Here is one way to add logos to your poster, if you must. Click on image to see it large. See previous post for how not to do it. Full details at “Designing conference posters.”
I finally got around to making some long-needed changes to my page on designing conference posters: https://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign. For those who care, the poster-like file with poster tips is now just a PDF, not a Powerpoint template. This PDF will hopefully be useful to those who want to both an example layout and tips on how to craft a poster. Teachers can print this PDF out on a large-format printer and pin it to classroom wall a month before student posters are due. The second big change is that the Powerpoint templates are now text-light, which will make them easier to use as templates (i.e., no need to delete all the annoying “tips” text that was there previously). Templates now come in a few different flavors, too (and more coming). Finally, lots of minor changes to the page itself, though just as long-winded, with apologies. If you know of somebody who needs poster help, please feel free to send them the link.
One of my pet peeves about posters at conferences is that they often devote a lot of important real estate to text that nobody really wants to read. So if you’re shopping around the internet for a layout, give the layout below a try. I’ve situated the Literature cited, Acknowledgements, Further information (a section I’m trying to push), and annoying logos in a single strip at the bottom. Doing this pushes the interesting sections up, closer to eye level. I’ll eventually put a template for this up at https://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign.
For those who are interested, the logos in the sample layout are largely related to diseases: I’m presenting at the 2012 Annual Conference on Vaccine Research sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. I don’t know anything about vaccines, for the record. I’m just there to present at a workshop on science communication. I’m bringing hand sanitizer, of course.