Reminder: WWW8 Call for Panels
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Reminder: WWW8 Call for Panels

WWW8 Call for Panels

The Eighth International World Wide Web Conference 
Toronto, Canada, May 11-14, 1999

Panels represent an opportunity for exploration of current issues and emerging
opportunities. Panels provide an interactive forum that will engage both
panelists and the audience in lively discussion of important and often
controversial issues. 

How to submit a panel to WWW8


Proposals (approx. 1500 words or 5 pages) should be submitted in ASCII or HTML
formats by email. The proposal should explicitly address the issues outlined

* the panel title 
* an abstract 
* the name(s), affiliation(s), and complete mailing address(es) (including
  phone, fax, e-mail) of the proposer(s). 
* the name, biographical information and a position statement or "role" for
  each panelist 
* the name and biographical information of the moderator (if different from
  the proposer) 
* a detailed description of the panel topic and execution, covering the points
  discussed below 

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 must
convince us that you have a good panel design (discussed below). We will give
you instructions for writing the proceedings page(s) if your panel is

Submission E-Mail Addresses:

Michael Bieber 
CIS Department 
New Jersey Institute of Technology 
tel: +1 973 596-2681 

and to 

Carolyn Watters 
Faculty of Computer Science 
Dalhousie University 
tel: 902-494-1430 
fax: 902-494-1570 
Please format your proposal in ASCII or HTML. 

Important dates :

Optional Intent to Submit (enabling feedback) by October 12, 1998 
Proposals should be received by November 1, 1998 
We will respond to submissions by December 15, 1998 

Pre-Submission Feedback

We encourage you to contact the panel chairs by email (or telephone) with
ideas for panels before submitting them, so we have an opportunity to give you
preliminary feedback and suggestions. 

How to design a panel proposal for WWW8

General guidelines:

Proposals must provide the Program Committee with information for determining
which panels will best engage the WWW8 audience. Acceptance relies on several

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. 

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 

How to design a good panel for WWW8

* Panels should raise important issues that will interest the WWW8
* Panels should attract people to the conference, and they should "pull in"
  people at the conference to attend the panel session. It must be enticing: 
  - in terms of content 
  - in terms of the team playing the panel, 
  - in terms of the team leader 
* A panel is a discussion between several characters. Panels should be lively 
  and fun. The issues, panelists and their positions should be
  controversial to raise interest. It also must transmit a clear message. 
* 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. 
* The audience should be encouraged to participate for between 1/3 and 2/3 of 
  the session. 
* A panel is not a set of independent talks about a given topic. 
* 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. 
* When appropriate, we encourage panel organizers to provide a list of
  references, resources, leads, etc., as a handout. 

Rebecca F. Bunch
Foretec Seminars