Design a poster presentation

Posted 18th April 2019 by Hilary Furber

The BAS is interested in knowing about the great work our delegates are doing and so, for the first time, we are inviting Poster Presentations to be displayed at BAS 2019 Conference on 14th May.

Help others learn and grow – and raise your own profile – by sharing some of the valuable knowledge, tips and experience you have gained, and NO public speaking required! All we ask is that you stand next to your poster during the viewing session to answer any questions. You could even gain valuable insights from what others contribute to your topic.

We will assist you in any way we can, and will proof-read your work and have it printed for you onto an A1 or A0 poster for display at the conference (two posters if you have a lot of data to display).

Your poster will be visible on the BAS website afterwards, and we even may be able to facilitate this being published in one of the industry journals. The best poster wins a prize of £125.

If you have encountered a challenging case, implemented an innovative approach, improved treatment outcomes or patient experience in any way, carried out original research or a study or want to showcase some of your results and what you have learned and what has worked in your practice, then this is for you!

Here we answer your questions and lay out guidelines for a producing a winning poster.

What sort of topics might be suitable for a poster?
  • A challenging or interesting case study
  • Complications and adverse issues
  • How you deal with complaints
  • An innovation that has improved outcomes or patient experience
  • Results of an audit
  • A new initiative or protocol  introduced in your practice
  • Any interesting research or study you’ve undertaken
  • How you’ve introduced any new regulatory requirements e.g. GDPR, CQC or quality improvement
  • How you’ve responded to a challenge (for example, improving patient compliance)
  • Anything that your fellow sclerotherapists might find interesting, educational, informative


How to make an engaging and interesting poster 
  • Enlightening, relevant and well thought out topic
  • Easy to follow with a logical flow of data


  • Visually appealing with small succinct blocks of text and good graphics such as graphs, charts and images (avoid infringement of copyright)
  • Use bullet points and short sentences rather than dense blocks of text (much like designing any Powerpoint presentation)

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 Image Sources: University of Washington & Vanderbilt University Medical Centre
  • Original, accurate data, evidence-based

Poster presentations will be peer-reviewed by the BAS Management Committee, and judged on originality, case presentation methodology and visual impact.

How do I enter a poster?

Submit your title to [email protected] by 4th May 2019.

Email your presentation to [email protected] by 9th May

Please contact Hilary Furber if you have any questions or need any further advice or help in designing your poster:

[email protected] or phone 01264 736500

The technical stuff

Posters can be made in Powerpoint up to A1 size (594 x 841 mm) or A0 (841 x 1189 mm). Please ensure that you set the slide size before starting to add anything.

There are also free poster-making templates online, such as but they are often American poster sizes – be sure to pick metric A1 or A0.

Links to templates to follow shortly

Font – choose a font that is easy to read at a distance, Times Roman, Verdana, Helvetica, Palatino, Arial and keep the font and the font colour standard

Type size – remember that your poster will be read by someone standing at about a metre away so the text will need to be legible at a distance. Use large type sizes 24 point – 36 point.

Line spacing – 1.5 spacing is easier to read than single spacing

Case – Use Sentence Case, Uppercase is more difficult to read at a distance.

File type – For printing save as Powerpoint or print-quality PDF