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Poster Presenter Information

Congratulations on being chosen to present a poster at the IEEE 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 presentations make it possible for a large number of important developments in the field of photovoltaics to be shared. In addition, the poster sessions allow authors the opportunity to interact personally with the attendees, network with interested parties, and discuss research results at a level of detail that cannot be approached within the formal questions following an oral presentation.
 As a Poster Presenter, the following outlines your responsibilities:

  • Manuscripts are required for all poster presentations in Areas 1-12. Be sure to upload your manuscript (Manuscript Instruction), following the guidelines on the PVSC website, by June 3, 2019 to be included in the conference proceeding volumes.
  • Electronically sign the Copyright form.
  • 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). Please make sure the poster fits within the allowed display area. 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. 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.
  • IMPORTANT- Due to space limitations posters will be divided into two groups and posters should be mounted/removed per the below schedule:
    • Group A (Mon & Tues Posters): Mount Monday by 12:00 PM / Remove Tuesday by 5:30 PM
    • Group B (Wed & Thur Posters): Mount Wednesday by 11:00 AM / Remove Thursday by 5:30 PM
    • Any posters not removed on time will be removed and discarded.
  • Present your poster in person at the designed time.  The posters will be displayed in the exhibit hall. Poster boards will be arranged with letters designating each aisle and numbers indicating poster position within the 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 before your poster session time. The poster registration desk will be located in the exhibit hall near the front of the poster area and will be open for registration up to 30 minutes before every session. If you do not check in, your poster will be recorded as not presented and your manuscript will not be published.

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 Printing Service

  • Posters will be printed and shipped to the conference venue and can be picked up at the registration desk.
  • Posters for this conference are 42 inches wide x 40 inches high.
  • Click here to download a PowerPoint template.
  • The cost of each print is indicated in the table to the right. No posters will be accepted after June 12.
  • All posters are printed on glossy photographic quality paper at a resolution of 600 DPI.
  • To begin, log into your abstract submission account and click on poster printing.
Poster Printing Cost
Before June 1 59 USD
June 2 - June 8 69 USD
June 9 - June 12 89 USD
After June 12 Closed
Service includes printing and shipping.

File Upload Requirements and Recommendations

  • Please set your file/page size to 42 inches wide x 40 inches high to ensure the proper aspect ratio.
  • All files should be uploaded in Acrobat (.PDF) format.
  • Your file must have an "extension" that identifies the file type.
  • Files larger than 100 MB are too large to upload.
  • Be sure to view your poster at a magnification of at least 150% to ensure the quality of all images/charts/graphics.
  • An instant online preview will not be available but we will check over your file before we print it to make sure it looks correct. If you'd like a proof emailed to you simply make a note in the Special Instructions Box when adding your item to the cart. Please keep in mind this may delay the printing of your file.
  • If you have any special requirements for framing, trimming, or size, let us know in the Special Instructions Box when adding your item to the cart.



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.