Call For Posters At 2015 Visitor Studies Association Conference

January 28th, 2015

The Visitor Studies Association is pleased to announce the call for posters for the 2015 conference, the theme of which is Taking Action: Evaluating for Growth, Improvement, and Change. The conference will take place at the Hotel Alexander in Indianapolis, IN from July 16-18.

The poster session is an interactive and collegial format for displaying and discussing project‐based work in a visual format. It offers an alternative for presenters eager to share their work through one-on-one discussion, and may be a particularly appropriate format for presentations where visual or material evidence represents a central component of the project. Posters are often a way to present the findings of an individual project or present preliminary data and gather advice. We expect that most posters for this conference will represent work that is complete, or present initial findings for multi‐year or ongoing projects.

How to Submit a Proposal

Email your proposal to with the subject line “2015 Poster” by February 27. You will receive a confirmation email by March 2, 2015. If you do not receive a confirmation email, send a second email (without attachment) because your proposal may not have been received. You will receive notification of whether or not your poster has been accepted by March 20, 2015.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (in ONE PDF document) and include:

1. Contact information, including participant(s’) name(s), affiliations(s), email(s), and phone number(s). Wireless internet access will be available. Participants must provide own computer if one will be used in the presentation. Due to limited space, projectors and speakers may not be used during the poster presentation.

2. Title of no more than 10 words

3. Short description of no more than 50 words for the conference program

4. An abstract of no more than 300 words that explains and promotes the project.

5. Include a simple one- or two-page visual mock-up of the display (e.g., created in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, or Publisher, etc. and saved as a PDF).


Looking for examples of project posters? Check out the posters from the 2014 Advancing Informal STEM Learning Principal Investigators Meeting to see a wide range of informal learning project, research, and evaluation data presented in poster format.