PARA 2008 Information for Minisymposia Organizers

Workshop on State-of-the-Art in Scientific and Parallel Computing

May 13-16, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

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Note: Overall deadline for minisymposia (MS)extended abstracts are due on Mach 10, but deadlines/requirements may also be set locally by the organizers with approval from the Program Committee Chair. Check with your MS organizer(s) for details.

The following are our guidelines adopted from SIAM's guidelines for minisymposia:

Guidelines for Preparing a Minisymposium Proposal

What is a Minisymposium?

A minisymposium (MS) is a session of 4-12 coordinated presentations on a single topic of substantial current interest and importance in mathematics and its applications. It is normally 2-6 hrs long including breaks. Each speaker has twenty minutes for presentation, including 2-5 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 invited to organize a minisymposium (PARA does minisymposia by invitation only) need to provide an overview of their minisymposium and selected speakers no later than March 14, unless you have been in contact with the organizer about an extension.

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.

Like previous PARA meetings, the PARA'08 organizing committee will not be able to waive the registration fee for minisymposium speakers, or reimburse their expenses. Therefore, organizers should make no financial commitments on behalf of PARA'08 to speakers when organizing their minisymposium. Unlike SIAM, PARA 2008 may, as stated in your invitation, provide some support for the MS organizers based the number of talks (and thereby possibly addtionally paying speakers) you are able to attract. In general, this support, if offered, will be in form of free registration fee for the invited organizer only. Note that no travel funds are available for organizers, and all travel and hotel reservations need to be done by the organizers, unless the PARA organizing committee specifically promise they will arrange your lodging.

Minisymposium organizers should seriously consider the following recommendations when selecting speakers in a minisymposium. (These are exactly the same as SIAM recommends)

  1. Speakers should be selected primarily for their current contributions to the topic area.
  2. Speakers should be as representative of researchers in the area as is practical.
  3. 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.
  4. Minisymposium organizers are encouraged to include women and members of underrepresented minorities as speakers whenever appropriate.
  5. Both PARA'08 and SIAM discourages 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 Overview

The Minisymposium Organizer 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 300 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:

  • Explain the problem area to be addressed by the speakers and why it is important in significant applications.
  • Identify current directions of research and methods being developed to solve problems, including their advantages and shortcomings.
  • Describe the scope of your minisymposium.


Provide the full name, affiliation, and address of each speaker and the title of his/her presentation. For those of you who solicited contributions through open calls, please provide some review comments via our conference submission system for submissions you decide not to include. The organizer is able to move submissions between tracks/MSs. Presentation titles, abstracts and photos of each speaker need to be added to the PARA'08 Submission System (hosted by -- see ) by each corresponding author by the abstract deadline. The Submission system will re-open for updates after the program schedule is complete.

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