Call for Posters
Visitor Studies Association Annual Conference
July 12-14, 2022
Omaha Marriott Downtown


What is the Poster Session?
The poster session is an interactive and collegial forum 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.

During the session, you should remain at your poster and be prepared to give a brief oral introduction to your project and discuss your work. Individual attendees browse among the posters throughout the event and chat with those presenting work of interest to them.

Deadline: April 22, 2022

When is the Poster Session?
The poster session will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm at the Omaha Marriott Downtown, 222 N 10th St, Omaha, NE, 68102.

Attending the Conference
If your poster proposal is accepted, you will need to register and physically attend the conference in Omaha, NE to present. VSA leaders and staff have worked closely with the conference venue to create an engaging and safe experience, in an environment that respects COVID-19 protocols. During the 2022 Visitor Studies Association Conference, we will be implementing health and safety protocols appropriate to the public health circumstances existing at the time of the conference and based on the regulations and recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

How to Submit a Proposal
Submit your proposal via our online form by April 22, 2022. You will receive notification of whether or not your poster has been accepted in mid-May.

Proposals must be submitted electronically. The online form requirements include:

  1. Presenter(s’) name(s), affiliations(s), email(s)
  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 

How Will Your Proposal Be Reviewed?
The review committee will consider the persuasiveness of your abstract and your project’s relevance to major issues and questions in the field of visitor studies and informal learning.

What Are The Dimensions of a Poster?
Each presenter will be provided a trifold board and half of a round table on which to set up the trifold board and any supporting materials. The dimensions of the trifold board are 36” x 48”. The side panel dimensions are 36”x12”, and the middle panel dimensions are 36”x24”. Your poster must fit on this board.
*Please note that presenters are not guaranteed access to power sources or internet access, so please plan accordingly. Due to limited space, projectors and speakers may not be used during the poster presentation.

Formatting and Content Advice
A good poster should introduce your topic, research questions or goals, methods, and/or best practices, along with what was accomplished and what you learned. Be sure to include the following:

  • Give the poster a title.
  • Use images to illustrate your points.
  • Keep text brief. Edit carefully. The test of a good poster is if someone can read it in 60 seconds and understand your main points.


  • Browse examples of posters from 2021’s VSA conference here
  • How do you design a great poster? Check out these tips! And also these!
  • What distinguishes average posters from excellent? Read the Better Posters blog.

If you have any questions or difficulties submitting your poster please contact us at [email protected]