VSA 2020 Call for Posters

Visitor Studies Association Annual Conference 
July 15-18, 2020
Marriott Omaha Downtown Capitol District
Omaha, Nebraska


What is the Poster Session?

The poster session is an interactive and collegial format for displaying and discussing project‐based work in a visual format. It offers an alternative for presenters eager to share their work through one-on-one discussion, and may be a particularly appropriate format for presentations where visual or material evidence represents a central component of the project. Posters are often a way to present the findings of an individual project or present preliminary data and gather advice. We expect that most posters for this conference will represent work that is complete, or present initial findings for multi‐year or ongoing projects.

Deadline: April 8, 2020

When is the Poster Session?

The poster session will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm at Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capital District, 222 North 10th Street Omaha, Nebraska 68102.

How to Submit a Proposal

Submit your proposal via our online form by April 8, 2020. You will receive a confirmation email by April 17, 2020. If you do not receive a confirmation email, send an email (without attachment) to [email protected] because your proposal may not have been received. You will receive notification of whether or not your poster has been accepted by the end of May 2020.

Proposals must be submitted electronically. The online form requirements include:

  1. Participant(s’) name(s), affiliations(s), email(s), and phone number(s)
  2. Title of no more than 10 words
  3. Short description of no more than 50 words for the conference program
  4. An abstract of no more than 300 words that explains and promotes the project 
  5. A simple, one-page visual mock-up of the display (e.g., created in PowerPoint, etc. and saved as a PDF). Please include a basic layout for your poster and a general sense of what topics will be addressed in each poster element. See two examples of mock-ups here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B85eTZGV0KaxVTF3QUNjYmhrU00

How Will Your Proposal Be Judged? 

The review committee will consider the persuasiveness of your abstract, the persuasiveness/quality of your visual presentation, and your project’s relevance to major issues and questions in the field of visitor studies and informal learning. 

What are the dimensions of a poster? 

Each presenter will be provided a trifold board and half of a round table on which to set up the trifold board and any supporting materials. The dimensions of the trifold board are 36” x 48”. The side panel dimensions are 36”x12”, and the middle panel dimensions are 36”x24”. Your poster must fit on this board. 

*Please note that presenters are not guaranteed access to power sources or internet access, so please plan accordingly. Due to limited space, projectors and speakers may not be used during the poster presentation. 

Formatting and Content

A good poster should introduce your topic, research questions or goals, methods, and/or best practices, along with what was accomplished and what you learned. Be sure to include the following: 

  • Give the poster a title. 
  • Use images to illustrate your points. 
  • Keep text brief. Edit carefully. The test of a good poster is if someone can read it in 60 seconds and understand your main points.

During the session, you should remain at your poster and be prepared to give a brief oral introduction to your project and discuss your work. Individual attendees browse among the posters throughout the event and chat with those presenting work of interest to them.


  • How do you design a great poster? Check out these tips!
  • What distinguishes average posters from the excellent? Read the Better Posters blog.
  • Check out this short video on making better research posters from American Journal Experts. 
  • Gather some data visualization and reporting inspiration from this Pinterest board