Welcome to TCN CAE 2005 Conference

TCN CAE 2005

Poster session

Call for Posters


A poster is a bulletin board that displays several large pieces of paper providing an opportunity to publish a very short article and discuss it with your peers. It may be an overview of a technical topic, a problem or question, a product or a case study.

A typical poster is not just a shortened version of a conference paper (although those are acceptable!); posters are less formal, more interactive, and may provoke argument. Your poster will be on view throughout the conference, so the main ideas should be clear without need of explanation.


The TCN CAE 2005 Posters provide an excellent forum for authors to present their work in an informal and interactive setting. Posters are ideal for presenting speculative, late-breaking results or for giving an introduction to interesting, innovative work. Posters are intended to provide authors and participants with the ability to connect with each other and to engage in discussions about the work.

Posters will be displayed where most of the conference's major social events take place. This will give all conference attendees the opportunity to read your posters, and for you to discuss them with your colleagues.

Posters that present Work In Progress and draw important conclusions from practical experience are especially welcome.


Successful posters are carefully designed to convey technical details. They should also attract the attention of attendees as they stroll past the displays. The goal is to develop a poster that encourages and facilitates small groups of individuals interested in a technical area to gather and interact.

Posters will be reviewed and selected by the Scientific Advisory Board. An award will be given at the conference for the best poster on the afternoon of October 7th.

All conference participants are welcome to contribute posters.

A submission must include an abstract of up to 300 words. Follow this link for Poster abstract submission. To facilitate our work we recommend including a rough sketch of the poster. Download the poster template (.eps or .pdf) .The conference organisers will print the poster making every effort to match your sketch.

Also include the URL of a web site related to the poster, if applicable.

After notification of acceptance, final submissions of posters must be made by sending (by email at tcncae@consorziotcn.it or for other media types contact tcncae@consorziotcn.it):

  • Source file of poster text in .txt or .doc format
  • All figures files (.eps, .tiff, .gif, .png files) needed to compile your poster (min. resolutions 150 dpi at printed sized is recommended for bitmap files)

The poster will be published in the conference proceedings in pdf format.


  • The posters will be located in a public area, close to the exhibition and plenary session room, viewable for all conference attendees from the beginning (5th October afternoon) to the end of the Conference (8th October morning).
  • The size of the board for the poster is about 0.70 meter wide by 1.00 meter high. Note that this is portrait orientation!
  • A representative should be present during the Conference breaks to present the poster to conference delegates. Should you wish to meet delegates at other times during the conference, please include a meetings schedule on your poster. More detailed information on poster discussions will be given during the conference opening session.


NEW Submission due: July 24, 2005
Notification to authors: August 13, 2005
Material due before:September 1, 2005


Event Organization tcncae@consorziotcn.it


Posters must attract the audience. There are other posters in "competition" with yours, and you want people to gravitate toward your display.

  • Use primary colours (NOT shocking pinks and yellows).
  • Use complementary colours (yellow and purple, red and green, orange and blue) as a background to text and art work.
  • Use LARGE FONTS for the title and for "news caption" phrases ("news caption" phrases are excerpts from the written text that capture the essence of some of the central ideas).
  • Use at least 72 point font for the title, and 36 point font for the news caption phrases.
  • Use 18 point font for the text.
  • Use small blocks for the text - a wall of text is not attractive! Make sure that the small blocks of text can stand alone. That way, if someone comes up to your poster and reads only a small portion of it, it will still make sense.
  • Use only one type of font (mixed fonts have an unprofessional look).
  • Avoid using too many style changes (i.e., shadow, bold, italics, underscoring, etc.).
  • Consider using right-ragged text (justified text looks nice from a distance, but is more difficult to read; remember that people will be standing and reading the text on the spot -- you want to make the text as easy to read as possible).
  • Use lots of "white space" around your work -- light and empty space attracts the eye (and the reader).
  • Use simple fonts (sans serif) such as Helvetica or Times New Roman.
  • Run your spell check (twice!) and have a friend read the poster text in draft form before you mount the work.

Now that you've got their attention, what information should the poster include?

  • The poster should tell us WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW, WHY (the newspaper article list) as well as SO WHAT? and NOW WHAT? You should be able to "answer" each of these questions in a sentence or two, using language that the "intelligent layperson" can understand. In more formal "research" terms these are often listed as INTRODUCTION & RATIONALE, RELATED LITERATURE, METHOD, FINDINGS, IMPLICATIONS.
  • Even though listing your method (when, where, how) is very important, most people are more interested in the "why" (what was it that led you to the action research or professional development opportunity your poster describes) and the "so what" (what are the implications of your work for you as a teacher, and for the students you teach) and the "now what" (what follow-up is intended). Consequently, your poster should emphasize these aspects of your work over the method.
  • Provide information about where/how you can be contacted, both on the poster and the handout.