Poster presentation guidelines

The below information is for confirmed poster presenters of the ASAM 2019 Annual Conference. 

Posters must be presented as hard copy poster

  • The poster size is A0 (841 mm wide x 1188 mm high). 
  • Poster orientation must be portrait.  
  • The poster title should appear across the top of the poster.
  • The recommended size for lettering of titles is 25 mm high e.g. Arial font size 96 in bold face type. 
  • The author/s name, address and organisation should appear below the title in 24–32- point font.
  • The recommended minimum size for headings and sub-headings is 15mm high e.g. Arial font size 48 point in bold face type.
  • The recommended minimum size of letters in the text is 8mm high e.g. Arial font size 32 point. Recommended line spacing is at least 1.5. 
  • The logos of the author/s and any assisting organisations should be placed in an appropriate position, usually at the bottom of the poster.
  • Use contrasting colours where appropriate in charts, diagrams etc. 

At the conference

  • It is the author’s responsibility to place their posters on the supplied boards using Velcro.

Recommended programs

  • CorelDraw
  • Adobe Photoshop (flatten and save as a JPG or TIFF)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Adobe Illustrator (save as EPS with any fonts in outline)
  • Adobe Indesign (PRINT to PDF - not export / save as)
  • Microsoft Word

Not recommended

  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Visio


Posters will be available during all catering breaks for delegates to view. We recommend poster presenters stand with their posters to discuss and interact with delegates. Click here to view the program. 



  • Images should be at least 150 DPI at their printed size, please allow for this when scaling images. (For example, if you are creating a file at A4 size with images at 150 DPI and wanting to print at A1 size, the enlargement factor of 283% would mean that your printed DPI is approx. 53 DPI.) Most images taken from the internet will be 72 DPI, which is too low for printing.


  • Generally, it is best to use only 2 – 3 fonts on a poster this will make your poster easier to read.
  • Headings are best in a font such as Arial and body text in a font like Times New Roman. It is best to use an actual Bold or Italic font rather than simply selecting bold or italic in the menu commands - these may not print as shown on the screen.
  • Font sizes will depend on how big you create your poster and how much data you have. As a general rule if you were creating a poster in A0 size you might have a heading at 70pt and body text might be at 24pt to 36pt depending on the amount of body text you have.


  • It will depend on the program you use as what range of colours you can select. Do not use Pantone Colours as these are spot colours which are not printable on many systems, in a worst-case scenario Pantone colours will print as a blank white space. From a design perspective it is best to limit the number of colours on your poster to 3 to 4 colours (excluding those used in graphs).




Iceberg Events are the appointed Conference Organisers. Please contact us with your poster presentation queries. 

Brodi Newsome
Event Coordinator, Iceberg Events
+61 7 3876 4988