ICCB 2015 Program Spotlight: Take the Poster Pledge

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by Edd Hind (re-posted from IMCC3 content, with edits)

Edd Hind presenting a poster during a poster session at a previous conference. Going to poster sessions is important to poster presenters and benefits those who attend.

Edd Hind presenting a poster during a poster session at a previous conference. Going to poster sessions is important to poster presenters and benefits those who attend.

As anybody who has been to the International Marine Conservation Congresses or the International Congresses for Conservation Biology will know, the program of talks, symposia, workshops and events is action-packed. It’s why the conferences are so good. However, there is a danger that with so many choices, you miss making one of the most important choices of your whole conference: to make sure you attend the Poster Sessions. There will be three poster sessions at ICCB ECCB 2015: Monday, August 3, 17:15-18:30; Tuesday, August 4, 17:15-18:30; Wednesday, August 5, 17:15-18:30.

As a poster presenter at IMCC1 in Washington, DC, I can’t speak highly enough of the chance I had to discuss my research with those who took the time to come and talk to me about governance of Filipino marine protected areas. However, attending poster sessions is not just about making presenters feel worthwhile… It’s also about the benefits to you!

We asked Twitter why you should attend a poster session, and this is what people had to say:

“[The] same reason as why you should attend talks. To learn about new research in your field.” (@whysharksmatter)

“Personal interactions with presenters.” (@bgrassbluecrab)

“Reviewing for oral presentations can be much more conservative, really interesting ideas can get their first airing in a poster.” (@Craken_MacCraic)

“There are some hidden gems.” (@RJlilley)

“I like posters as you can display different types of data. Some of my most out-of-the-box work has been a poster.” (@Craken_MacCraic)

“{If there is] Provision of wine […] … more delegates pitch up and they are chattier!” (@TalkinOceans)

“Poster sessions are […] friendly – less nerve wracking and tend to be in the evening.” (@Craken_MacCraic)

“You have the chance to engage with with poster presenters and gain more insights into great work.” (@samoester)

“Beer!” (@ChrisDarimont)

And my favorite, from a recent graduate:

“I was interviewed by someone who had a poster at a conference I attended. Never saw her poster. #doh #stoopid”

So there you go… a few of a myriad of excellent reasons for attending conference poster sessions. Take the poster pledge with me and promise to yourself and the poster presenters that you will be there.

-Edd Hind is the Communication Officer for the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is also the Communication Chair for IMCC4, to be held 30 July-3 August 2016.

*The International Marine Conservation Congress in the biennial conference of SCB’s Marine Section.

*The International Congress for Conservation Biology is the conference of the Society for Conservation Biology.

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