This page provides detailed information about panel submissions to the ITiCSE 2021 conference. It is part of the general Call for Participation which you should read first, if you have not yet done so.
What is a panel session?
Panel sessions provide an opportunity for expert panel members to present their views on a specific topic and then to discuss these views among themselves and with the audience. Usually, a panel session starts with a brief introduction of the panel topic and the participants, followed by short presentations by the panelists giving their views. They are scheduled in standard conference spaces. The 90-minute session must allow sufficient opportunity (at least 30 minutes) for an interactive question and answer period involving both the panelists and the audience.
A typical panel will consist of up to four participants, including the moderator. Limiting a panel to four participants allows sufficient time for audience questions. Proposals with more than four panelists must convincingly show that all panelists will be able to speak, and the audience able to respond, within the session time.
Panel proposal review is NOT blind. Proposals will be reviewed by the panel chairs, considering the likely level of interest in the topic, the inclusion of panel members with multiple perspectives on the topic, and the likelihood that the panel will leave sufficient time for audience participation.
If the proposal is accepted, all presenters listed in the panel description will be required to register for the conference and to participate in the session. See ITiCSE 2021 policies.
ITiCSE 2021 will be virtual. We believe that panels can be conducted productively in this virtual format, but proposers will need to explicitly plan their session to be successful in this format. Panels should need relatively few changes from their in-person setting, but a strong plan for moderating questions from the audience productively in a virtual setting will be necessary. You must include in your proposal details of how the panel will be run in virtual format. Please do not refer to specific technologies. Instead focus on the process that you will use to make sure remote panelists and participants are engaged and included.
Formatting the proposal
The following modifications and exceptions apply:
- When providing author information, indicate which of the panelists is the moderator by placing the word “Moderator” in parentheses after her/his name.
- Do not include an abstract. Instead, the first section should be headed Summary and should provide a summary of the panel as written by the moderator.
- Subsequent sections should contain the position statements of each panelist. The heading of each section should identify its author.
- References are encouraged where appropriate, but are not required. If they are included, they should be placed in a separate section headed References and should follow the formatting guidelines.
If accepted, the panel description will be allocated two pages in the conference proceedings and must adhere to the formatting requirements specified above. To facilitate the transition from proposal to camera-ready copy, it is critical that authors adhere closely to the formatting specifications and page limits.
Please find important dates concerning the Doctoral Consortium on our Important Dates page.
Submitting a panel proposal
Write your submission using the format specified above.
Convert your paper into Adobe PDF format.
If you have questions about anything discussed above, please contact the panel chairs.