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San Diego, California, United States
19 - 23 August 2018
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Poster Presentation Guidelines

Congratulations on being accepted as a poster presenter at Optics + Photonics. The poster session maximizes your opportunity to interact with Symposium participants. This year's event includes an outstanding selection of presenters and we look forward to your participation.

Display Area

  • 45 inches x 45 inches (114cm x 114cm). Push pins will be provided to hang your poster.


  • Download poster template (3 size options): 36 x 44 inches, 40 x 44 inches, 44 x 44 inches - NEW (optional)
  • Poster presentations are hard-copy (paper/poster) format only.
  • Posters must fit within the designated display area. 
  • The most successful and attractive posters are graphically produced posters that highlight and summarize the main points, with the poster presenter filling in the details.
  • The entire poster layout should be readable from six to ten feet away.
  • The least effective poster format is a photocopy of the manuscript.

Your Poster Presentation Should Include:

  • The paper title and all authors at the top of the poster
  • A brief introduction, goals, experimental detail, conclusions, and references (make sure this information is presented in a logical and clear sequence)
  • Explanations for graphs, pictures, and tables.

Font Sizes (suggested minimum)

  • Title: 36 point type
  • List of authors: 25 point type
  • Double-spaced text: 15 point type
  • The entire poster layout should be readable from six to ten feet away
  • Be careful in your use of colors, some people are red-green color blind and some colors do not stand out in contrast to others.

New: QR Codes (optional)

  • SPIE is promoting the idea of QR Codes for authors to incorporate into their posters
  • This would allow you to add a 3D barcode readable by smartphones
  • The barcode can be designed to link the person viewing your poster to a related video, your website, or your contact information
  • Please use the following link to assist you with best practices and where you can begin:



  • Poster presenters must set up their posters between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm on the day of their assigned presentation.
  • Paper numbers will be posted on the poster boards in numerical order; please find your paper number and post your poster in the designated space.
  • Presenters who have not placed their papers on their assigned board by 4:30 pm on the day of their presentation will be considered a "no show" and their manuscript will not be published.

Poster Session

  • The presenter is required to stand by the poster during the scheduled poster session to answer questions from attendees
  • Presenters must remove their posters immediately after the poster session
  • Posters not removed will be considered unwanted and will be discarded
  • SPIE assumes no responsibility for posters left up after the end of each poster session.
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Important Author Dates

Abstracts Due
7 February 2018

Acceptance Notification
Sent to Contact Author

16 April 2018

Manuscripts Due
25 July 2018


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