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Poster Fair

The canPOM2023 Poster Fair is a chance for participants to share their latest and greatest scientific results with a wide audience of photonics researchers from across Canada. Poster presenters will be able to highlight their research through a virtual poster presentation during canPOM2023. The poster session will have a dedicated, non-concurrent time slot with incentives to ensure maximum participation from all attendees.  Attendees will be able to engage with you virtually via the Gather platform. 

Instructions for Poster Formatting:

Format Restrictions (main document)

  • .png or .jpg format are the only file types that may be used.
  • Minimum width is 1000px (26.46cm).
  • Minimum height is 600px (15.88cm).
  • Maximum file size is 3MB.
  • No transparent background.

Format Restrictions (preview “thumbnail” document)

  • .png or .jpg format 
  • A copy of the main poster document that has been made smaller.
  • Recommended width is half of the main document.
  • Recommended height is half of the main document.

Resizing your poster to fit the dimension requirements

The most simple way to edit the dimensions of a poster is using a slideshow editor such as powerpoint or keynote. Here we’ll show you step by step details on how to change your dimensions.

Powerpoint instructions

  1. Select the Design tab of the toolbar ribbon.
  2. Select Slide Size icon near the far right end of the toolbar.
  1. Select Custom Slide Size.
  1. Change the Width and Height to be larger than the minimum size guidelines above (26.46cm and 15.88cm) and click okay.
  1. Click Ensure Fit to make sure the resizing doesn’t stretch your poster in an undesirable way.
  1. Repeat to create the preview poster with half of the width and height.

Gather Town Virtual Poster Fair

Participants will join us in a 2D world with 8-bit graphics, walking around the conference center by moving their avatar with their keyboard’s arrow keys. The poster session will take place in dedicated rooms, where posters will already be pre-loaded and organized in a grid similar to an in-person conference. To interact with a poster, conference attendees will walk up to the poster and press the “x” key to enter a full-screen viewing. While viewing the poster, they will also be able to interact with the presenter. See the screenshots below of the canPOM 2020 Poster Fair to get a sense of the virtual conference center!

When your avatar is in the private space near a poster, all other conference attendees in that space will be able to see and hear you through your webcam and microphone. You will only be interacting with people in this space, and not the neighbouring spaces. This promotes conversation with the presenter without interrupting conversation going on at other posters.

Poster fair presenters will need to create their poster such that it suits the formatting requirements of GatherTown. Posters will need to be submitted to the organizers before the conference (more details on this process to come!). 

In addition to providing organizers with a poster that attendees will view in full-screen mode, presenters must also provide a smaller, “thumbnail” version of their poster that can be quickly viewed at the bottom of the screen as people walk near their poster (see the example poster room above as an example). This is a preview that others can see before they directly engage with presenters.