We welcome proposals for panel sessions during the conference. Review the guidelines below and contact the SMS Executive Office with any additional questions.
Panel Session Overview
A panel session consists of a conversation between 3-6 panelists with different perspectives to exchange views on a relevant and current topic, often with one of the panelists serving as facilitator of the discussion and session chair. Audience members can be involved in the discussion as well.
- Panels must be no less than 70% discussion-based (including discussant-moderator Q&A, conversation between panelists, or audience Q&A). Proposal submitters must demonstrate this by including a proposed panel agenda in their submission document.
- Track Chairs will give preference in the selection process to panel submissions which demonstrate practice relevance, feature practitioner panelists, and/or will include key take-aways for the business community, where applicable.
- As it relates to panels, the “author” is the panel organizer and the “panelist” is a participant who sits on the panel.
- A panel proposal will count against the limit of two proposals for those listed as authors on the proposal.
- For those listed as potential panelists, who are not also authors/organizers, the submission will not count against the limit of two proposals.
- Panel Submissions do not go through the double-blind review process, as authorship and panelists are important factors for the quality of the submission.
- The Track Directors will make decisions on these submissions and notify authors around the same time as notifications for research proposals are shared.
- If accepted for the conference, authors will be responsible for confirming all panelists’ in-person attendance and ensuring all panelists register for the conference. Single-day complimentary guest speaker registration is available on a case-by-case basis only to local practitioners or local invited speakers with no SMS membership or attendance history.
- Should the composition of the panel change from the listed participants on the proposal, the Conference Committee reserves the right to withdraw the panel from the program.