Posters and Exhibits
Poster Award Winners
The winners for the 2006 Community Involement Conference and Training Poster Awards are:
Best Overall Poster, "Risk Means...? Community Involvement in Developing and Communicating Risk Results"
Presented by Brian Wolff of Indiana Department of Environmental Management
People's Choice Poster, "Community Outreach with Schools - Artwork for Navajo Nation EPA"
Presented by Lillie Lane of Navajo Nation EPA
Posters and formal exhibits offered an opportunity to visually share information with conference attendees. Formal exhibits were unmanned tabletop or free-standing professional displays that presented program or organizational information or examples of products developed by the organization. Exhibits were displayed in the ballroom foyer throughout the conference.
Posters were less formal visual presentations of a specific project or activity. The poster presentations were highlighted during two Poster Sessions, during which poster authors were able to interact with participants. The posters were displayed on large panels in the room where plenary sessions were held. Awards were presented to the two best poster displays.
Neither posters and exhibits marketing commercial products or services were permitted. There was no fee for displaying an exhibit or a poster. However, poster authors were considered presenters and were eligible to pay a reduced conference refreshments fee.
Poster Presentation Session
Posters, which are stand-alone visual presentations, were on display during the first two-and-a-half days of the conference and were highlighted during the Networking Hour/Poster Session on Tuesday evening and also on Thursday morning during a continental breakfast. Laptop computers and other electronic equipment could be used as part of a poster presentation. However, the use of such equipment was intended to supplement the poster materials.Awards were given for the two best posters. The Best Overall Award was selected by a panel of conference organizers, based on the following criteria:
- Clarity: Poster had a coherent and effective message
- Layout and Design: Poster was well organized and neat (aesthetic composition)
- Content and Research: Poster content was engaging and original, well planned, and thoroughly researched
- Readability: Poster was legible from five feet away
The People's Choice Award went to the poster that received the most votes from conference participants after they viewed the posters and talked to the poster authors during the poster session.
Poster Award winners were announced during the plenary session on Thursday, June 29, and the award recipients were honored with a prize. In addition, the award-winning posters were displayed on the website after the conference. (See above)
Free-standing or table-top exhibits on environmental outreach, education, or community involvement topics or activities were displayed in the conference exhibit area during the conference. Exhibits were not eligible for the poster presentation awards. There was no additional fee for displaying an exhibit or booth. Exhibits to market commercial products or services are prohibited.