Disaster Response and Mitigation Forum Poster Session

The 2016 Forum on Disaster Response and Mitigation will include a poster session that will focus on technologies and applications that impact disaster response, address cutting-edge research that is being done to meet the challenges of disaster response, cover the latest disaster response policy issues, address technology gaps that need to be filled to help identity solutions.

Instructions for Poster Presentations

Poster Board Dimensions
Each presenter will be provided with a poster board measuring 30in tall x 40in wide that will be placed on a poster easel (see PowerPoint template).

Poster Materials
You can create the poster in the form of a single page (30in tall x 40in wide) or you can use 9 (no overlap) to 16 (with overlap) PowerPoint slides printed on paper (8.5 x 11-inch pages, preferably in color). Pushpins will be available at the poster site for tacking your presentation to the poster board.

Poster Content
As you would do in a regular presentation,

  • Use text, plots and figures to describe your work;
  • Create a title page or area which includes the title of the paper and author information;
  • Explain the objective of your research (or major research questions), methodology, and results/insights.
  • Headings should be at least 30 pt while the text should be at least 20 pt. Try to avoid using too much text but rather use figures and pictures whenever possible.

You or your group will be asked to present during the break between 3:30pm – 3:50pm and the reception between 5:15pm and 6:00pm. During the poster sessions all presenters are expected to be available in front of their posters. However, posters will be displayed throughout the event therefore please set up your poster as soon as you arrive. The poster sessions will be held on the mezzanine level of The Garage @ Square on Fifth.

As attendees visit your poster, be prepared to give a short presentation of your work (no more than several minutes). Most likely, you will repeat this description several times as attendees pass through. If you would like to share additional information with interested attendees, you can bring your laptop (e.g., to show an animation) or additional printed materials (e.g., research papers or copies of your poster) to be handed out.

Additional information
For detailed instructions on preparing effective poster presentations or for poster samples, please visit:

A poster template in PowerPoint has been provided that fits the size of the foam core boards. Participants do not have to use this template; they can make their own poster. If they do use it, the following tips may help:

  • Modify the template for your organization (e.g., logos, colors, etc.) and project.
  • Try printing the template poster to .pdf. We have been successful printing to .pdf using the Open Office application (rather than printing directly to Adobe Acrobat), because the sizing is easier), then had a print shop print the full sized poster from the .pdf file.
  • Put in tables and figures first and text last, since PowerPoint may automatically resize tables and figures.
  • Handouts of the poster can be printed to a single sheet to hand out at the conference.

The deadline for the poster submission is April 21, 2016.

If you're interested in presenting a poster, please send the following information to scott.appling@gtri.gatech.edu

  • Name
  • Affiliation (e.g., Faculty/Researcher, Industry, Government, Student)
    • If you are a student, please indicate year in school (e.g., Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior, Graduate, etc.) and major
  • Email Address
  • Phone
  • Brief description about your poster