Poster Awards

In general, posters are a key component of communicating your research and an important element in a successful scientific paper. Poster presentations give the participants the chance to ask and explain fields of their research to small(er) groups and thus yield high-quality information due to closer interaction between each other.

In order to participate in the DPG Summer School “Applied Photonics Poster Award”, each participant is asked to prepare a (scientific) poster presentation of their field of research and/or interest or even contain information about past internships. Applications with posters are favoured and are prioritized. You can however also join the “Applied Photonics Physics School” without a poster.

Students may select their own template to use. Please note that a proper template for a poster has to be used. A PowerPoint presentation cut & pasted on a poster – is unacceptable. Students are encouraged to search for and utilize different types of templates.

They are to be printed independently on a 70cmx100cm size sheet.

Posters must contain the following items: 

  • Name of company / university & logos 
  • Location of internship / scientific work
  • Name of student 
  • Semester(s) or years worked at the internship or scientific work
  • Short description of the work/ research field
  • Abstract
  • 1-2 examples od significant project(s) or work accomplished
    • Title(s)
    • Short summary
    • Use visualized Data (Photographs, Data, Graphics)
  • Share your experience
    • Skills gained
    • Lessons learned
    • Challenges and how you overcome them
    • Does or did your experience influence your goals?

Poster specifications

Tips for creating a poster presentation:

Free PowerPoint templates are also available online at:


  • Attention! You have to have the permission of your internship workplace and/or university before presenting a project or research in order to not violate any license agreements or otherwise lawfully binding contracts!
  • Keep the target audience in mind. Many of these posters will be seen (and rated) by professionals.
  • Be clear and precise in both content as well as presentation.
  • Your poster has to draw attention, but do not use too many flashy graphics or effects – the content, clarity, and readability are important!
  • Remember to check your grammar and spelling.
  • Be concise in your writing and use illustrations.
  • Mind the given poster dimensions. If the submitted poster is too small, it will be expanded during the printing process, which will likely blur everything.