Poster Session

NOTICE:  Due to high winds, the poster session will be moved to the lower 1st floor SUSB patio which will be re-configured after the lunch break. We should be ready for presenters to hang their posters after the 3:10 pm break. We appreciate your patience!

The User Science Poster Session will be held on Thursday, September 26th, 5-7:30 pm on the patio of Building 053, Scientific User Support Building (SUSB).

The poster session and reception provide great opportunities to share your latest advances and results as well as network with colleagues to learn about new capabilities, technology and research results.


The user conference registration fee is waived only for students who registered and submitted their poster abstract BEFORE September 18 AND who present a poster during the poster session.  For everyone else, the $250 registration fee can be paid in advance or upon arrival. Students are encouraged to attend other sessions/workshops and to interact with colleagues from across the broader user community. We have very limited space, but we may be able to accommodate a few additional posters if space allows.

See more information below:

Poster Presentation Guidelines (Posters can be up to 48" x 48")
Poster Blitz (~20 seconds to creatively advertise your poster)
Poster Competition (Prepare ~3 minute summary to WOW the judges)
Poster Session Schedule (9/27 set up before noon; presentations 5-7:30 pm)


Promote your poster during the poster blitz which will occur at the conclusion of the Thursday, September 26 Plenary Session. To participate in the Poster Blitz, contact Bill Schlotter BEFORE SEPTEMBER 18, send a PowerPoint slide, and prepare a  ~20 second pitch to advertise your poster. Keep technical jargon to a minimum – past blitz presenters have incorporated art, cartoons, illustrations, singing, dancing, and poetry* (see Alexey Boubnov's poem), so BE CREATIVE!


Thursday morning: Check in with the registration desk when you arrive for your assigned poster space. Set up your poster BEFORE noon on Thursday, September 26.  NOTE: Your space may be re-assigned if you have not checked-in and hung up your poster before noon.

Thursday afternoon:  Poster competition participants should arrive at 4:45 pm and plan to staff poster 5-7 pm. The poster session and reception will continue until 7:30 to include time to mingle and check out other posters. Awards should be presented before 7:30 pm.

Thursday evening / Friday morning: Please retrieve your posters before you leave. Posters not retrieved by 8 am on Friday will be re-purposed by the facilites or discarded.


  • Register and submit poster abstracts by the posted deadline
  • Organize posters into clearly divided sections, including:
    • Introduction
    • Experimental Aim (or problem definition)
    • Experimental Methods (clearly describe how use of the lightsource facilities contributed to the research, if applicable) 
    • Summary of Results
    • Conclusions
  • Poster recommendations 
    • 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 - Provide a heading at the top of your poster that includes the title, author name(s), and the address of the primary presenter/author(s). The recommended lettering size is 1-3/16" (3 cm). 
    • Titles - Include titles and labels on all figures and tables. 
    • Dimensions - up to 48" x 48" (4 FT).
  • Upload poster PDF 
  • Consider participating in the Poser Blitz to advertise your poster - be creative!
  • Display your poster before noon and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the poster session begins
  • Practice and be prepared to give a concise summary of your poster during the poster session 

Push pins will be provided to display your diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and a small amount of text.  No audiovisual equipment is available.


The Poster Awards are established to promote multi-disciplinary interactions among the lightsource user community, to recognize the best poster presentations at the Annual Users' Conference, and specifically to help students in preparing for their science careers.

  • The poster awards are open to users of both the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) and the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) based on research results from either facility.
  • Up to 3 awards will be given to the most exciting, novel and compelling science which utilized either SSRL or LCLS as presented during the poster session.
  • The poster competition will be judged by a panel comprised of the Users' Conference Organizing Committee, SSRL Users' Executive Committee (SSRL UEC), LCLS Users' Executive Committee (LCLS UEC), and help from SSRL/LCLS scientists to ensure that broad research areas are covered.
  • Judges may develop their own criteria, but in general it will consist of asking poster presenters to give a concise (3-4 minute) summary to the judges. Judges may select a small group of ‘finalists’ that will be asked to also present to the other judges, typically for a shorter time. 
  • Awards will be announced at the conclusion of the poster session (certificates will be provided at a later date).


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.

SSRL scientists, postdocs and students should contact Michelle Steger or Jen Hostetler for poster printing options.


* Thank you to Alexey Boubnov for sharing his contribution to the 2018 Poster Blitz:

I’m measuring a spectrum of a catalyst
It’s novel with a promising performance
With single active atoms of iridium
Supported on a metal oxide surface

But how should I interpret it?
There’s no way I can bluff
There’s carbonyls and oxygens
and other magic stuff!

I’m used to simple compounds
That I can quickly purchase
But nothing that’s available
Is quite about as complex

But as of now my dreams are coming true
The code FEFF9 is there at my disposal
I draw the molecule I need on the computer
To have the structure that it is supposed to

For each submitted job out comes a spectrum
A secret I will share with you my friends
Just calculate your spectra using FEFF-code
You work is guaranteed to lead the trend.

Alexey Boubnov ©2018

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