WWW2004 Call for Panels
The WWW conferences are well known for the quality of the
panels. Panels represent an opportunity for exploration of current issues and
emerging opportunities. They provide an interactive forum that will engage both
panelists and the audience in lively discussion of important and often
controversial issues. Suggested topics
are listed here but we are open to any suggestions. Our main aim is that the
panels should be fun: lively, interactive, informative and relevant. The issues, panelists and their positions
should be controversial to raise interest. It also must transmit a clear
A successful panel has three main components: a topic, a
format and the panelists. A panel is a team effort. Thus, while its topic is
important, good coordination, execution and management are vital for success. A
simple abstract or set of abstracts is not sufficient.
Suggested topics for panels include:
Pushing the boundaries of the Web
The Grid and Web Services
Web standards: de-facto vs de-jure
Commercialism of the Web — good or bad?
Semantics — Is it emerging? Where? How? What's next?
Cultural Heritage on the Web — What's needed? Is it working?
Privacy vs Freedom on the Web
Suggested formats for panels include: a balloon debate,
role-playing or game-playing.
You might forbid the use of visual supports, ask people give
two minute position statements without slides, make each panelist use an analogy
or bring a prop. We would like to avoid formats where panelists will be tempted
to give impromptu paper presentations leaving little time for discussion.
A panel is a discussion between several characters.
Panelists should naturally be experts in their topic but must also be lively
and controversial. Choose a mix of panelists that don't all told the same
How to submit a panel to WWW2004
Proposals (approx. 1500 words or 5 pages) should be
submitted in ASCII or HTML formats by email to the Panels Committee at email@example.com.
Information that must be included:
Name(s), affiliation(s), and complete mailing address(es)
(including phone, fax, e-mail) of the proposer(s).
Name, biographical information and a position statement or
"role" for each panelist
Name and biographical information of the moderator (if
different from the proposer)
detailed description of the panel topic and execution, covering the points
length (preferably 90 minutes)
A 1-2 page panel description will be included in the
proceedings, but this will be quite different from the panel proposal
submission. The panel proposal should convince us that you have a good panel
design. We will give you instructions for writing the proceedings page(s) if your
panel is accepted.
The Panels Committee will be pleased to give
feedback to your ideas for panels before you submit them. Final proposals
should be sent to the Panels Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Panels Committee
||Lloyd Rutledge, CWI, The Netherlands
|Panels Deputy Chair:
||Mary Ellen Zurko, IBM, USA
||Steven Pemberton, W3C, The Netherlands
|Patrick Schmitz, Ludicrum Enterprises, USA
|Harald Weinreich, University of Hamburg, Germany
|Ronny Lempel, IBM Research Labs, Israel
Important dates :
Optional Intent to Submit (enabling feedback) by November 1,
Proposals should be received by November 14, 2003
We will respond to submissions by January 31, 2004
How to design a panel proposal for WWW2004
Proposals must provide the Program Committee with
information for determining which panels will best engage the WWW2004 audience.
Acceptance depends on several factors.
Panels should raise important issues that will interest the
WWW2004 participants. They should attract people to the conference, and they
should "pull in" people at the conference to attend the panel
Some important points to focus on:
the intended audience
the detailed topic
the take-home message of the panel
the team comprising the panel, focusing on the experience and
the function/role of the moderator and each panelist
intended coordination of the panelists in preparation for the
panel in advance of the conference
your approach to ensuring debate, controversy and, in general,
a lively session that will engage the audience
The moderator plays a very important role, and is
responsible, as a conductor, for the overall structure. The moderator should
challenge the participants with questions after the (short) opening statements
from each. The moderator should not participate as a panelist. To be a success,
panels rely on strong preparation and coordination between the moderator and
the participants. This coordination must take place before the conference.
A panel is not a set of independent talks about a given topic. The audience should be encouraged to
participate for between 1/3 and 2/3 of the session.
When appropriate, we encourage panel organizers to provide a
list of references, resources, leads, etc., as a handout.
Panels from Previous WWW Conferences
- WWW10 (2001)
- WWW9 (2000)
- WWW8 (1999)