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Call for Session Proposals: SciDataCon 2018

Call for Session Proposals: SciDataCon 2018

Proposals are invited for sessions at SciDataCon 2018: The Digital Frontiers of Global Science. SciDataCon 2018 will take place as an integrated part of International Data Week, 5–8 November 2018 [NEW DATE], in Gaborone, Botswana. Session proposals should be made via:
The (extended) deadline for proposals is midnight UTC on 19 February 2018.

If you have not already done so, you will need to create an account on the SciDataCon website. This is not, of course, the same as registering for the conference, which will be available in due course through the International Data Week website:

Proposing a Session

Please consider the following issues when making your proposal for a SciDataCon 2018 session.

  • Sessions will be 90 minutes in duration.
  • Sessions should correspond to one or more of the conference themes outlined here. Proposals should indicate which theme(s) the session addresses.
  • Session proposals should indicate the format and ‘type’ of the session: see the Session Types on the SciDataCon website for information about the different formats of sessions that are invited.
  • The proposed session structure should allow sufficient time for interaction and discussion with participants and audience.

Your proposal should:

  • Provide a clear description of the approach and structure of the session.
  • Explain the significance of the research questions to be tackled in the session.
  • Provide as much information as possible about proposed speakers and the subject of their papers.
  • Indicate clearly the format of the session;
  • Indicate clearly which conference theme or themes will be addressed.
  • Be no shorter than 300 words and no longer than 600 words.

Next Steps and Timescales

  • Selected sessions will be notified by 28 February 2018.
  • The Call for Sessions will be followed by a general Call for Papers that will open on 28 February 2018 with a deadline of midnight UTC on 30 April 2018.
  • The Call for Papers will invite:
    • Papers specifically for sessions approved from the current call.
    • Papers submitted independent of approved sessions, which—if selected—will be organized into thematic sessions by the conference committee.
  • All speakers wishing to present research papers, practice papers, posters, and panel contributions—whether identified in session proposals or not—will be required to submit abstracts by midnight UTC on 30 April 2016.
  • It is the responsibility of the organizers of accepted sessions to ensure that invited speakers for their sessions submit abstracts for their contributions by the above deadline.
  • The International Scientific Programme Committee may allocate paper(s) from the general Call for Papers to a session, if appropriate, and with the agreement of the session organizers.
  • Selected papers will be notified by 31 May 2018, when we hope also to publish an outline programme.

Summary of Key Dates

  1. Deadline for session proposals is 2 February 2017.
  2. Selected sessions will be notified by 28 February 2018.
  3. Call for Papers will be released on approximately 28 February 2018.
  4. Deadline for abstracts submission is 30 April 2018
  5. Target for confirmation of accepted abstracts is 31 May 2018.