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Poster Sessions

Attend the Poster Sessions and the Poster Competition

Poster submission deadline – July 25, 2022

Poster sessions – Sunday & Monday October 16-17, 2022

Competition – Tuesday October 18, 2022

Researchers, practitioners, and students share their O.R. and analytics projects presented as poster displays. Poster Competition winners will be announced during the in-person conference.

Submission and Competition 

INFORMS places special emphasis on high-quality poster submissions. As in past years, a Poster Session Competition will be held to recognize the best posters. If you would like to enter this competition, you are required to submit a soft copy of your poster (in pdf format) by July 25, 2022.

As in past years, a Poster Session Competition will be held to recognize the best posters. If you would like to enter the competition, you have to indicate your participation during the submission procedure. Three winners will be selected during the conference, with awards given for first place ($350), second place ($250), and third place ($150). The winners will also receive a certificate and will be recognized in INFORMS newsletters, OR/MS Today, INFORMS Connect, and on the INFORMS website.

Poster Competition Judges


How the Poster Competition Works

Participation in the poster competition is voluntary. That is, an author may elect to enter the General Poster session and make a poster presentation without entering the competition. For those who wish to compete, there are two rounds in the competition. In Round 1(Sunday & Monday), the poster competition chairs and judges will screen the submitted posters for their fit-for-competition and determine the posters to be evaluated in Round 2 (Tuesday) by the judges. In Round 2, judges will evaluate each poster.  After the judges submit their scores for each poster, the competition chairs will identify the first, second, and third place winners. The recognition includes a certificate, an award check, and announcements on INFORMS newsletters, OR/MS Today, INFORMS Connect, and on the INFORMS website

Before the Annual Meeting

Step 1. Abstract Submission: Only one poster abstract submission will be permitted per presenting author. For the poster submission, the following items are needed by July 25, 2022: contact information for yourself and any co-authors, the title,  a 50-word abstract, and a poster in PDF format. You must selet an option when entering your information to let us know if you wish to be part of the competition.

Step 2. Poster Review for Competition and Scheduling (Pre-Conference Round):  All posters ae accepted for presentation in person at the conference (Sunday and Monday). Chairs will screen the poster submissions to assign to judges and determine the presentation time (Sunday or Monday) accordingly.  The schedule will be announced before the conference.

During the Annual Meeting

Step 3. Round 1.  Poster presenters should bring a hard copy of their poster and hang it on the specified area before the scheduled poster session. 

Step 4. The finalists  chosen for Round 2 will be asked to present at the competition session on Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm. Chairs will contact the finalists on Monday afternoon.

After the Annual Meeting

Further Recognition: The winners of the poster competition will be announced on the INFORMS website, in INFORMS newsletters, and in OR/MS Today.

You can view previous winners here.

Poster Preparation Guidelines & Instructions

Minimal Requirements

ePoster: Each presenter in the Poster Sessions and Competition should submit their poster  in the form of a 1-page PDF file in portrait orientation and bring a hard copy to the annual meeting. In Pixels: 1080 width x 1536 height. In Centimeters: 38.1 width x 54.2 height. Minimum font size: 16. 

Suggested Best Practices

For all posters, please follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a good contrast between background and foreground text.
  • Avoid acronyms and extensive mathematical notation as much as possible.
  • Include one or more of the following: a brief description of the problem, objectives of the work, the methodology utilized, conclusions, relevant diagrams, and graphs and charts, in order to present an overview of the application.
  • Organize your poster into sections, e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and Literature Cited. (Avoid using too many citations.) You may wish to use numbers to help sequence sections of the poster.
  • Arrange the material into columns.
  • The title should be readable from 15–20 feet (approximately 4.5–6 meters) away.
  • The text should be large enough to be read easily from at least 6 feet (approximately 2 meters) away.
  • The poster should not rely upon your verbal explanation to link together the various portions.
  • Avoid densely packed, high word-count posters. Posters with 800 words or less are ideal.
  • Self-explanatory graphics should dominate the poster.
  • Below are webpages that provide more guidelines and free poster templates: