Latsis Symposium on Earth-Abundant Materials for Future Photovoltaics

22-24 June 2022

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Lausanne, Switzerland

Solar energy has the potential to play a central role in the future global energy system. However, in order to meet the global energy demand, innovative photovoltaic (PV) technologies exploiting novel materials and solar cell architectures must be developed.  These need to go beyond crystalline-Si (c-Si),  thin-film CdTe and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) based devices, which currently dominate the PV market.

SeeFuturePV symposium aims to bring together leading experts in the materials science and photovoltaics field to discuss fundamental and applied aspects of materials suitable for earth abundant solar energy production.

The symposium should provide a platform for researchers working on all stages of development of earth-abundant and newly emerging materials for thin film PV, including both experimental and theoretical/computational approaches. The main focus will be on presenting recent and on-going research leading to improved understanding of materials and devices and exploring new directions for more efficient production of solar cells based on earth-abundant materials.

Hybrid Form

SeeFuturePV will be organised in a hybrid form with possibility of onsite and online participation. The onsite participation will be limited to 200 participants.


SeeFuturePV welcomes oral and poster contributions on various topics. Please look at the Important deadlines and Abstract sections for more information.

Selected works will be published in Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells journal (Elsevier, Impact factor: 6.9). The selected authors will be notified along with the decision of their abstracts. 

A demonstration of the beauty of light, and how light from the sun can be used to generate the entire energy need of our society. With lasers, rainbows, satellites, solar panels, atomic building blocks, the periodic table of the elements, and a movie of the nanoworld. Followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

Climate change is one of the greatest existential threats facing society and we urgently need to scale up solar energy technology, however solar currently accounts for only a tiny fraction (less than 1%) of global energy generation. In this talk I will discuss how we can bridge this divide, I’ll reflect on the role of scientists in confronting climate change, and contextualize how my own path into a science career intersects with this story.

Topics will span from insights into basic materials science, to analysis of device properties and new device structures, to discussions of the progress in synthesis methods and growth control, and to life cycle assessment, recyclability and end-of-life management. All materials layers of importance for solar cell devices will be addressed, such as absorbers, transparent conductors, interface layers, buffers and other components of thin film PV. Materials will include, but will not be limited to: sulfides/selenides (Cu2S, WSe2, Sn(S,Se), FeS2, Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4), nitrides (Zn(Ge, Si,Sn)N2, Cu3N) phosphides (ZnSnP2, Zn3P2), oxides (ZnVO, ZnSnO, Cu2O), and related multinary compounds. 

– Emerging earth abundant materials and nanomaterials for solar cell absorbers

– Absorber preparation and material properties

– Novel materials and innovations for transparent conducting electrodes

– Computational design for earth abundant PV materials and devices

– Defect analysis of materials

– Novel solar cell architectures, device characterization and modeling

– Contacts, buffers, substrates and interfaces properties

– Life cycle assessment and recyclability of new PV materials

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA

Uppsala University (UU), Sweden

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany

University of Jena, Germany

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany

Imperial Collage London, United Kingdom

Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA

University of New South Wales, Australia

Kyoto University, Japan

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), Spain

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Swiss Federal Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland

Imperial Collage London (ICL), UK

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain

Lehigh University (LU), USA

University of New South Wales (UNSW), USA

Kyoto University, Japan

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (AMOLF), Netherlands

Uppsala University, Sweden

Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB), Germany

University of Houston (UH), USA

Swiss Federal Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland

Abstract submission opens: 1st of March 2022

Abstract submission closes: 20th of April 2022

Registration opens: 1st of April 2022

Abstract Length is limited to 500 words. Additionally, the authors will need to upload one relevant  figure illustrating or supporting their work. 

All abstracts must be submitted via the ExOrdo website. Please follow the step-by-step instructions on the template, making sure that all relevant information is included. After submitting your abstract, please use your Control ID number in all future communications with SeeFuturePV.

Papers will be selected by the scientific committee of the SeeFuturePV symposium.

Conference language is english.

A selection of full length papers will be published as a special issue in the Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells. The scientific committee will make a decision on the selected papers, and the authors will be notified along the acceptance of their abstracts. The papers submitted to SolMat will undergo regular peer-review process. 

Abstract submission:

Abstract submission deadline is 22nd of April 2022.

Registration fees for on-site participation:

Students (including PhD): 300 CHF

Others: 400 CHF

Registration fees for online participation: 50 CHF

Travel Grant recipients and Invited Speakers do not need to register. 

Online registration link:

SeeFuturePV will offer 10 Travel Grants to Young Scientists for participation in the conference. These will include waving of the registration fee and payment for the accommodation costs.

PhD students and Postdocs are welcome to apply!

Interested applicants should send a motivation letter (1 page max) and their CV to [email protected] .

The decision on the Travel Grants will be communicated to the applicants by the end of April, along with the decision on their abstract submissions.

Update: The SeeFuturePV conference has awarded 14 Travel Grants to promising young scientists!

To further promote young scientists, SeeFuturePV will give 3 awards at the end of the symposium:

1 Award for the Best Oral Presentation (500 CHF) and

2 Awards for the Best Poster Presentation (500 CHF each)

EPFL campus, Lausanne, Switzerland


The conference will take place at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. The city is on the shore of Lake Leman, with a beautiful view of the Alps.


Lausanne is located in Western Switzerland, in the center of Europe, and is easily reachable by international air connections, train or car.

The closest International Airports to Lausanne are Geneva International Aiport (Genève-Cointrin, GVA) and Zürich International Airport (ZRH).

Other International Aiports include  Basel, EuroAirport Basel International Airport (BSL). 

More information on how to reach EPFL could be found here

Train tickets can be purchased at any train station, or online on the website of the Swiss Federal Railways.

Special offers for international guests include the SwissTravelPass, which allows you to travel by public transport in Switzerland during a chosen period of consecutive days for a flat rate.

To plan your journey, and find all train and local connections, please visit: 


Two hotels are conveniently close to the EPFL campus:

Starling Hotel Lausanne and SwissTech Hotel

Visa Requirements for Travel to Switzerland

Travel to Switzerland might be subject to visa application depending on citizenship.

Please visit the official website of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to determine, whether you will require a visa to Switzerland.

Invitation Letter

If you require an invitation letter for your visa application, please request the invitation letter by email to the Symposium Organisers and indicate your full name, affiliation, address, phone number and email address. Please also send us:

  • The registration Confirmation Details
  • Payment Proof
  • Passport Scan Copy

Rules of entry into Switzerland :


Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Bâtiment MXC

CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

Email: [email protected]

[email protected]

Organisational support: Monika Salas Tesar ([email protected])