At Dioxin 2011 in Belgium, e-Posters were presented for one of the first times at a scientific conference. The e-Posters were arranged by NEXT, a European technology provider for conferences and meetings, and consisted of touch-screen monitors (screens approximately 1 m wide x 0.5 m high) on stands placed strategically throughout the poster venue. Dioxin posters were prepared in PowerPoint with a maximum of 6 slides and were loaded on all e-Poster monitors, where they could be accessed at any time during the conference by searching for authors, keywords, poster number, etc.
The e-Posters got mixed reviews. Most of the graphics were very good, but some presentations showed reduced resolution, making tables and text illegible. And while there was a convenience to seeing any poster in one place, it also meant you had to actually call the poster up, rather than just walk up and see it. However, a major benefit was being able to accommodate more posters in less space, which means that more scientists could present their work at the meeting.
Before large format printers revolutionized the industry, posters were tacked up as multiple 8.5″x11″ or A4 panels. We suspect that we’ll soon see these revolutionary e-Posters overtake large-format prints, and we congratulate the Dioxin 2011 organizers for being at the forefront of this advancement.