Do you have research data or program findings you want to share with the world? Do you prefer the one-on-one interaction of a conversation rather than a workshop session? Then a poster session may be the perfect fit for you! Poster sessions allow you to interact meaningfully with participants, engage in rich conversations about your project, and develop connections with other professionals in the field.

A poster is a blank canvas on which you paint a picture of your research results or program. Even if your project is ongoing, you have a lot to share­—data, program components, and participants’ stories. You can put almost anything on a poster!

The formal poster session will be held during the main conference (date and time TBD). If your poster is accepted, you are required to do the following:

  • Attend the session and present your poster at the scheduled time;
  • Register for at least one day of conference;
  • Submit an electronic proof of your poster for review by August 15, 2019, prior to printing;
  • Submit your final electronic version of the poster by September 30, 2019, to share with conference attendees and Healthy Teen Network members;
  • You are responsible for printing (maximum size: 72” W x 48” H), mounting and removing your poster. Healthy Teen Network will provide the display boards and materials to mount the posters.

More details will be provided upon acceptance of your poster proposal. The deadline to submit a poster proposal is 11:59 PM ET, May 31, 2019.

Designing Posters to Share the Story of Your Work

Below are some tips to create a stunning and effective poster:

  • Keep it simple and clean: Use colors that contrast with each other. If your poster board has a color, make sure the font color sharply contrasts for legibility. Avoid backgrounds and textures as they make it look busy and are harder to read.
  • Color with caution: You can keep your poster colors “on brand” with your agency or project. If you don’t have a color palette to work from, Google one up! DesignSeeds has many options and ideas. Just don’t select random colors that may clash with each other.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words: Use graphics and illustrations instead of text to convey your message. If people have to read a lot,
  • Don’t overdo it with graphics: We want you to visualize your data, but you should also be careful of putting too many visual elements on the poster that distract from your main message.
  • Big font: Text should be readable from three feet away, so make sure the text you use has big font: 24pt for body text and at least 50pt font for headers and the title. Use different font sizes for headers and body text to establish a hierarchy of importance. Don’t get carried away with fancy text that may be hard to read!
  • Polish your masterpiece: Make sure all items that are related with each other are evenly aligned and close together. Left justify body text to increase legibility.
  • Want more tips? Check out this blog post on how to create an effective poster presentation. Potent Presentations has many more tips!
  • Need inspiration? Check out Healthy Teen Network’s previous posters. Not everyone has a designer on staff to do this type of work, but everyone has a good story to tell. With sound design principles and elbow grease, you will create a masterpiece!

Posters from Past Conferences

Pulse, an App in Action: Preliminary Usage Results from a Randomized Control Trial

Jennifer Manlove, Elizabeth Cook, Makedah Johnson (Child Trends), Genevieve Martinez-García, Milagros Garrido, & Nick Sufrinko (Healthy Teen Network)

Pulse is currently being tested via a two-armed randomized controlled trial with 1,500 young women. This poster will share preliminary results from the trial and will share lessons learned on recruiting and retaining participants in an online study.


Likes, Tweets, and Hashtags: Harnessing the Power of Social Media to Recruit Study Participants

Nick Sufrinko, Milagros Garrido, Genevieve Martínez-García (Healthy Teen Network), Elizabeth Cook, Jennifer Manlove, & Makedah Johnson (Child Trends)

Social media and internet advertising continue to prove promising frontiers for the recruitment and engagement of participants for programs, studies, and campaigns. This poster shares key lessons from the digital recruitment efforts of the Pulse Study, a randomized control trial testing a web-based sexual and reproductive health app for young adult women. While Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google all offer promising metrics to advertisers, in the Pulse Study, platforms varied in producing eligible recruits. Platform-specific targeting abilities and return-on-investment are explored and the impact of incentives, user experience, and race and ethnicity on recruitment are considered.