To those of you who attended the 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in Portland Oregon June 5th through 10th my thanks for making the conference highly successful. You presented a great variety of excellent works and made it hard to decide which to attend. Registered attendees can find the conference papers on the web site here.
To those who did not attend I encourage you to view the proceedings when they are available later this year and hope that you will join us in Washington DC in 2017. You can find short summaries of the highlights of the conference here.
Some of the things of note about the conference include the following. Over 1240 people attended the conference this year and over 1000 papers were presented. Sunday was a day of tutorial lectures with a combined attendance of over 345. That evening 200 students enjoyed a fun-filled evening at the PunchBowl Social sponsored by the Electron Device Society of the IEEE. Monday included a reception sponsored by the vendors and Tuesday the Cheery Award Reception celebrated Winner Pierre Verlinden. Plenary talks were given on a wide range of topics and outstanding technical talks were presented in 12 different technical areas. Thursday evening the conference banquet was different, being held at the Timbers soccer stadium. Food, dancing, and a casino provided entertainment for those attending. Bram Hoex received the Young Professional Award and presented an excellent talk on passivation of Si solar cells. All around it was a great conference.
I also want to thank my excellent organizing and program committees for their hard work preparing for and running the meeting. Their efforts made everything run smoothly with fewer issues than any conference I have been involved with previously. It was an outstanding effort.
I look forward to seeing you next year in Washington DC.
IEEE PVSC-43 General Chair