Seminars as a rule concentrate on more narrowly focused topics and aim at extensive discussion. In order to allow the time to be spent mainly on discussion, the SCS publishes a notice about the session in advance, and organizers distribute copies of the papers (normally three or four in number) to be discussed to those who request them. Attendance at a seminar will, if necessary, be limited to the first 25 people writing to the organizer. Seminars are normally three hours in length.
You will be required to provide:
- The member number, name, academic institution, and contact information of the organizer(s)
- The member number, name, academic institution, paper title, and length of presentation (in minutes) for each speaker
- The member number, name, academic institution, and length of presentation (in minutes) for anyone introducing the panel or serving as a discussant or respondent
- A 650-word Organizer's Statement. The organizer's statement should provide a clear overview of the seminar, describing its theme and focus and explaining the particular contribution made by each paper. Individual participants are to remain anonymous in this statement; individual presenters should be referred to as "panelist #1”, panelist #2”, etc. The statement must describe in general terms the diversity of the panel of speakers. It should also explain plans for incorporating discussion into the session, and whether the responsibility will rest with the session chair, with the presenters themselves, or with an invited respondent. If a respondent is used, the respondent's qualifications should be described, without, however, identifying the individual. The Program Committee expects that both this statement and the accompanying abstracts will demonstrate a grasp of the bibliography relevant to the topic.
- An abstract for every paper to be presented in your session. Make sure these abstracts are anonymous, but identify them as "Paper #1", "Paper #2", etc. This will inform the Program Committee of the order of presentation and will make it easier for you to refer to individual abstracts in your Organizer's Statement (see above). Before the speakers in your session prepare their abstracts, please ask them to become familiar with the guidelines for authors of abstracts.
- Speakers' audio-visual needs (if any). The Program Committee reserves the right to limit the audio/visual equipment requested.
About four months before the annual meeting organizers of accepted seminars must submit to the Executive Director a description (maximum 250 words) of the seminar for distribution to the members. Subsequently, they must distribute copies of the seminar papers to the first 25 people who request them.