What Is a Symposium Session?
Symposia take place during the Intel ISEF and are sessions that allow teachers, fair directors, and other interested adults the opportunity to present and discuss issues related to science education and the management of science fairs as well as highlight successful practices in education and in scientific & engineering research. Symposia sessions can be a workshop, demonstration, panel discussion, or lecture. A Symposium must be educational in nature and may not directly or indirectly promote a commercially available product or service. Audiences may include any registered fair participant including finalists, student observers, fair directors, teachers, corporate sponsors and professional scientists.
Who Can Present a Symposium Session?
Any individual who is a registered adult fair participant can submit an application for a Symposium session. Additionally, SSP welcomes applications from local science experts and educators. If your organization is interested in promoting a commercially available product or service, please contact Melissa Pewett to discuss exhibiting, presenting a session and/or other potential opportunities.
How Do I Apply?
Complete the online application or get a copy of the interactive application pdf form by downloading it here. Fill out the application completely and submit or fax or email the application to SSP, Attn: June Kee at 202-785-1243 before the deadline of March 16, 2015.
Criteria for Selecting Presenters
When we review your application, we'll be looking for the following:
- Does the application clearly describe the proposed Symposium session?
- Is the information provided complete?
- Is the proposed session of interest to Intel ISEF participants?
- Is the proposed session topic timely/appropriate?
A selection committee will review the entire application to check the completeness of the information provided, but will focus on the100–150 word summary. SSP will not be able to accept every proposal submitted.
Applications that have been accepted will receive a confirmation via email by early April 2015. Please read all the information carefully and contact us immediately with any changes.
Symposia Session Cancellations or Changes
If you need to cancel your session, please do so right away—this may give someone else a chance to present. Once a Symposium session is assigned, we will not be able to make any changes to the schedule.
How Will My Symposium Session Appear in the Program?
Symposium Sessions will be listed in the Intel ISEF program booklet, which will be distributed to each fair participant. Listings will include the time, date, and name of your Symposium session, the intended audience, and a description of your session. This description will be taken from the first page of your application form, and edited if necessary. Please try to describe your session accurately.
What Audiovisual Equipment Will Be Available?
Society for Science & the Public will provide an LCD projector (must provide own laptop,), screen, lectern or podium with microphone for all Symposium Sessions. If your presentation requires audiovisual other than what is provided by SSP, please indicate specifics on the application. We do not provide phone lines, modems, video projectors or computers in the Symposia rooms. Internet access will be available upon request.
If you have any questions or need any additional information, please email June Kee. Applications may be completed online, faxed to Attention: June Kee at (202) 785-1243 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 16, 2015.
Symposium Sessions are an opportunity to share information with students, parents, teachers and faculty, and do not imply endorsement by Society for Science & the Public. No fees have been paid and no endorsement of the sessions is implied.