A minisymposium consists of four 25-minute presentations, with an additional five minutes for discussion after each presentation.
It is recommended that the first presentation is given by the organizer of the minisymposium. Prospective minisymposium organizers should submit a proposal for the minisymposium, and each minisymposium speaker should submit a 100-word abstract (in a PDF file) through the web page, after the acceptance of the minisymposium proposal. These will be reviewed by the scientific committee. The number of minisymposia may be limited to retain an acceptable level of parallelism in the conference sessions.
In addition, the meeting organizers discourage minisymposia in which most of the speakers come from the same organization or if all collaborators of the works presented in a minisymposium are from the same organization.
Please review the guidelines for preparing a minisymposium proposal below.
To submit a minisymposium proposal, please visit
Deadline for reception of minisymposium proposals: October 31st, 2009.
To submit the speaker talk abstracts for an accepted minisymposium, please visit
Deadline for submission of minisymposium speaker abstracts: January 15th, 2010.
Guidelines for Preparing a Minisymposium Proposal
What is a Minisymposium?
A minisymposium is a session of four coordinated presentations on a single topic of substantial current interest and importance in mathematics and its applications. It is normally two hours long. Each speaker has twenty-five minutes for presentation, with an additional five minutes for discussion.
In conducting the minisymposium, the session organizer should provide an overview of the minisymposium, introduce the speakers, and provide an opportunity for discussion among the speakers and the audience. The organizer may also be the chair and one of the speakers.
Organizing a Minisymposium
Those interested in organizing a minisymposium should submit a proposal to the conference program committee by no later than October 31st, 2009. Organizers will select the topics to be addressed, obtain speakers for those topics, decide with each speaker on the title of his/her presentation, and provide other information as needed.
Organizers are especially encouraged to include speakers from more than one country and from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, whenever appropriate.
The meeting organizing committee will not be able to waive the registration fee for minisymposium organizers and speakers, or reimburse their expenses. Therefore, organizers should make no financial commitments to speakers when organizing their minisymposium.
Prospective minisymposium organizers should seriously consider the following recommendations when selecting speakers in a minisymposium.
- Speakers should be selected primarily for their current contributions to the topic area.
- Speakers should be as representative of researchers in the area as is practical.
- Minisymposium organizers should select the first speaker based on one who can provide an overview of the topic area, put the whole area in perspective, particularly with regard to applications, and suggest new venues for continued research and application. A minisymposium organizer may speak in the minisymposium he or she is organizing.
- Minisymposium organizers are encouraged to include women and members of underrepresented minorities as speakers whenever appropriate.
- The meeting organizers discourage minisymposia in which most of the speakers come from the same organization or if all co-authors on the papers being presented in a minisymposium are from the same organization.
Preparation of the Proposal
The Minisymposium Organizer, following the instructions posted on the web site, should provide the following information:
Describe the subject of your minisymposium as accurately and specifically as possible in not more than ten words.
Provide your full name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number, and, when available, fax number and e-mail address.
Describe your minisymposium in not more than 100 words. The summary should be written to attract those who specifically work on your topic as well as those who work in related areas. Based on experience, we suggest the following outline:
Provide the full name, affiliation, and address of each speaker and the title of his/her presentation. Presentation titles and abstracts should be added to the Conference Management System (CMS) by the presentation abstract deadline. The CMS will re-open for updates after the program schedule is complete.