Virtual Symposium: Systems Chemistry; Life-like emergent behavior in complex molecules and ensembles. May 18-20, 2020.

Information for Presenters

Present your poster to a global systems chemistry audience via Twitter (@syschem20) for a chance to win an invitation to participate in the 2022 Systems Chemistry Gordon Research Conference with full registration support (worth $1,420 USD).

Poster prize winners will also have the opportunity to present their research talks on the last day of this symposium.

Poster session will start on Sunday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and commence on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT. Winners from the poster session will be selected to present during the symposium on Wednesday, May 20.

Check out our recorded Zoom Info and Q&A Session.

Event Guidelines

  1. Set Twitter profile to public for the duration of the poster session event – 11:00 a.m. EDT May 17 to 11:00 a.m. EDT May 19.
  2. Tag @syschem20 and use #syschemposter on your official poster tweet. You will be provided with an additional sub-category hashtag to use. Your designated category may not be your first preference.
  3. Pin your poster tweet so your poster is easy to find.
  4. After posting your official poster, comment on the poster thread and introduce yourself! Feel free to add supporting poster information to the thread as well.
  5. Judging will be conducted through the comment thread on your poster by our event judges.
    • Check back here for broad guidelines on judging criteria.
  6. Please block and report spurious comment on your poster.

Judging Criteria

  1. Research Originality
  2. Potential Impact
  3. Comprehensiveness
  4. Informative
  5. Self-Explanatory
  6. Design

Poster Guidelines

  1. Your poster will be uploaded as an image. JPEG, PNG and GIF are compatible with Twitter.
  2. Maximum image size 5 MB.
  3. While the recommended image dimensions are 2:1 aspect ratio for landscape, you can use standard poster dimensions (A4, A0) as long as the content is legible (font size 12-16 for A4 and 50-60 for A0).
  4. Please be mindful of appropriate permissions while presenting copyright images.
  5. Please be mindful of prospective journal policies before presenting unpublished data. Responsibility for the data rests on the presenter.

Rules of Conduct

  1. Organizers will not tolerate inappropriate behavior and online harassment of any kind.
  2. Comments that demean another person due to his or her gender, gender identity or expression, race, religion, ethnicity, age or disability will not be tolerated.
  3. Review of such allegations will be conducted on a case by case basis. Perpetrators can face temporary/permanent ban from the online symposium. Their Twitter/Zoom accounts will also be blocked/reported.
  4. Organizers always expect the participants to abide by this code during the symposium and Twitter poster event. Failure in doing so shall result in a void registration and additional appropriate action.

Virtual Poster Resources

  1. Quick guide to creating a Twitter account.
  2. Quick guide to attending a poster event on Twitter.
  3. Blog by Stuart Cantrill on tips for twitter.
  4. Check out Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2020 Twitter poster winners (reproduced with permission from @Roysocchem). RSC has conducted a Twitter based poster event every year since 2015 (#RSCposter).
  5. Want to create an animated poster? Quick guide to creating GIFs.
  6. World is not always a happy place and online events always have a threat of spam – quick guide to navigating spam.


  • What are the guidelines for poster winners giving talks on the final day?
    • If chosen as a poster winner to present on the final day, you will be provided with information on May 19 at 12:00 pm EDT.
  • When will the posters be judged?
    • The judges will look throughout the poster session depending on their timezones starting May 17 at 11:00 am EDT until May 19 at 11:00 am EDT. Please ensure that your poster is available for the entirety of the poster session. Please do not delete and repost your posters during this time period.
  • What if we interact with participants/judges outside of Twitter? Would that count towards the judging?
    • Interactions with judges outside Twitter will not count towards the judging.
  • Will we be giving poster “presentations”, or will our poster only be judged visually?
    • Interactions and conversations will take place via comment, likes and retweets on Twitter. There will be no traditional oral component to the poster presentation.
  • How will I answer judges’ questions, as we may be in different time zones?
    • Feel free to answer questions in your own time; you do not need to respond immediately. Do ensure, however, that you try to address all questions before the conclusion of the poster session.
  • What is the registration deadline?
    • The registration deadline is Monday, May 4th, 12:00 pm EDT.
  • What if I want to present a poster, but I forgot to include this information on the registration form?
    • Please re-register on the website.
  • How do I obtain copyright permission from a journal?
    • Most journals have links on their webpage to facilitate this process. Go to the paper from which you would like to use an image, and follow the instructions on the webpage to obtain copyright permission. If you are the original author, you can modify your own figures without obtaining copyright permissions. Please acknowledge the original source in your figure caption.