Resources/Poster Guidelines

Poster Requirements

  • Each team gets to present one (1) poster during the Giant Jamboree
  • Poster dimensions cannot exceed 4 ft x 4 ft (1.22 m x 1.22 m)
  • Students on the team must present the poster during the scheduled poster sessions at the Giant Jamboree
  • Teams must print their poster prior to the Giant Jamboree and bring it with them
  • Teams must submit a PDF copy of their poster to iGEM Headquarters at the Giant Jamboree

Poster Guidelines

In iGEM, the purpose of the poster is to communicate the project to others in a very concise, yet engaging manner. Many posters in the past have been quite “busy” and “unbalanced” with regards to text, figures, and space. Although past winning posters may not have had this balance, it will be an important criterion in judging this year and in future iGEM jamborees. This page is filled with suggestions and guidelines to help teams create their posters. These are not requirements - everything on this page is optional.
Teams may also want to look at Telling Your Story, a page which offers some guidance and examples for presenting your work. It's focused on crafting your wiki, but includes some general tips and tricks that may be helpful for both your poster and oral presentation.

Font sizes

Font size must be readable from a distance. Recommended font sizes are

  • 44 pt for headers
  • 38-40 pt for body text
  • 18-24 pt for captions beneath figures
  • 18 pt for references

Please note that your poster may be smaller than these dimensions, it may not be larger. If your poster is larger, you may take up more space than the poster boards will allow, which may cause issues to the team next to you.

Expected iGEM Poster Components

Teams should plan to have the following components on their poster in some manner:

  • Title
  • Team
  • Authors and their Affiliated Institution(s)
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results/Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Funding Attributions (If applicable)

Past iGEM teams have also elected to include additional components on their posters such as:

  • Abstract
  • Objectives
  • Motivation
  • Team Achievements
  • Future Directions
  • Human Practices
  • Parts Submitted

In addition, some teams have elected to display supplemental materials at their poster station. These displays have included laptop/tablet presentations, team prepared pamphlets/handouts, and 3-D printed models. The supplemental materials will not be factored into the judging of the poster.

Example Poster: Macquarie 2013

Team Macquarie Australia 2013 won Best Poster, Overgrad at the Asia Regional Jamboree last year. Their poster is shown below as an example of a balanced poster with overall visual appeal:

Macquarie 2013

GREEN is the new BLACK