3. Poster

Each team is given one poster slot, students must present the poster during the scheduled Poster Sessions at the Giant Jamboree.

Poster Requirements

  • Each team can present one (1) poster during the Giant Jamboree
  • Poster dimensions cannot exceed 4 ft x 4 ft (1.22 m x 1.22 m)
  • Students on the team must present the poster during the scheduled poster sessions at the Giant Jamboree
  • Teams must print their poster prior to the Giant Jamboree and bring it with them
  • Teams must submit a PDF copy of their poster to iGEM Headquarters at the Giant Jamboree (details on how to submit will be provided closer to the Giant Jamboree)

Presenting Your Poster at the Giant Jamboree

This year, we have three scheduled poster sessions - one each on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening. Each team is expected to present their poster at all three sessions, but you may divide the presentation schedule up among your team members so your entire team does not need to attend each session.

Printing at the Giant Jamboree

Onsite printing services are available through FedEx at the Hynes Convention Center. For details, please visit their website: Hynes Convention Center Fedex.

Poster Guidelines

In iGEM, the purpose of the poster is to communicate the project to others in a very concise, yet engaging manner. Many posters in the past have been quite “busy” and “unbalanced” with regards to text, figures, and space. Although past winning posters may not have had this balance, it will be an important criterion in judging this year and in future iGEM jamborees. The rest of this page is filled with suggestions and guidelines to help teams create their posters.

Font sizes

Font size must be readable from a distance. Recommended font sizes are

  • 44 pt for headers
  • 38-40 pt for body text
  • 18-24 pt for captions beneath figures
  • 18 pt for references

Please note that your poster may be smaller than these dimensions, but it cannot be larger. If your poster is larger, you may take up more space than the poster boards will allow, which may cause issues for the team next to you.

Expected iGEM Poster Components

Teams should plan to have the following components on their poster in some manner:

  • Title
  • Team
  • Authors and their Affiliated Institution(s)
  • Introduction
  • Methodology
  • Results/Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • Funding Attributions (If applicable)

Past iGEM teams have also elected to include additional components on their posters such as:

  • Abstract
  • Objectives
  • Motivation
  • Team Achievements
  • Future Directions
  • Human Practices
  • Parts Submitted


In addition, some teams have elected to display supplemental materials at their poster station. These displays have included laptop/tablet presentations, team prepared pamphlets/handouts, and 3-D printed models. The supplemental materials will not be factored into the judging of the poster.

Example Poster: Heidelberg 2015

Team Heidelberg 2015 won Best Poster, Undergraduate at the Giant Jamboree in 2015. Their poster is shown below as an example of a balanced poster with overall visual appeal:

Catch It If You Can

Heidelberg 2015


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