Poster Session

Everyone submitting a poster must

1) Register for the event (registration fee waived for students presenting posters)

2) Submit an abstract

3) Contact Lisa Dunn (ONLY if you are interested in competing for a Joe Wong Poster Award)


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 Wednesday, September 20.  Please also send Lisa Dunn a message if you want to compete for a Joe Wong Poster Award

 The User Science Poster Session will be held on Thursday, September 28 at 5 pm. 

Check in with the registration desk when you arrive for your assigned poster space. Posters cannot exceed a width of 3 feet. Push pins will be provided to display your poster (see poster preparation tips below).

Poster Blitz:

Promote your poster during the poster blitz which will occur at the conclusion of the September 28 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 Ray Sierra before September 20.

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



Plan to set up your poster BEFORE noon on the 28th so that you can take full advantage of the poster session window.

The Poster Session will be held Thursday, September 28th 5-7 pm on the patio of Building 053, Scientific User Support Building (SUSB).

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 before you leave the conference. Presenters are responsible for taking down their posters BEFORE NOON on Friday, September 29. Posters not retrieved by this time will be re-purposed by the facilites or discarded.


Poster Presentation Tips:

The content of each poster should be clearly divided into sections including introduction, experimental aim (or problem definition), work summary, results, and conclusions. Push pins will be provided to display your diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and a small amount of text. POSTERS MAY NOT EXCEED 3 FEET IN WIDTH.  No audiovisual equipment is available.

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 poster material is limited to 36" width.


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.


Click here for the 2016 poster abstracts and winners of the 2016 Joe Wong Poster Award:


  • 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


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