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New Symposia Chairs and Vice Chairs. TRAINING. Committee Structure. Symposia – Topic Groups Some have subgroups – used to be stand alone sessions, but we realigned last year so that they all come under symposia. Affiliated with Standing WEF Committee (usually), but separate

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Committee structure
Committee Structure

  • Symposia– Topic Groups

    • Some have subgroups – used to be stand alone sessions, but we realigned last year so that they all come under symposia.

    • Affiliated with Standing WEF Committee (usually), but separate

  • Leaders – George Martin, Paul Causey, Sarah Reeves

  • Staff – Susan Merther, Mary Ann Linder, Lauren Henretty

Main duties
Main Duties

  • Maintain Symposium

  • Communication

  • Program Formation

  • Strategic Direction

Maintain symposium
Maintain Symposium

  • Customs and Culture

  • Rosters

  • Recruiting

  • Balance

  • Fill In – Emergency Help Onsite


  • Reinforce WEF Messages

  • Symposia Members

  • Moderators and Assistant Moderators

  • Speakers

  • Staff

Program formation
Program Formation

  • Select Abstracts

  • Select Session Proposals

  • Procedures:

    • First Check for Topic

    • Second Check for Quality

    • Review for 6 Criteria

    • Look at Scores

    • Group Like Abstracts

    • Form Sessions from Abstracts and Session Proposals

    • Name Moderators and Assistant Moderators

    • Attend Mid-year to Finalize and Place Sessions

Strategic direction
Strategic Direction

  • Topic Coverage (Call for Abstracts +)

    • Current and Core

    • Future and “Fringe”

    • Breadth and Depth

  • Audiences

    • Core

    • Niche

  • Where Should We Be in 5 or More Years?


Don’t forget resources available for you:

  • Committee Leadership

  • Staff

  • Other Steering Group Leaders

Online abstract review
Online Abstract Review

Training for Symposia Chairs and Vice Chairs

Important notes
Important Notes

  • Control Number


  • Length and Format of Abstracts

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  • Let us know of problems – in comment box

  • Optimized for Explorer 7 – may not be able to see everything you need (log in page has instructions)

2 main paths
2 Main Paths

  • Online One at a Time

  • Print Out in Bulk, Return to Score

Log In: make sure your system is optimized to run Oasis. Follow the instructions on the left. Then log in to the system.

Bulk View/PrintPrint in batches up to 50 at a time (can do 10, 15, 20, etc.)Can sort by various things – optional

Standard options – Review Abstracts: Can print from here, but one at a time as you view it. Must score before moving on to next one.

Quick Score: Review multiple abstracts in one long list. Use also to find specific abstracts. Must hit save and continue.

Edit/View Scores: Select which abstract to review from a list of all abstracts. Review abstracts one by one. Must hit save and continue.


  • Due December 16 at the latest

  • Let us know when you are done

  • Will see criteria – can score if you want to, but will overwrite next round if you score again

  • Boxes to check other topics – can do as many as needed, but recommend one or two at most

  • Check box to immediately remove

  • Comment box – anything to help guide next group or to designate top choice if you checked more than one