Guidelines for poster presentations

All Poster Acceptance notices were sent out on March 5th, 2024, please ensure you check your spam folders if you did not receive it. If you are unable to locate the acceptance notice, please contact for assistance.

Please review the Instructions and procedures for presenters and participants before submitting an abstract.

Abstracts are classified along the following themes:

  1.  Development
  2. Neural Excitability, Synapses, and Glia: Cellular Mechanisms
  3. Disorders of the Nervous System
  4. Sensory and Motor Systems
  5. Homeostatic and Neuroendocrine Systems
  6. Cognition, emotion and motivation
  7. Novel Methods and Technology Development
  8. History, Teaching , Public Awareness and Societal Impacts in Neuroscience

Preparing your presentation for submission

  • Select a Presentation Theme that most closely describes your presentation
  • Prepare to enter all authors (lead and additional) names complete with their affiliation/organization name and email address
  • Prepare an abstract title (max 225 character limit)
  • Prepare the abstract text (max 1600 character limit, spaces included)
  • Submit the abstract via CAN’s online submission tool in the appropriate text box. Please note: when submitting the abstract cut and paste it from a text editor (i.e. notepad, wordpad, textedit et al.) to ensure it does not include underlying formatting that may cause errors.

Guidelines for poster presentation

You will be provided with a maximum surface area of 3.75′ x 3.75′ (114 cm x 114 cm) to display your poster. Posters can not exceed this size.

  • Push pins will be provided for you to affix your poster to the display board.
  • You may hand out information sheets to those viewing your poster.
  • Poster material must be prepared in advance and should be large enough to be viewed from a distance of approximately 3′ (1 m) or more.
  • Each poster must have a top label indicating the title of the paper, the names of the authors and their affiliations. The size of the characters for the title should be at least one inch high.
  • Please indicate the poster number in the top left corner of your poster
  • Keep illustrative material simple. Charts, drawings and illustrations may be similar to those used in making slides – preferably with bolder, heavier figures. These materials should be mounted on fairly stiff paper – but NOT heavy cardboard.
  • “Introduction” and “Conclusion” sections are usually helpful.
  • When feasible, use graphs for demonstrating qualitative relationships, tables of precise numerical values.
  • If used, photographs should be in a matte finish, not glossy.
  • Do not fold posters; roll and carry them in an appropriate container.
  • Do not mail poster presentations in advance; bring them with you to the Meeting.
  • Meeting staff will be present to assist you during the poster set up times
  • Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period remains the responsibility of the author(s). Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of by meeting staff.

For more information on poster presentations, please contact

How to submit an abstract

Only active members in good standing can submit or sponsor an abstract to present a poster at the CAN Annual Meeting.

Please follow the steps below to ensure you are compliant with CAN submission procedures.

Step 1: Become a member of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience for the new membership year. Click here to renew / become a member of the Association in order to submit

Step 2: Once you have become an active member, please click here for member only access to the submission portal.  Note that this link is only active during the period of the Call for abstracts.  Submissions received outside these dates are not considered.

Please note: if you are not a member of the Association by the submission deadline, your poster will not be considered for presentation at the CAN meeting.