The main objective of the poster exhibit is to promote individual and group research work, carried out by schools, institutions or individuals who practice Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and to contribute to its development in the 21st century in Portugal and around the world.

General Guidelines



The main criteria for accepting posters is the overall quality presented and the relevance of the content. Posters can be related to case studies, clinical cases or literature review, and there are no restrictions on themes.

I. Procedures

The posters will be exhibited during the two days of the congress and the participants will have the opportunity to talk with the authors since they will be invited to stand alongside the posters during the coffee breaks. In the end, the top three posters will have the opportunity to give a 15 minute presentation about the research.

II. Prizes

All posters will be selected and analyzed by a jury composed of six elements (nomination until February 29) with academic experience, which will assign a rating to each poster. The first three will be awarded with prizes of € 300 (1st place), € 200 (second place) and € 150 (3rd place). Honorable mentions will be awarded from 4th to 10th place.

III. Content and format

1. Title
2. Abstract
3. Introduction
4. Materials and methods
5. Results
6. Conclusions
7. References

Optional content

8. Suggestions
9. Acknowledgements

1. The Title should include the title of the research, the names and affiliations of the authors and the logos of the affiliations. The title should be written in bold and not in upper case. The title of the investigation should have the largest font size of the poster so that it can be read up to 6 meters away. The names of the authors should be grouped and, if possible, the first and last names should be written in full. If not, the first name shall be abbreviated.

2. The Abstract should contain the background, the research question and the primary final results, in order to be a brief and precise summary of all the investigation.

3. In the Introduction you must contextualize the problem and set the hypothesis. With this section you should catch the reader’s attention and the research should be clear for the current scientific context. This section can be enriched with images and contextualized with named authors. All statements must be duly quoted.

4. Material and methods should be briefly described, a deeper explanation can be orally given by the author to the readers during the congress. This section should be objective and clear about how the research was conducted. To help describe materials and methods, you can use charts, tables or pictures. In this section you should include the sample size and the sampling method.

5. Results should be the largest section of the poster, start with an objective response to the research question and indicate whether the research worked or not. After affirmation, the analysis of the data should be presented with graphs and tables, and their respective analyses.

6. Conclusion must be a direct and objective statement that takes into account the research question initially put forward.

7. References must be in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA), and all citations used in the poster should be referenced in this section. You can not include referrals from websites.

The next sections are all optional.

8. The Suggestion section should suggest other experiments related with the present one, and should be related with the eventual changing of the hypothesis, materials or methods.

9. In the Acknowledgements section, you can thank contributors, affiliations, foundations, and everyone that helped with the achievement of the research.


IV. Poster’s layout

Poster size is 594 mm by 841 mm (23.4 “x 33.1”) in landscape orientation. The text must be written in English and a readable font must be chosen. It is important to be careful with the chosen background so that it does not distract the reader and make it difficult to read the text. The font size of the text body should be 24, the titles of sections 32, the title of the investigation 85, the authors 56 and the subtitles 18. The space between the lines should be 1.25 or 1.5. If you prefer, you can download and edit one of the following templates:

Poster template 1

Poster template 2

Poster template 3

V. Deadline for poster submission

The poster can be submitted between 15 April and 15 May or between 15 July and 31 August. If possible, send at the first wave of submission because suggestions / corrections may be sent back. Posters selected for the exhibition will be announced 10 days after the final deadline.


VI. Poster Exhibition?

All posters must be delivered to the Organizing Committee at the Estoril Congress Center on November 8th at 7pm or sent to BrainStrong.projects (Rua Francisco Stromp Lote B4 Bloco C, RC Esq. 1600-464 Lisbon) until the 7th of November, imperatively, in the format given in the regulations.

Submitted and accepted posters will only be displayed if the authors representing them are registered with WCATCMXXI.

The registration fee is 80 € per poster with access to the entire WCATCMXXI two day program.

When applying for WCATCMXXI ( the abstract of the poster in question must be attached.


Selection Jury


Paulo Mascarenhas; Pascoal Amaral; Rogério Costa -

Scientific Jury


The scientific jury is composed of the members of the Scientific Committee: Ana Varela; Claudia Sousa; Emma López Espinosa; Helena Caria; Johann Perdomo Delgado; Monica Teixeira; Reginaldo Filho; Ruth McCarty.