47th World Congress of Surgery 2017 - Basel, Switzerland, 13-17 August 2017

Guidelines for WCS 2017 – Poster display


Congratulations on having your abstract selected for poster display! We are keen to raise the design standards of conference posters, so remember: A poster is first and foremost a visual communication.

Authors must be pre-registered for the conference by 26 April 2017, in order to display their poster and have their abstract published in the final programme. The poster location will be published in the final programme, which you will receive when you arrive at the conference. And presentation details will be communicate to the submitting author by the end of June.


Poster maximum size:

Height: 1.50m Width: 1.00m

Please note that the orientation format of your poster is Portrait, see below.


  • The title of your poster should be at the top, in large letters to get the viewer's attention.

  • Posters should then display the abstract number, authors, institutions of origin and contact details (contacts details optional).

  • Your goal is to convey a clear message and support it with a compelling combination of images and short blocks of text.

  • All text on the objectives, methods, results and conclusions need to be kept brief.

  • Every element, including graphs and tables must be easily readable from a distance of 2 metres.

  • Consider how best to use colour, photos, charts and pictures to enhance the information.

  • Bring your poster already printed. There will be no printing services available on site.


  • Each poster board is numbered, corresponding with your abstract number. A list will be available onsite with the reference number, poster title and list of authors.

  • Fixation: Adhesive Velcro will be provided on site at the Conference Welcome Desk. Push pins, staples etc are NOT allowed.

  • Set-up and dismantle: Authors are fully responsible for the set up and dismantling of their poster according to the schedule given.


The posters in the category Poster Discussion will be discussed in a regular meeting room (or during a Poster Walk at the Poster Board directly) and the session will be moderated by experts in the field. Presenting Authors of Poster Discussion presentations in a regular Meeting Room are requested to prepare 3 PowerPoint slides of the Poster (overall picture, introduction of the problem, solution) to be shown during the presentation.


The posters in the category Poster Exhibition are not presented in a specific session or poster walk. For discussion of the poster with interested delegates, presenting authors are requested to be at the poster during the following times:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:15-13:15 hrs.


From: Monday 14th August 2017 from 10:00 to noon
Dismantle: Wednesday 16th August 2017 from 16:00 to 17:00

  • Posters should be displayed from Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th August 2017

  • Posters not removed by their authors by 17:00 on 16th August will be taken down by staff and no responsibility can be taken for their safe return.

  • Authors of accepted posters are requested to stand by their poster to be able to discuss it with participants during the ‘poster viewing time on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 12:15-13:15 hrs.

Sample Poster Outline: