sans, Times New Roman) instead of the fun ones (Curlz, any of the Cursive or Script fonts, WingDings, etc)
      • Use a light background. It'll be easier to read and save on ink.
      • Avoid background images and patterns. They're distracting and often don't print correctly.
      • Avoid colors that clash or are too similar.  Most poster printers are not color calibrated, and CMYK printers will not print things exactly the same as RGB monitors display them.
      • Use 2-D graphs, not 3-D graphs.
      • Use high resolution or vectorized graphics.  A digital camera file in RAW format or a 150 dpi image will print better than something you copied from the web.  Most web images are at 72dpi, which looks fine on a monitor and crummy when printed.

Our Graphic Designer Brian will make your Poster Presentation the best it can be:

  1. Submit the PDF of your Poster Presentation Plus High Res Images, charts and graphs, stating the font and colour you would like to use or leave it to Brian.
  2. Brian will professionally set your Poster, going by your guideline as in colour, font text and images.
  3. Once you have approved the Proof, the Poster will be:
  • Printed
  • Mounted
  • Displayed in Mt Adams by 5pm on Friday 7th June 2019.