Guide for Writing Session Proposal
Session Criteria: The text portion of your submitted proposal should include the following: a paragraph or two explaining the topic/concept including a description of why this session would be relevant and important. Has this topic been presented in conferences before? If yes, why should this material be presented again? Proposals that include novel and important information, especially if not previously presented at this workshop, will be given a higher priority for acceptance. Often, several proposals are submitted for popular topic areas, e.g., adaptive designs and oncology. Make your session proposal stand out by describing how it would be different from others in the same general topic.
Names of potential speakers may be included in the proposal even though they need not be contacted. If speakers are contacted about the possibility of speaking, it should be made clear to those contacted that the session has not yet been finalized or accepted; the additional session organizers assigned for the session at the organizing meeting may have suggestions that will result in a more balanced session. So the finalization of the speaker list will be a group effort and prospective speakers should be informed of this.
Please note that a person cannot be both a chair/organizer and a speaker/discussant in the same session. Proposals submitted not following this guideline will still be considered and may be accepted with the expectation that the final session will follow this guideline.