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Office of Science User Facilities

Poster Session


Poster abstracts are solicited in all areas of research related to current synchrotron, nanoscience, and electron microscopy techniques. Posters will be accepted subject to available space; the organizing committee reserves the right to institute a selection process. DEADLINE EXTENDED: Abstracts are due April 13, 2018 (12 noon Central Time).

The poster session will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Theory and Computing Sciences Building (TCS), Bldg. 240, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Posters must be on display by 4:00 pm.

  • Shuttle service will be available for poster setup between the APS, the Guest House, and TCS Bldg. 240 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

  • Shuttle service to and from the poster session will be provided between the APS Conference Center, the Guest House, and the TCS building between 5:00 pm and 8:30 pm on the night of the event.

Speed Science Slam for 2018!

Are you a post doc or young investigator or early career scientist?

Will you be presenting a poster at the Poster Session Tuesday, May 8?

If you answered "yes,"  how about signing up for Speed Science Slam or S3, which will take place Monday morning during the combined plenary session! The user organizations of the CNM and the APS will select users to give ~4-minute "speed" talks on the science they'll be presenting at the Poster Session!

Here's your chance to get your science out there to all the meeting attendees: are you interested in being considered for a spin in the spot light? You must have your poster abstract submitted by April 1!


Undergraduate and graduate student users of either the CNM or the APS from non-local educational institutions may apply for financial support up to $500 per student to cover travel-related expenses (transportation and lodging).

Travel award recipients will be selected by the user organizations of the APS and CNM. If selected, be aware you must provide original receipts for any/all travel expenses.

Apply for student travel support in the on-line registration form! DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION FOR TRAVEL SUPPORT IS APRIL 1, 2018.



The APS/CNM Users Meeting offers two great opportunities for students to gain special recognition for their work at Argonne's user facilities.

  1. Student Invited Talks: Students may choose to have their poster abstract considered for conversion to an invited brief talk during an appropriate plenary session. The award includes free meeting registration and a ticket to the banquet. Winners may present a poster in addition to the talk, if they wish, but they will not be eligible for poster prizes. Candidates must submit a CV via their RegOnline registration record.
  2. Student Poster Prizes: All student posters (except those selected for talks) will be considered for $100 cash prizes. Winners will be recognized at an appropriate session during the meeting. Each facility will award prizes.


Abstract Preparation

Follow the format shown in this sample. In your abstract, use references and footnotes only if absolutely necessary. To incorporate references, use numbers in brackets, e.g., [1], within the text of the abstract. Footnotes should be indicated by using asterisks (e.g., *, **). Place references after footnotes at the end of the abstract body. Graphics cannot be included in the program book

Abstract Submission

You will upload your abstract file(s) though your RegOnline registration record. You don't have to upload your abstract when you register for the meeting; it can be done later. You can access your RegOnline registration record any time using your password. You can upload your abstract at any time until the deadline given at the top of this page.

Please note: If you are an Argonne author, you need to follow Argonne procedures before submitting your abstract. Non-Argonne authors do not need to complete publication release forms.

When you submit an abstract for the poster session, you will be asked to provide the following information in your RegOnline record:

  • Abstract title
  • Primary author last name
  • Facility (APS or CNM)
  • Scientific category (select from a pull-down menu)

An upload dialog box will offer a browse and upload sequence. File formats accepted are Word and PDF.  Be sure to click the "Upload" button to complete the process!

If you are an invited speaker, you will be asked for a working title for your talk and will be given a pull-down menu listing all the workshops and plenary sessions (to identify the event with which the abstract is associated).

If you are a student and you have indicated that you wish to participate in the invited student talk competition, you will also be given a button to upload a CV.

Poster Preparation

Use of symbols and Greek letters — Submissions over the web can sometimes lose formatting. If your abstract contains symbols, Greek letters, or superscripts and subscripts, please upload a PDF document.

Space — You will be provided with both push pins and Velcro and a poster board space measuring 1.22 meters high x 1.22 meters wide (4 feet high x 4 feet wide).

Legibility — The poster should be readable from a distance of 2 m (6.6 ft.). Text and figure lettering height should be no less than 1 cm (0.4 in.).

Heading and titles — The header should include the poster title, author's name(s), and address of primary author. The recommended height for title lettering is 3 cm (1.2 in.). The maximum heading size is 20 x 122 cm (3 x 48 in.). All figures and tables should be titled. The sizes, format, and number of pieces to include are left to your discretion.

Argonne authors — See details on Visual Identity & Communication Standards (available from Inside Argonne only).

When You Arrive

Display — Your poster must be on display by 4:00 pm on the day of the poster session. You can put your poster up any time after 12:00 noon. Shuttle service will be available between the APS, the Guest House, and Bldg. 240 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. Your poster will be assigned a number; please check the list on display at the poster area. Mount your poster on the board labeled with that number.

Removal — Please remove your poster at the conclusion of the poster session. Posters not removed will be discarded.

For Argonne Authors


For any questions related to poster abstracts, please contact Connie Vanni, APS User Office,