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ALS users, staff, postdocs, and students are invited to participate in the general poster session or student poster competition at this year's ALS User Meeting on Day 1, following the conclusion of the plenary session. The poster board size is 4 ft wide by 4 ft tall (1.2 m square); push pins will be provided.

Topic areas for posters (to be selected when submitting poster):

  • Energy Science
  • Bioscience
  • Materials/Condensed Matter
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Geoscience/Environment
  • Applied Science/Techniques


General Poster Session


Anyone wishing to participate in the general poster session need only submit the following information when registering (no abstract is required!):

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Poster title
  • Topic area (see above)


Student Poster Competition: Neville Smith Student Poster Award


Neville Smith was the Scientific Director for the ALS from 1994 until his death in 2006. He was known not only for his scientific expertise, particularly in photoemission spectroscopy, but also for his wicked wit. As a great supporter of young scientists, his contribution is acknowledged by the naming of the Student Poster Award in his honor, beginning in 2014. The winner is selected during the poster session on Day 1 of the meeting.

Winners of the student poster competition will receive cash awards. Abstracts are required. They should be short (200 words or less) and may be submitted when registering by uploading a PDF file.

As part of the competition, students are asked to participate in a "Poster Slam"—a one-minute/one-slide oral preview of their poster just prior to the poster session/reception.

The winner of the student poster session will also present a 20-minute talk about their work during the awards talks on Day 2 (see last year's winners here: 2013 User Meeting Awards).