IAIA meetings provide a range of opportunities for existing and prospective members to reach a global audience. Posters are a creative and popular alternative to the oral presentation of a paper.
In a poster session, there is no formal oral presentation; instead, each author is assigned a display area on which diagrams, graphics, data, pictures/photos, and a small amount of text are presented. The poster should be self-explanatory, but the author should be available at certain times, such as refreshment breaks and during the dedicated poster session, to interact with viewers and answer questions.
A poster that considers the needs of the intended viewer as well as those of the presenter can be a highly successful form of communication. Posters allow more time for authors and viewers to discuss the topic, more personal interaction and exchange of professional experience, ample question time with focus on your subject, and the potential for continued display of the poster at your workplace.
A dedicated poster session is scheduled during the conference. As visitors peruse the display area, the poster presenters are then able to expand on material viewed, answer questions, exchange contact information, and fully discuss the subject matter.
Each poster presenter is assigned one space on a flat, upright panel. Presenters are required to submit an abstract for the poster, to use the panels provided by IAIA, and to provide the materials to hold their posters in place and to hold any handouts (i.e., a large envelope). If you need more than one poster space, contact IAIA HQ for price information.
The shapes and dimensions of the boards and the materials from which the poster boards are constructed vary from year to year and are provided in the abstract acceptance notice and/or follow-up information sent to you by the program committee.
Posters that have not been through the review process (i.e., the author did not submit an abstract by the paper and poster abstract submission deadline) will not be permitted to be displayed on-site.
IAIA recognizes excellence in poster presentation by selecting a Public Choice Best Poster during the conference. Winners are acknowledged throughout the conference with a ribbon on the poster designating its "Best" status, and authors are awarded certificates and highlighted in the IAIA newsletter.
Some questions to ask yourself as you prepare your poster’s content: