Presenter Information

Poster Presentations

Presenters should set up their posters at lunchtime on the first day of poster presentations (Saturday the 6th of June). Posters will be expected to remain up over both poster sessions (i.e., until the end of the second poster session), and to be removed immediately after the second poster session on Sunday evening.

General requirements

A poster is NOT a stand-alone substitute. It is an aid for you, the presenter, to talk about your material. Most posters suffer from way too much text; that is, because people think a poster is just like a paper.

Posters should be A0 size (118 cm high x 84 cm wide). The most effective use of the space would be in grid plan arranged in columns. This prevents viewers from having to cross back and forth in front of each other. Allow for distance when printing and planning layouts. The standard elements for empirical posters are: Introduction, Methods, Results (with supporting figures), and a Conclusion or Summary. Type should be easily seen from a short distance. Using the guidelines above, the introduction would be placed at the upper left, and the conclusion at the lower right, both in large type. It is not necessary to post a copy of the abstract.


Figures should also be easily seen from a distance. Use clear graphics and large type to accomplish this. The main points should be straightforward without extended viewing, but details should be included for those who might wish to discuss it. Because the amount of text is restricted, the figure legend could contain some of the commentary that would usually be contained in the body of a manuscript.


  • Minimize narrative.
  • Use large type in short separated paragraphs.
  • Do not set entire paragraphs in boldface or capital letters.
  • Numbered or bulleted lists are a concise but effective way to convey a series of points.


Prepare a banner for the top of the poster indicating the abstract title, author(s) and affiliations(s). Lettering should be about 3 cm high for the title, 2 cm high for the author’s names and 1 cm high for affiliations.

Posters for Philosophers

Although philosophers are generally not accustomed to presenting their work via the medium of a poster presentation, philosophical results can be as effectively presented via this medium as they can via any other medium. Philosophers should pay particular attention to the injunction against wordiness: text should be large enough to readable from a distance of a couple of feet. Color is by no means compulsory, but it doesn’t hurt to (tastefully!) highlight selected words for emphasis. Remember that there might be 4 or 5 people attempting to read your poster at one time. There is no set structure for a philosophical poster, but it is invariably a good idea to clearly divide your poster into an introduction, a section in which you articulate the claim(s) that you are making, a section (or sections) for the arguments you are giving, a section (or sections) for objections to your claim and perhaps implications of your claim, and a conclusion. You may want to make available copies of your paper, or an abstract thereof. Be sure to include your email address on your poster, so that interested parties can follow up your work.

Kristina Musholt has presented philosophically inclined posters at previous ASSC meetings and would be happy to hear and offer suggestions regarding philosophical posters at this year’s conference.

Oral Presentations


LCD projectors will be available; overhead projectors will be available upon request. We strongly encourage presenters to use their own laptop during the concurrent sessions. If you do not have your own laptop with you, please put your talk on a CD or memory stick and arrange to transfer it to the laptop of the person presenting before or after you. You will have time to briefly test that your presentation is displayed as you want it (i.e. movies embedded, animations working etc.) before the start of the session – please make use of that opportunity.

Time limits

Each talk has an allotted 20 minutes presentation time. Time limits will be strictly enforced, and talks that run over time will be cut off to allow time for the next speaker to prepare, and for audience members to move between sessions.

All questions about paper/poster presentations should be directed to the official conference email address: