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Menlo Park, CA  8-10 October 2003


Users are invited to submit abstracts highlighting research activities conducted over the past year at SSRL for oral and poster presentations at the Users' Meeting. Please use the abstract submission form via the web.

Poster Session

Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting and will be highlighted during a poster session on Thursday, October 9. The poster session will be located just steps away from the main auditorium and the vendor exhibit area. Users presenting posters must also register for the Users' Meeting. 

Upon registration check-in, each poster will be assigned a poster number (corresponding to easels in the display area). Posters submitted later than September 22 may only be accepted on a space available basis and are not guaranteed inclusion in the program handouts.

Posters will be assigned a 48" x 48" foam board and easel on which diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and a small amount of text may be mounted (see poster preparation tips below). Each author will be expected to remain with his/her poster presentation throughout the poster session on Thursday afternoon. 

Graduate Student Poster Competition:

Graduate students are eligible for and may compete for poster prizes in several scientific categories.

All graduate students who wish to participate in this competition must indicate this on the poster abstract submission form.

Prizes include a monetary award and a ribbon.

The SSRL Users' Executive Committee will judge posters during the poster session reception and will present awards during the on-site meeting dinner, Thursday, October 9.


Posters may be set up as early as 7:45 a.m. and must be set up by 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 9. All authors are expected to remain with their posters for the poster session on Thursday from 2:15-3:40 p.m. Authors are responsible for retrieving their posters no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10. 

Poster Preparation Tips

Poster materials will be displayed on a 48" x 48" white foam board on which diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and a small amount of text may be mounted. Push pins will be provided for mounting materials. No audiovisual equipment is available. Poster authors may make preprints of their papers available to participants. 

Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting, so they should be easily understood in the absence of the author(s). The content of each poster should be clearly divided into sections including introduction, problem definition (or aim of work), work summary, results, and conclusions. 

General guidelines are: 

  1. 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). 
  2. Heading: A heading label including the title, author name(s), and the primary author(s) address should be included. The recommended lettering size is 1-3/16" (3 cm). This should be mounted at the top of the poster board. 
  3. Titles: All figures and tables should be titled. 
  4. Dimensions: The entire size of the poster material(s) is limited to the dimension (48" x 48") of the poster board provided by SSRL. 

Poster Abstract Submission Form

Contact Lisa Dunn at
SSRL, 2575 Sand Hill Rd., MS 99, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: 650-926-2087, FAX: 650-926-3600, E-mail:
for more information