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Important dates:

      Optional intent to submit
(enabling feedback):
      November 1, 1999
      Proposal submission deadline:       December 1, 1999
      Proposer notification:       December 15, 1999

Panels are a vehicle for exploring current issues and emerging opportunities.  They provide an interactive forum that should engage both the panelists and the audience.


Designing a Good Panel for WWW9:

Characteristics of a Good WWW9 Panel:

  • A panel should attract people to the conference, and attract people at the conference.  It should be enticing in terms of its content, its panelists, and its moderator.
  • A panel should be a discussion of important and controversial issues of concern to WWW9 participants, and not a set of independent talks.
  • A panel should:
    • - Generate interest by offering:
      • Controversial panelists with controversial positions.
      • Lively discussion among the panelists and between the panelists and the audience.
    • - Transmit a clear message.
    • - Be fun to attend.

Role and Responsibilities of a WWW9 Panel Moderator:

  • The moderator is responsible for planning, organizing, and leading the panel, and plays a critical role in its success. He or she should:
    • Ensure that panelists are prepared, and that adequate coordination with and among panelists takes place prior to the conference.
    • Limit formal presentations of panelists to brief opening statements.
    • Challenge the panelists with questions.
    • Encourage the audience to participate for from one to two thirds of the session.
    • Not participate as a panelist.
  • The moderator should provide a list of references, resources, leads, etc., as a handout, when appropriate.

Preparing a Good Panel Proposal for WWW9:

Proposals must provide the Program Committee with enough information to determine which panels will best engage the WWW9 audience.  The topic of a panel will be an important consideration in its selection.  However, it is not the only one, and a simple abstract, or set of abstracts, will not suffice.  Since a panel is a team effort, the proposal must also describe the planning and coordination activities that will occur prior to the event and that are vital for its success.

The proposal must convince the program committee that the panel is well designed.  In preparing a proposal, authors should focus on and address the following:

  • The details of the topic
  • The intended audience
  • The take-home message
  • The panel
    • The experience of the moderator and each panelist
    • The function/role of the moderator and each panelist
  • The intended approach to:
    • Coordinating the panelists in advance of the conference
    • Ensuring debate, controversy and, in general, a lively session that will engage the audience

Submitting a Panel Proposal:

Before submitting a proposal, you are encouraged to contact the Panels Chair, Håkon Lie, to discuss your ideas for a panel, and to obtain preliminary feedback and suggestions.

Proposals of approximately 1000 words in length should be submitted in ASCII or HTML formats by e-mail to panels@www9.org and should contain the following information:

  • The panel title
  • An abstract
  • The name(s), affiliation(s), and complete mailing address(es) (including phone, fax, and e-mail) of the proposer(s)
  • The name and a brief biography of the moderator and of each panelist
  • A position statement or "role" for each panelist
  • A detailed description of the panel topic and the approach to planning, coordinating, and ensuring the success of the panel as discussed above

A one- to two-page summary of each panel will be included in the Proceedings of the conference.  If your panel is accepted, you will receive instructions for preparing this summary.

Questions and comments about the panel sessions should be sent to Håkon Lie at panels@www9.org.



Updated: September 16, 1999