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From Climate Change to Social Justice:

How Citizens are Re-Shaping Nonprofits and Philanthropy

in an Age of Disruption and Transition


November 11-13, 2020 | Convened Virtually


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Poster Presenter Guidelines

Virtual Poster Session

Thank you for all your hard work to prepare for the 2020 ARNOVA Conference and for your willingness to help us make the transition to a virtual conference platform. The following guidelines are ARNOVA’s collection of best practices and guidelines for transitioning your session to a virtual format.


The Virtual Poster Session will be a LIVE session and will take place Friday, November 13 from 10:30 -11:30 am ET. In our virtual platform. This will be the only session scheduled at this time. Conference attendees will be encouraged to come visit our Poster Session and view all the posters.  Each poster will be assigned a session slot where your poster title, your name and virtual poster will be viewable.  Poster participants are required to attend the poster session and be available in the platform to “chat” with other attendees.  Our poster award committee will also be visiting all posters during this time.  


Poster Format: You can create your poster using PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas, or any other appropriate program. Poster dimensions are as follows: The file size may not exceed 1600x800 px (horizontal), or 1600x2400 px (vertical) and you must save your file as a PNG or JPG file.


Poster Design: Poster design can significantly enhance or severely diminish the effectiveness of your presentation. The guidelines are general considerations.

  • The focus of attention must be on the subject content. If the design overshadows the subject matter, the message is likely to be lost.
  • Larger visuals attract more attention. Visuals not relevant to the content will distract the viewer.
  • Too many visuals and text in a small space decreases readers’ attention, because each object is in competition with the others. Generally, a maximum length of 50-75 words per figure label results in a higher probability of people reading it.
  • Letters should be large so that they can easily be read on the screen. Letters should be easily read (avoid extravagant fonts).


Poster Layout: Use a consistent layout with heading and subheading font and size standardized. Other suggestions:

  • Use bulleted lists to facilitate reading.
  • Relate the content of the text to the picture it describes.
  • Reduce competing stimuli—Avoid placing a large number of labels and visuals next to one another.
  • Provide good contrast between the text and background (avoid white on white, blue on navy, etc.).


Poster Content:

We suggest that the poster presentations be structured into the following section headings:
  1. Rationale & Background: Place in context the background of your work
  2. Aims & Objectives: Define clearly the stated aims and objectives
  3. Methodology: Describe the process involved in carrying out the research or in developing your ideas
  4. Findings: A brief synopsis of the overall findings/implications
  5. Key References: Ensure that all sources in the presentation are clearly referenced
  6. Pitch: Prepare a brief one minute summary of your work in order to engage viewers in conversation, and a handout  -- no longer than two pages -- with key points and contact information 

By September 30th: Presenters need to be members and register for the conference  You can do that here


By October 16th - Extended to October 30thPresenters to upload poster file - All poster presenters will received an invitation to upload posters in the conference platform


At the scheduled session time:

  • The session will last 60 minutes from 10:30 to 11:30 am EST.
  • Log into the conference platform by 10:25 a.m. ET using your credentials you created when you uploaded your poster into the conference platform
  • You can access the conference platform at this link:  
  • To get to your poster session click on the Speaker tab in the top left of the page and toggle to schedule builder
  • Go to your poster by clicking on Posters tile located on lobby page
  • Find your poster by scrolling down the page or use the search box in the top right of the page
  • Click on the poster title to enter the session
  • Find the Chat box located on the right side of the page
  • Monitor the Chat box throughout the poster session to answer questions and chat with attendees viewing your poster. We recommend you enter your session 5 minutes early and start the chat with some welcome comments, so attendees know you are there and ready to take questions.

After the scheduled session time:

  • Selected posters presenters will be contacted by the Awards Coordinator, Angie Franco, via email, with a zoom link for a special 10 minutes meeting with the Poster Award Committee. The committee will request additional information of your poster.

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