Scientific posters should be eye-catching. Colors, graphs and images all help achieve this. The right background image used properly and combined with a nice selection of colors can really make a scientific poster stand out among others in the conference hall. So what is it that matters when it comes to selecting the right background images?

You’ve read the poster creation instructions of the conference you’re planning to attend. You now know the dimensions of the board and the maximum dimensions of your poster. You also know its orientation and, perhaps, its default section titles as well. It’s time to start creating your poster using whatever means you are familiar with. And then you’re confronted with the first important question: how many columns should your poster have?

An effective scientific poster should promote your work and engage fellow conference attendees in a constructive conversation with you once they read it. This helps your professional development and can build the foundation for new collaborations. The reverse is also true. Posters that do not attract attention and do not yield productive discussions obviously do not adequately promote you or your work. So what is one of the most common reasons why some posters simply fail to create enough interest?