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2019 Call for Proposals
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Call for proposals for the 2019 SES Conference: Deadline December 12, 2018

 

SES-The Society for Standards Professionals will hold its annual conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 6-9, 2019, with the conference sessions being held on August 7-8. The theme of the 2019 conference is “Standardization: Towards a Better Quality of Life” and will bring together standards professionals from around the world to share experiences and best practices in standards development and conformity assessment. This theme examines how Standardization is progressing the global imperatives of societies, public health and community safety, climate change adaptation, legal and other complex issues and more. Attendees include standards administrators, technical experts who participate in standards development as subject matter experts, standards users, conformity assessment professionals, standards development and publication support organizations, and others who are engaged in standards and conformity assessment.

SES invites experienced speakers – particularly those who have not presented at the SES conference in recent years – to submit proposals for presentations of topics relevant to standardization and standards professionals. Some topics for consideration might include (but are not limited to):

·       Case Studies: Value of Standards 

·       Case Studies: Engaging Stakeholders

·       Innovation and Standardization

·       Training/Competencies of standards and conformity assessment professionals

Submission guidelines   

Presenters are invited to submit proposals for original presentations that have not previously been presented at an SES Conference. Presentations may fit into one of three categories: a 20-minute “traditional” presentation guided by a slide deck, a 20-minute “TED-like” talk (no slides), or a one-hour panel presentation (multiple speakers).   


Submission

Length of presentation

Organization in conference program

Traditional presentation (20-minute presentation with slides, plus Q&A)

· Presenter name

· Presentation title

· 250 word abstract

· Two to three learning objectives that the presentation will deliver

· Summary of prior presentation experience

20 minutes with additional time for questions

Total of 90 minutes for three speakers and a moderated Q&A session

“TED-like” talk (20-minutes without slides, plus Q&A)*

· Presenter name

· Presentation title

· 250 word abstract

· Two to three learning objectives that the presentation will deliver

· Summary of prior presentation experience

20 minutes with additional time for questions

Total of 30 minutes for a single speaker and a Q&A session

Panel session (45-minute presentation with or without slides, plus Q&A: total 60 minutes)

· Panelist names

· Panel title

· 250 word abstract

· Two to three learning objectives that the panel will deliver

· Summary of panelists’ prior speaking experience

45 minutes with 15 minutes for questions

Total of 60 minutes for panel and a moderated Q&A session

 

All abstracts should be well-written and provide a clear indication of the subject matter to be presented and how SES conference attendees will be engaged. Learning objectives should be concise statements about what conference attendees should expect to learn as a result of the presentation.

*Please note that there are limited “TED-like” talk slots available during the conference session. Individuals who submit a proposal for a “TED-like” talk might also be considered for a different session format.

Review process

All submissions will be reviewed by a sub-team of the SES Conference Program Committee with representation from the SES Board of Directors. Selection criteria will include relevance to the SES audience and fit with the overall conference program. Final decisions on acceptance will be made by the chair of the SES Conference Program Committee, with review by the SES Board of Directors.

The deadline for all submissions is December 12, 2018. Proposals should be submitted to the SES Conference Program Committee Chair, Mark Ramlochan, at Mark.Ramlochan@ul.com. Proposers will be notified whether their submissions have been accepted by January 30, 2019.

Terms of agreement

If their proposal is selected for the 2019 SES Conference, presenters will:

  • Confirm their availability to speak during a specified date and time during the conference in the proposed format.
  • Work closely with the SES Conference Program Committee and/or SES Executive Director to meet all deadlines leading up to the conference.
  • Develop a high-quality presentation in the selected format.
  • Avoid promoting a particular service or product via the presentation.
  • Give SES permission to promote the presentation as part of conference marketing, record the presentation, and make any slides developed for the presentation available on the SES website after the conference.

In return, presenters will receive complimentary conference registration for the day of their presentation, plus breakfast and lunch on that day. Please note that SES does not provide travel funding assistance.

Questions?

If you have questions after reading the information provided, you may email Mark.Ramlochan@ul.com.

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