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PVSAT-12: From Clouds to Quantum Dots

Article by Ken Durose, University of Liverpool

It is a privilege to invite and welcome you to Liverpool for the 12th Photovoltaic Science, Application and Technology Conference.

For me, PVSAT's key success is that it covers the whole field and welcomes everyone. You'll find talks, posters and trade stands that explore all aspects of the subject, from fundamental device science all the way through to application and performance - everything from clouds to quantum dots. A special feature of the meeting is the excellent selection of international quality invited speakers - they really set the tone for the conference. This year we will get the latest news and developments on leading technologies, new materials and concepts, basic science and solar PV performance.

PVSAT is also a place to welcome and meet new faces and early career scientists. This is the conference where many UK scientists give their first talk of poster. That is something that they will remember for the rest of their careers and it's always a pleasure to make them feel welcome and part of the community. Once again we will hold our popular workshop on PV device technologies for early career researchers on the day before PVSAT (Tues 5 April). IOt is run by the Supersolar Hub network at a highly subsidised rate and attracts 30-40 attendees - further details may be found here.

Our venue for PVSAT will be the main University of Liverpool campus in the award winning Central Teaching Hub building. The lectures, trade stands and posters will all be close together, and just a few yards from our PV labs in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy. The conference dinner will be held in the rather grand setting of the Athanaeum club in the centre of Liverpool, and this year our after dinner speaker will be actor Robert Llewllyn, a serious proponent of electric vehicles.

Please do book your hotel early! To make it easier, Rob Treharne has reserved options on blocks of rooms in a range of hotels in Liverpool for PVSAT. It's the Grand National later in the week, so please do take advantage of this (visit the site's venue page).

I look forward to welcoming PVSAT to Liverpool - after all it's the conference that does it all and welcomes everyone, rather like the city of Liverpool itself!

Date: Feb. 3, 2016, 10:36 p.m.