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Potential sessions for ScienceOnline’10
This is the page to suggest and discuss ideas for sessions. Try to put as much thought into it as possible: suggested title, topic, moderator, target audience, format (demo, workshop, panel, freewheeling discussion), etc.
Ignite talks – 5 minutes long, slides are forwarded automatically every 15 seconds. No Q&A;. Probably Saturday night.
Demos – 12 minutes of show-and-tell (usually using the Web, SecondLife or showing a video, not slides) + 3 minutes for Q&A;.
One Big Talk – 50 minutes + 15 minutes of Q&A;, speaker chosen and invited by organizers. Probably Friday night.
Workshops – 60 minutes. Probably on Friday morning this time around. Expert in front, participants need to prepare in advance, bring laptops if asked to.
Panels – 65 minutes – should be as participatory (inclusive of the audience) as possible.
Sessions – 65 minutes. An unconference format based on the understanding that the sum of the knowledge, wisdom and insight of the people in the room is greater than the knowledge, wisdom and insight of the person who is up on the podium. That person serves mainly as a moderator of the discussion, giving a brief intro, setting the tone, setting the goals and making sure the discussion does not get hijacked or veers off on a tangent. Most or almost all of the sessions at ScienceOnline2010 should be in this format.
Last year we had 33 sessions (about an hour each, mostly unconference-style discussions) and 12 demos (about 15 minutes each). Details may change, but this is the ballpark for next year as well. We’ll have an additional small room upstairs, so we can probably have a few more sessions/demos than last year. One talk, a couple of panels, perhaps. For the explanation of the concept as to how we build and conceive of the Program, read the first half of this post
Similarly to last year, we’ll have a small Early Bird Dinner for guests who arrive early on Thursday night. On Friday, we’ll organize Lab Tours (afternoon) and Food Tours (breakfast or lunch time) for small groups, and perhaps several hands-on workshops in the morning. Then, in the evening, we will have the first event where we all gather in one room to eat & drink, meet & greet and get to know each other, which will also include a talk by an invited speaker. Saturday will be full of sessions and demos all day, ending with a banquet-style event, possibly including an Ignite session (and maybe even a band of scientists/musicians providing musical entertainment). On Sunday, we’ll continue with the main program of sessions for half a day and end the Conference with lunch.
In ’07 we had an education session led by Adnaan Wasey and Leah Winerman, in ’08 a teaching session led by David Warlick, and in ’09 we had three education sessions: for kids (Janet Stemwedel), for middle/high school students (Stacy Baker and 8 students) and college (Andrea Novicki and Brian Switek). How can we follow up on this, expand it, make it better? What special education topics should be covered? What would be most useful for the teachers and kids in the audience?
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