Poster Competition

Rosenfeld Symposium 2019

Energy-Efficient and Grid-Interactive Buildings

April 23, 2019

Students and early career researchers are invited to enter a poster competition.

Top 30 participate in the Symposium poster session and receive free registration to attend the Symposium sessions

Top five finalists present a five-minute talk on stage and receive travel reimbursement

Call for abstracts closes at midnight, January 21, 2019 (deadline extended!)

The 2019 Rosenfeld Symposium, hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is soliciting outstanding posters showcasing technologies and policies related to energy-efficient and grid-interactive buildings. The poster session is an opportunity for student and early-career researchers to participate in networking at the Rosenfeld Symposium while sharing their research. Poster abstracts are due no later than January 15.


A committee with broad expertise will select the most compelling poster abstract submissions for participation in the poster session at the Symposium. A panel of experts will then select the top five posters who will be invited to present a lightning-round talk on the day of the Symposium. Notifications of selection decisions will be sent by February 7.


  • The competition is open to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and early-career researchers within five years of their most recent degree.
  • The poster presenter must be currently undertaking the research project presented, and only one presenter may attend the symposium per poster.
  • Entrants must be able to attend the full symposium on April 23, 2019 in Berkeley, California, to present their work in person.


  • The presentation topic must relate to energy-efficient and grid-interactive buildings and can be in any of the following areas:
      • Building Technologies (electrical, controls, façades, wind energy, rooftop electric, thermal and electric storage systems)
      • End Uses (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), lighting, appliances, refrigeration, water heating)
      • Grid Integration and Demand Response (communications, control strategies, valuation methods)
      • Design and Operational Systems (smart buildings, design tools and methods, commissioning and operation tools and practices, net zero energy systems, Internet of Things, big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity)
      • Policy and Economics (codes and standards, market analyses, integration of emerging technologies, smart grid)
      • Business models and utility engagement (financing, energy efficiency program design, cost-effective solutions, integrating new and emerging measures)
      • Other, but related to energy-efficient and grid-interactive buildings.
  • The research should be well underway, with at least preliminary findings and must be original work.
  • If selected, we will request a poster PDF, which should be no larger than 48" x 36" in either orientation (horizontal or vertical). Presenters are responsible for printing and bringing their (unmounted) posters to the symposium.


  • Complete the online application form, which requests:
      1. A 1-minute audio file of you describing your research. The selection committee is seeking applicants who show enthusiasm for their research and can present their work in a succinct and compelling manner.
      2. A description of your research in 300 words or less, which includes:
          • Problem statement
          • Research approach
          • Results/conclusions
          • Implications and broader significance of research results and/or conclusions
  • Finalists upload a digital version of their poster when requested.


January 15 - Application period closes at midnight: complete the online application form and upload your audio file.

February 7-11 - All applicants receive notification of selection decision, and finalists requested to send electronic version of poster.

March 22 - Top five finalists notified and invited to prepare a 5-minute talk on their research.

April 8 - If finalists wish to have their posters available in our electronic program or website, send a PDF of poster by April 8 to (include finalist name in the filename. In the email specify the title of the poster, and if a demonstration item will accompany the poster, include a 5-10 word title).

April 23 - All selected poster presenters attend the symposium all day and present their poster, and lightning-round talk, if invited to do so.


Judging of all posters will consider:

    • Clarity of the research question being addressed
    • Impact and quality of research:
        • Extent to which research addresses a critical gap in building science
        • Research methods
        • Presentation of results
        • Implications and broader significance of results and/or conclusions
    • Potential for transformative solutions