2. Poster

On this page you will find the poster requirements, poster guidelines, including: expected poster components and font sizes. You will also find details on presenting at the Giant Jamboree and printing at the Giant Jamboree. At the bottom of the page you will find an example poster.

Each team is given one poster slot, and only students listed on the team's roster can present the poster during the scheduled Poster Sessions at the Giant Jamboree. Click here to find your team's assigned poster location and session.

File Submission

All teams must submit a PDF version of their team presentation and team poster by the end of the Jamboree on Monday November 4, 2019, 11:59 PM EDT. Please name your files under the following naming convention: TeamName_[ Poster OR Presentation ]_YourName.

Poster Requirements

  • Each team can present one (1) poster during the Giant Jamboree
  • Poster dimensions cannot exceed 4 ft x 4 ft (1.22 m x 1.22 m)
  • Only students listed on the team roster can present the poster during the scheduled poster sessions at the Giant Jamboree
  • Teams must print their poster prior to the Giant Jamboree and bring it with them
  • Teams must submit a PDF copy of their poster to iGEM Headquarters at the Giant Jamboree (details on how to submit will be provided closer to the Giant Jamboree)

Your poster may be smaller than these dimensions, but it cannot be larger. If your poster is larger, you may take up more space than the poster boards will allow, causing issues for the team next to you.

Poster Guidelines

In iGEM, the purpose of the poster is to communicate the project to others in a very concise, yet engaging manner. Many posters in the past have been “busy” and “unbalanced” with regards to text, figures, and space. Although past winning posters may not have had this balance, it will be an important criterion in judging this year and in future iGEM Jamborees.

Expected iGEM Poster Components

Teams should plan to have the following components on their poster in some manner:

  • Title
  • Team
  • Authors and their Affiliated Institution(s)
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results/Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Funding Attributions (if applicable)

Past iGEM teams have also elected to include additional components on their posters such as:

  • Abstract
  • Objectives
  • Motivation
  • Team Achievements
  • Future Directions
  • Human Practices
  • Parts Submitted

Font sizes

Font size must be readable from a distance. Recommended font sizes are:

  • 44 pt for headers
  • 38-40 pt for body text
  • 18-24 pt for captions beneath figures
  • 18 pt for references

Presenting Your Poster at the Giant Jamboree

This year, we will have scheduled poster sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the Giant Jamboree. Teams are assigned to the two poster sessions that are scheduled on the day of their presentation. Each team is expected to present their poster at both of their assigned sessions. This means that if you present on Friday, then you are expected to be at your poster during both the afternoon (1:00-2:30pm) and evening poster sessions (6:30-8:00pm) on Friday. 


In addition, some teams have elected to display supplemental materials at their poster station. These displays have included laptop/tablet presentations, team prepared pamphlets/handouts, and 3-D printed models. The supplemental materials will not be factored into the judging of the poster.
If you have a large display, you may want to consider applying for a spot in the Exhibition Space closer to the Giant Jamboree.

Printing at the Giant Jamboree

Onsite printing services are available through FedEx at the Hynes Convention Center. For details, please visit their website: Hynes Convention Center Fedex.

Example Poster: Heidelberg 2015

Team Heidelberg 2015 won Best Poster, Undergraduate at the Giant Jamboree in 2015. Their poster is shown below as an example of a balanced poster with overall visual appeal:

Catch It If You Can

Heidelberg 2015