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Poster Session

Please submit poster abstracts by October 7th to be included in the program materials. Send abstracts by e-mail to

Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting and will be highlighted during a poster session in the large tent on Monday, October 17th. Users presenting posters must also register for the Users' Meeting. Users presenting posters must also register for the meeting.

Each poster will be assigned a poster number (corresponding to easels in the display area). Posters submitted later than October 7th may only be accepted on a space available basis and will not be included in the program handouts.

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 (see poster preparation tips below). Each author will be expected to remain with his/her poster presentation throughout the poster session on Monday afternoon (2:45-4 pm).

Graduate Student Poster Competition

Graduate students are eligible for and are encouraged to compete for prizes for outstanding posters. All graduate students who wish to participate in this competition must be registered for the users' meeting.

Prizes, which will be awarded in several categories, will include a $100 award and a certificate. Representatives of the SSRL Users' Organization will judge posters during the poster session, and prizes for outstanding posters will be awarded during the on-site meeting dinner on Monday, October 17. The cost of the awards dinner ($15) will waived for graduate students presenting posters.


Posters may be set up as early as 7:30 am and must be set up by 2:30 pm on Monday, October 17. All authors are expected to remain with their posters for the poster session on Monday from 2:45-4 pm. Authors are responsible for retrieving their posters no later than 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 18.

Poster Preparation Tips

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. Diagrams, graphs, data, pictures and a small amount of text may be mounted on a 48" x 48" cork board. Push pins will be provided for mounting materials. No audiovisual equipment is available. Poster authors may make preprints of their 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 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.

Titles: All figures and tables should be titled.

Dimensions: The entire size of the poster material(s) is limited to the dimension (48" x 48") of the poster board provided by SSRL.

More Information

Please contact Lisa Dunn ( for more information.