Continuing Report Break-Out Sessions
All continuing projects will be presented in small group format. Researchers will be grouped together in two or three rooms to present short updates on his/her project. The amount of time alotted will depend on the number of continuing reports. A WTFRC representative will contact you to give you that specific information. When preparing your report, remember to allot for Q&A time. At the conclusion of your presentation (or when the timekeeper notes that it is time to conclude), the next researcher will give his/her report. Once all researchers in the group have presented their report, an additional few minutes will be given for questions and answers for any of the researchers within the group. When time is up, the small group of committee members will rotate to the next room and you will present to a new small group.
The Poster Session
All researchers who present a continuing report will also be required to participate in the poster session. The session was created as a way for the audience to engage the researchers in one-on-one discussion following the continuing project reports. The poster session is a relaxed atmosphere where researchers are stationed by their posters as industry people walk around and engage researchers at their leisure.
The audience for the session is interested, active tree fruit industry folks who have little time to read project reports, are donating their time at a meeting, and appreciate a focus on conclusions that have an impact on their practices or advance their useful knowledge.
Helpful Poster Tips
Avoid justifications and too much background--assume the problem you were funded to work on is important and let your audience know what you accomplished, rather than how you accomplished it. Use graphics, minimize text, and highlight your most meaningful results. Since your data is in the written report, it is not necessary to include all data.
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission will provide the poster boards. Maximum poster size should not exceed 44”W x 40”H in order to fit comfortably on the boards. Please bring your own Velcro to attach your poster; scissors are handy too!