How to make a scientific poster

Last changed: 12 March 2018

A poster is an excellent way of presenting complex ideas in an easy-to-understand way and to give a quick overview of data - like an "ad" for your work.

Make it an inviting read by having a clear message. Do not overestimate your readers' interest – the average poster reader spends only one minute reading!


The poster format can vary depending on where the poster is going to be displayed. Make sure you check the measurements before you start designing your poster, and set the measurements in the software you use. If you have a choice, a landscape poster is often preferable as you can then present more text at eye level, making it easier to read. 

Tips and hints for creating posters

Tips and hints for layout, headings, images and colours when creating scientific posters.

SLU scientific poster    SLU scientific poster

Download SLU templates (Powerpoint)

>> Portrait template
>> Landscape template

Change the template colour by clicking under "Layout", see here for instructions.

Everything will not fit on a poster

Create a personal CV page on the SLU website and add more information there. Read more about how to create your CV here.

Print your poster

Repro Uppsala
Division of Facility Management, SLU Service, +46(0) 18-67 27 88

Repro Alnarp
Division of Facility Management, SLU Service
Gary Nilsson, supervisor, +46(0) 40-41 50 08