I received an email from the Society for Neuroscience this week describing the wrap up of the last conference. It included this tidbit:
- 110,000 push pins ordered to hold 15,116 poster presentations
This works out to 7.277 tacks per poster. An extravagance! You just need one tack for each corner, people!
But wait! There were eight poster sessions (two each, Sunday through Wednesday). Morning presenters could leave tacks for the afternoon presenters, who could leave tacks for the next day.
This means you effectively had 58.2 pins for each poster space.
That’s enough pins not just to attach your poster to the board, but to ensure it would not be cast adrift from its moorings should a small squall suddenly whip up in the middle of the convention center.
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