Poster Presenters

Congratulations on being chosen to present a poster at the 38th PVSC! Poster sessions are critical to the success of the conference, contributing to both the breadth and the depth of coverage in photovoltaic technology. Poster papers make it possible for a large number of important developments in the field of photovoltaics to be presented. In addition, the poster sessions allow authors the opportunity to personally interact and network with interested parties, and discuss research results at a level of detail that cannot be approached in formal questions following an oral presentation.

As a Poster Presenter, the following lists your responsibilities:

  • Manuscripts are required for all poster presentations in Areas 1-9. Manuscripts are accepted for poster presentations in Area 10, but are not required.  Be sure to upload your manuscript (Manuscript Instruction), following the guidelines on the PVSC website, by May 21, 2012.  We value ALL your contributions and expect each to be represented in the Proceedings.
  • Electronically sign the Copyright form and BRING A COPY WITH YOU
  • Prepare your poster following the guidelines below: 
    • Poster Size - The area available for the poster is limited to a rectangle 40 inches tall by 42 inches wide (101 cm by 106 cm). THE POSTER CHAIR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TRIM ANY POSTERS LARGER THAN THE ALLOCATED SIZE TO THE ALLOCATED SIZE!!! Tables in front of poster boards are PROHIBITED.
    • Poster Format - Poster materials must be legible from a distance of two meters. Lettering in text and figures should be at least 5 mm, and the headings should be at least 10 mm. The title of the paper, the authors, and their affiliations should appear near the top of the poster in letters approximately 25 mm high.
    • Poster Mounting - The surface of the mounting board is pushpin friendly. Posters must be mounted to the boards with pushpins. Push pins will NOT be available at the conference; you must bring your own. We also recommend that you attach an envelope near the bottom of the poster for people to leave business cards for reprints, etc. Please do not leave reprints of the paper on the floor.
  • Poster boards will be available when the Posters/Exhibits Hall opens on Monday, June 4, 2012, prior to the first poster sessions, which begins on Monday afternoon. The posters will remain on display for most of the week, through the morning poster sessions on Thursday. Posters must be removed from the poster boards by 3:00 PM on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Any posters not removed on time will be removed and discarded.
  • Present your poster in person at the designed time.  The posters will all be displayed in the exhibit hall.  All posters will be displayed from Monday through Thursday. Poster boards will be arranged with letters designating each aisle and numbered poster position on each aisle. Specific locations for your poster will be available on this website in June.
    • Poster Check-in: You are required to check-in at the poster registration desk immediately before your poster session time. The poster registration desk will be located in the exhibit hall near the front of the poster area. If you do not check in, your poster will be recorded as not presented and your manuscript will not be published.
  • Please be sure to attend the Author’s Breakfast on the morning of (each of) your presentation(s) for instructions, to meet your session chair, and to be sure all your materials have uploaded correctly. Author’s Breakfast will be at 7:00 a.m.

REMEMBER: No Paper, No Podium

If your manuscript has not been uploaded, you will not be allowed to present your poster.  If you (or a co-author) do not check-in at the poster registration and present your poster in person, the manuscript will not be included in the proceedings.

Be sure to check the online program to confirm your poster session time and length.


Poster Awards

As a poster presenter, you are automatically eligible to win the Best Poster Award. The posters will be reviewed in three stages:

  1. Prior to the conference: Poster session chairs will familiarize themselves with the poster content and review technical content.
  2. After the posters are hung: Poster session chairs will select the top three to four posters as finalists for best poster; a star will be placed on these posters to indicate their selection.
  3. During the poster session: The session chairs will listen to the poster presenter’s summary.

The poster session chairs will judge the posters based on Clarity of PresentationTechnical MeritImpact and Oral Presentation. These categories are described in more detail below. One winner will be selected at every poster session and the winner will receive a certificate.

Poster Reviewing Criteria

Clarity of Presentation

  • Organized to guide observer through information in a logical order; provides the motivation/objectives and approach of the research, summarizes the key results and highlights the impact of the work.
  • Proper use of graphics, figures, text and white space to allow for easy viewing.
  • Proper text scaling for comfortable viewing.
  • Efficient use of graphics to convey complex information.

Technical Merit

  • Research is novel (e.g., discusses novel material development, novel device design, novel conversion mechanism, novel theoretical approach, novel characterization method, etc.).
  • Research addresses a critical gap in PV technology.
  • Systematic analysis conducted to arrive at results.
  • Conclusions are fully supported by data.


  • Results represent a significant advancement over the current status of the field or provide a critical breakthrough that will allow such advancement.

Oral Presentation

  • An organized and concise summary of the work is presented, emphasizing the motivation/objectives, approach, key results, and impact of findings.
  • Presenter is knowledgeable in all aspects of poster and able to address specific questions about the presented research.
  • Presenter understands the broader impact of the work and can suggest potential methods for extending the research.