Poster instructions

From Wikimania

Conference poster session

The poster session will be held Friday August 11, 2017, at 18:00. It will feature a reception where attendees will be able to look at posters. Posters will be displayed on large stands, so it's important to follow the size guidelines below.

Important days

Deadline to submit your poster is June 10, 2017. Authors will be notified of poster acceptance no later than June 24, 2017.

Part 1: submit a poster idea

  1. Submit a poster idea using the input box below:

  1. The poster committee will review the poster submissions and approve your poster, or suggest a changes.
  2. Once your poster is approved, you can start creating your poster. You will be contacted by a poster mentor that will assist you in the process, if need be.

Part 2: Create your poster

Estimated preparation time: 3 - 5 hours.

Poster dimensions

The maximum dimensions for your poster size A1. Following are the technical specifications for the poster:

  • Size: A1 (594 x 841 mm "or" 23.4 x 33.1 in)
  • DPI: preferably 150-300 DPI
  • Color mode: Preferably CMYK (most graphic editing software programs have the color changing mode and CMYK is great for lossless printing)

Creating your poster

In terms of content, the kind of poster we are looking for is academic poster [1], a presentation of information that is educational to others, and serves a learning purpose. Please don't submit a promotional or marketing poster.Once you chose the topic you want for your poster, lay out the story in a way that lets other people know what happened, what were the key results, and what is your key advice to them, if you have any.

You can also use the ABCDs of Storytelling as a guide to creating your poster. Find more detailed guidance: read a Learning Pattern on how to create posters, and look at posters submitted by others in previous Learning Day events at Wikimedia conferences:

There are many programs you can use to create a poster. We have found that Microsoft PowerPoint, LibreOffice Presentation, and LibreOffice Draw are the most easy to use, and make good looking posters. Other programs like Adobe InDesign & Illustrator have more features, but they are also more difficult to learn, and they are expensive. Another option is to use Google Draw.

Whichever program you choose, make sure to set the size of your poster file before you start adding words and pictures. This will help you make sure that the fonts you are using are the right size, and that the pictures you include have a high enough resolution to print properly. Here, you can find empty templates that you can use to create your poster:

Finalizing your poster

Once your poster is complete, please print it to PDF format and open it in a PDF reader to make sure that everything is displaying correctly. Are your pictures blurry? Is your text aligned? Once you are happy with the way your PDF looks, please send the PDF to

If you have questions, or experience trouble making your poster

Please email

  1. Academic poster, on English Wikipedia