ASIS&T 2010 Annual Meeting
 Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 22-27

Types of Submissions

Panels (for 6 Themed Tracks)

Panels are invited on topics that include emerging cutting-edge research and design, analyses of hot or emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, analyses of tools and techniques, and contrasting viewpoints or debates from experts in complementary professional areas. 

Panels usually occupy 90 minutes; 4 to 6 participants (including the moderator) are ideal. Proposals should describe each participantís role in the panel; the panelís moderator should be a good communicator and must have a demonstrated capability in handling this type of activity. Panelists should present differing but interesting or novel viewpoints on the same topic. They should come from a variety of background and affiliations. 

Panels are not a substitute for a set of contributed papers, but must have a cohesive theme and promote lively interaction among panelists and audience members. Creative implementations and interpretations of a panel are especially welcome. Panels may take many forms; here are some suggestions:

Classic Panel: panelists present controversial positions. The final outcome should not be predictable from the outset. A classic panel has a moderator and panelists, who present their positions. The moderator facilitates the discussion and the interchange with the audience.

Technical Panel: one speaker makes a presentation on a specific topic identifying and clarifying the core issues. This is followed by briefer position statements made by panelists who substantiate or address different aspects of the topic. The moderator facilitates the discussion and the interchange with the audience.

Debate: two clear positions are presented and defended by individual debaters. The debate may go two to three rounds before the audience declares a winner and the discussion is opened up to the floor.

Do you have another idea? Please contact the appropriate Track Co-Chairs.

Proposals for panels must include:
a) panel title 

b) organizers (if different from the moderator and presenters)

c) moderator; a short bio should accompany the moderatorís name and affiliation.

d) presenters who have formally agreed to participate; a short bio and one paragraph position statement should accompany each presenterís name and affiliation.

e) topic to be discussed

f) a description of how you plan to use the allotted timeói.e., the panelís format, and your strategy for ensuring discussion among the panelists and with the audience.

g) list of all SIGs who might find this panel of interest; note this is a suggested list; permission is not sought in advance. If the panel is accepted, the Program Committee will consult with the SIGs.

Submit your PDF version to the conference submission site ( by midnight, May 31, 2010 (Hawaii Standard Time). Submit a two to four page proposal that covers each of the areas identified above. 

Panels will be initially reviewed by the Tracks, and a recommendation will be submitted to the Panel Review Committee. 

Panels will be assessed for relevance to ASIST, the anticipated interest in the topic and its timeliness, the degree of controversy and variance in viewpoints represented among the presenters, the quality of the submission, and the fit of the topic with the overall content of the conference (panels may be used to balance the program).

Accepted Panels
Accepted panels will be notified by June 28, 2010. Moderators will have an opportunity to modify and update the description and resubmit by August 2, 2010

Note: The moderator and panelists for each panel should register for the conference by the early registration date. We understand that life is never fully predictable, and substitutions may need to be made. However, the Conference Chairs reserve the right to cancel a panel if it has deviated substantially from the submitted proposal.