IGC 2020 Poster and Powerpoint layout guide

Participants attending the IGC 2020 meeting are invited to make presentations as well as display posters.​

Powerpoint instructions follow the Poster layout instructions -- jump to PowerPoint instructions via this link.


Full instructions can be found in these downloadable files. Note, we provide a link to a PowerPoint poster template as a courtesy but very much hope you don't use it. It will take very little time to learn enough Adobe InDesign to use our templates and it gives you, and us, complete control over the printed format.  PowerPoint has in-built "intelligence" that can change font sizes etc. without you noticing.

Deadline for Poster digital files: 15 January 2020.

Deadline for PowerPoint presentations: 01 February 2020

If there are good reasons why you cannot meet these deadlines you MUST contact geodesigncolla@gmail.com as soon as possible with an alternate proposal for delivery so that we can plan our workflows accordingly.

See Submit IGC2020 Projects page for full instructions

Geodesign poster formats for the IGC 2020 Exhibition

We are providing you with links to templates dimensioned in metric units.  Please download and review these. The key REQUIRED elements are indicated by red boxes.  The indicated material must appear in these boxes, arranged as shown so that we will be able to make side-by-side comparisons between projects.​


Key characteristics:


The standard presentation poster is printed at A0 size (841 x 1189mm, 33.11 x 46.81")

Each participant project gets two posters following the layout outlined below

For Redlands, all posters will be in English

Font will be Arial.  Titles 90pts, Headings 48pts, Sub-headings 36pts, Body text 24pts.

Poster 1: Red boxes indicate required content, located as shown above

Poster 2: Blue boxes indicate open format supporting information

Poster 1 is mounted above Poster 2 as shown

Please order the SDG icons from most influential (highest scoring) to least, from left to right

Example display in the IGC 2020 Exhibition format

Top poster is hung so bottom edge overlaps title on bottom poster

Download Adobe InDesign templates via the button below or request via geodesigncollab@gmail.com
This template is provided as a courtesy but we very strongly encourage the use of
Adobe InDesign and the templates provided

More details on poster assembly and layout

Poster 1

Poster 2

Geodesign scenarios MUST conform to this layout:

Reporting Innovations, please use these acronyms+names:

Assessment of impacts relative to UN Sustainable Development Goals
(see IGC project workflow for more information)

Example estimations of impacts of a proposed design on Sustainable Development Goals.
Eight most impacted SDGs, ordered left to right from most improved (score 25 in Sum column of Early Adopter chart above) to eighth (score 10)

IGC Layout and Graphic Suggestions 

Ideally all teams will use the Adobe InDesign templates provided to prepare posters with readable text that will be made available to all participants to enable machine translation into other languages.  We will provide instructions for uploading all InDesign and supporting graphics files to a central repository.


The major grid elements described above and in the templates were determined to ensure that material transfers well to powerpoint (two major squares side-by-side per slide), and print (major squares on facing pages) representations.  For that reason, except in very unusual circumstances, all graphic and text elements should appear within major grid frames as shown on this mock-up and not cross the major divisions.


Beyond those constraints, participants are encouraged to use their full creativity to convey the background and supplemental material essential to their project. Larger-format maps and 3-D representations are encouraged. Use the best combination of maps, charts and 3-d visualization to convey your design but be consistent in using the same elements to convey each of the six scenario outcomes that have been specified. 3-d aerial oblique overviews are a useful format.  Use a viewpoint angle of elevation of about 45 degrees, horizontal angle of view 35-40 degrees.  3-d may not be appropriate for very large project areas.

PowerPoint formats for IGC 2020 presentations


IGC 2020 – Notes on presentation PowerPoints

(These notes are prepared referencing applications running on an Apple MacBook Pro with macOS 10.15.1 – there may be differences in how things work on Windows)


Please read and use these guidelines.  We are very close to having a superb outcome for IGC2020 but need your cooperation.


Preparing IGC2020 PowerPoints: Your presentation powerpoint should be 5-8 slides. 


SLIDE 1: For project-to-project comparison, please include a compilation of your project design scenarios in the layout shown. All maps, a problem statement and SDG impact matrices are required.  Where photos are shown in the example, participants may substitute charts, diagrams and photographs in other formats and layouts:

Example of SLIDE 1:

SLIDE 2: Presentations should also include a slide that describes the key project requirements and the IGC innovations employed in addressing those requirements:

Example of SLIDE 2:

Download PowerPoint presentation template via the button below or request via geodesigncollab@gmail.com

Exhibition at IGC 2020

We already know the dimensions of the space where we will exhibit the work of the collaborating teams and the size and number of poster panels which will be available.

IMPORTANT: Because we have a large number of participants we have had to limit the amount of work that each participant shows, based on the time and space available to show and present in the IGC 2020 meeting. The format and presentation scope which we describe above are designed ONLY for the IGC conference. They do not limit geodesign activities that occur beyond the IGC meeting in other settings.


The space constraints and IGC 2020 formats therefore enable only your principal study areas to be shown in all three scenarios and time-stages in the poster format. We recommend that you divide the flexible space, outside the fixed "red box" areas, to provide project background, show your 2050 designs in more detail, and summarize the implications of your study. Sub-areas and supplementary designs can also be shown using the flexible spaces.


The basic IGC 2020  “one panel—two posters” strategy (see above) guides our thinking.  The layouts are designed for viewers to make comparisons by time and scenario, between pairs of projects at the same and different sizes, in the same and different geographic settings. As we approach the meeting we will assess whether to offer more exhibition space to teams with larger or more complex study areas (Version B at end of page). If you believe you could benefit from more space, please communicate with the IGC Core group.​

Mounting the IGC 2020 Exhibition and what happens afterwards

The IGC 2020  display format is designed for viewers to make comparisons by time and scenario, between pairs of projects at the same and different sizes, in the same and different geographic settings.

Beyond IGC 2020, all collaborating schools are free to mount their own exhibitions using any or all material from the collaboration, including the work of any other school.  Translation of text into other languages will be enabled and is encouraged.


Why and how will project posters be reviewed?

The ability to make comparisons between projects is central to this project.  We are requesting 1 January submission in electronic format to allow enough time to reconcile format inconsistencies etc.  The core group will conduct this review and will consult with participants on any modifications that are necessary.

When and how will projects be presented and displayed?

All posters will be exhibited in the IGC meeting and in the Geodesign Summit. Projects will also be presented in powerpoint format during the IGC meeting.  A few may be selected to also be shown in a powerpoint presentation at an IGC session during the Geodesign Summit

What if some participants fail to complete their projects in the format required?

The core group reserve the right to exclude non-conforming projects and offer others more display space.

Will participants need to print their own posters for display?


Closer to the time you will be given precise instructions for assembling and depositing electronic files of all presentation work so that printing can be done on-site.  The deadline for receiving electronic files for review by the core group is 15 January 2020.

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