Poster Session

Thank you for participating in the 2016 poster session. If you missed this session, you missed a great time discussing the latest science, facility and instrument developments on a lovely fall evening on the patio of the new SUSB. But, there's always next year so start planning ahead ...

Congratulations to the outstanding winners of the Joe Wong Poster Award Competition --  and thank you to the SSRL and LCLS UEC Judges!

Camila Bacellar, Graduate Student, University of California Berkeley/LBNL:  Imaging Anisotropic Nanoplasma Dynamics in Superfluid Helium Droplets

Fang Ren, Stanford University/SSRL Material Science Division:  Identify Phases in Materials - Human or Robot?

Anna Wise, Stanford University/SSRL Material Science Division:  High Resolution Chemical Mapping of Energy-related Materials: Development of Soft X-ray Ptychograpy at SSRL

(Left to Right:  Camila Bacellar, Petra Fromme, Fang Ren, Blaine Mooers, Anna Wise. Photo:  Piero Pianetta, 2016)

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The user science poster session provides a great opportunity to share your latest advances and results as well as network with colleagues to learn about new capabilities, technology and research results.  Submit your poster abstract by noon on October 3.  Please also send Lisa Dunn a message if you want to compete for a Joe Wong Poster Award.  Meeting registration is a requirement for award eligibility, but is free for students presenting posters.

Users presenting posters must be registered for the Users' Meeting. The User Science Poster Session will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 5 pm.

Posters will be assigned space on a 48" x 48" cork board on which diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and a small amount of text may be mounted (push pins will be provided; see poster preparation tips below).

Abstract Submission Form


Poster Blitz

Promote your poster during the poster blitz which will occur at the conclusion of the October 6 Plenary Session I. To participate in the Poster Blitz, prepare a creative ~30-45 second pitch for your poster and send one PowerPoint slide via email to Bill 'PosterMeister" Schlotter before October 4.

Keep your pitch short with minimal technical jargon – past blitz presenters have incorporated art, illustrations, poetry, singing, dancing, etc.  Be Creative! 



The Poster Session is planned for the patio and lobby of Building 53, Scientific User Support Building (SUSB).

Plan to set up your poster before the session starts so that you can take full advantage of the poster session window.

A reception is also being planned in the early evening on the same day so there are additional opportunities to visit other posters and interact with colleagues.

Please retrieve your posters by 7 pm. The poster board stands will be picked up by the vendor early on Friday morning, so authors are responsible for taking down and retrieving their posters BEFORE 7 PM on Thursday, October 6. Posters not retrieved by this time will be re-purposed at the relevant beam lines or discarded.


Deadlines for abstract submission and Poster Blitz:

  • October 3 (noon):  Cutfoff for Poster Abstract Submission (Abstract Submission Form)
  • October 4:  Cutfoff for Poster Blitz Entries

Poster Preparation Tips

The content of each poster should be clearly divided into sections including introduction, experimental aim (or problem definition), work summary, results, and conclusions. Diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and a small amount of text may be mounted on the 48" x 48" cork board which we will provide. Push pins will be provided for mounting materials. No audiovisual equipment is available. Poster authors may make copies of their posters or papers available to participants.

Legibility - The poster should be readable from a distance of at least 5'. Suggested sizes are a minimum graph size of 10" (25 cm), section heading letters of 3/4" (2 cm), and text and figure lettering not less than 3/8" (1 cm).

Heading - A heading label including the title, author name(s), and the address of the primary author(s) should be included. The recommended lettering size is 1-3/16" (3 cm). This should be mounted at the top of the poster board.

Titles - All figures and tables should be titled.

Dimensions - The entire size of the poster material(s) is limited to 48" x 48".


Poster Printing

Unfortunately, we cannot print posters. However, there are a number of printing companies with offices in Palo Alto that you can send a .PDF file to and have them print your poster for you to pick up when you arrive. Most will print within 3-5 days, so it is recommended to arrange printing in advance!

  • Copy Factory - 3929 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Phone: (650) 856-2020.
  • FedEx Office and Print Shop - 249 California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Phone: (650) 328-3381.


For more information about posters or abstracts, please contact Lisa Dunn, Cathy Knotts or Elizabeth Goodwin.