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Submission Deadline: January 15, 2020 11:59 pm EST


SES-The Society for Standards Professionals will hold its annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina on August 3-6, 2020. The theme of the 2020 conference is “The Value of Standardization and the Standards Professional” and will bring together standards professionals from around the world to share experiences and best practices in standards development and conformity assessment. Attendees include standards administrators, technical experts who participate in standards development as subject matter experts, standards users, conformity assessment professionals, and standards development and publication support organizations, and others who are engaged in standards and conformity assessment.

For the first time, the 2020 SES Conference will offer two distinct content tracks for a portion of the conference for participants to choose the presentations most valuable to them. The content of one track will be tailored to attendees who wish to engage on topics relevant to emerging professionals, while the other will be relevant to experienced standards professionals. If your proposal aligns with one of these tracks, please make note of this in your submission.

SES invites experienced speakers to submit proposals for presentations of topics relevant to standardization and standards professionals. Some topics for consideration include (but are not limited to):

  • Case Study: Value of Standards
  • Case Studies: Engaging Stakeholders
  • Innovation and Standardization
  • Training/Competencies of standards and conformity assessment professionals
  • Live technology demo (non-commercial)


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, a 20-minute “TED-like” talk (no slides), a one-hour panel presentation (multiple speakers), or a workshop.

 

 Presentation Type Submission Length of Presentation

Organization in

Conference Program

Traditional presentation

(20-minutes 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 May be a stand-alone 20-minute presentation or be part of a 90 minute panel consisting of three speakers and a moderated Q&A session

TED-style “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

Roundtable session

(45-minute open dialogue between speakers without slides, plus Q&A)

  • Roundtable speaker names
  • Session 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 roundtable session

Workshop session

A Workshop should be focused to a smaller audience and achieve a specific objective or deliver a skill that the attendees will have learned by the end of the Workshop

  • Presenter name
  • Presentation title
  • 250-word abstract
  • Two to three learning objectives that the workshop will deliver
  • Summary of prior presentation experience
60 min or 90 min for Workshop 60 min or 90 min for Workshop

 

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 the SES Conference Program Committee. 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.

The deadline for all submissions is January 15, 2020. Proposals should be submitted using the include form. Proposers will be notified whether their submissions have been accepted by January 31, 2020.


Terms of agreement
If their proposal is selected for the 2020 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.org.

 

To Submit a Proposal, please complete the below form: