Panel Submission Guidelines
By SIGCSE policy, all panelists are required to register for the conference, and to attend and participate in their panels.
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. Panel
sessions run for 75 minutes. 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. The session must allow sufficient
opportunity (about 30 minutes) for an interactive question
and answer period involving both the panelists and the audience.
A typical panel will consist of four participants, including the
moderator. Limiting a panel to 4 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. Criteria used in reviewing the
proposals include the likely level of interest of the topic, the
presence of panel members with multiple perspectives on the topic,
and the likelihood that the panel will leave sufficient time for
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.
The proposal is limited to two (2) pages that conform to the
SIGCSE 2010 Format Instructions
with the following modifications and exceptions:
- 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 titled Summary and should
provide a summary of the panel written by the moderator.
- Subsequent sections should contain the position
statements of each panelist. Title each section by
identifying the author.
- References where appropriate are encouraged, but not
required. If they are included, they should be placed
in a separate section titled References
and should follow the formatting guidelines.
If accepted, the panel description will be allocated two (2)
pages in the conference proceedings and must adhere to the
formatting guidelines 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.
Note that you will be required to submit your proposal
- Write your proposal using the format specified above.
Within the proposal, you must provide Category and
Subject Descriptors, General Terms, and Keywords,
just as paper authors must do. These requirements
are described in more detail in the
SIGCSE 2010 Format Instructions.
- Convert your proposal into Adobe PDF format. Refer to our
Creating Adobe PDF Documents
page for assistance.
- Submit the PDF version of your proposal using the
online Submission Form
Note that there are several
ways you must categorize your proposal submission in
the online system. These categories are used to select
the reviewers who will evaluate your proposal. Please
select no more than 3 categories to ensure the best
possible match with a reviewer of similar interests
- Please do not wait until the last minute to submit
your documents because that is when everyone else
will be connecting to our server!
- Make note of the proposal ID number and password
assigned to your submission. You will need them later.
You will receive an e-mail message confirmation.
Spam filters sometimes trap these
automatically generated messages so you may need
to check your spam trap for the confirmation and later,
acceptance or rejection notification.
- After receiving confirmation, go to the
Author Verification Form
to review your submission for accuracy.
Send e-mail to
(Laurie Smith King)
if there are any problems.
Warning! Several authors have reported problems viewing
their PDF files using Internet Explorer.
If you experience similar problems, it is best to
download the file and use
All electronic submissions must be received
by September 11, 2009
at 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST).
- All presenters must register for the conference.
- Panel sessions are 75 minutes in length. The session
must allow sufficient opportunity (about 30 minutes)
for an interactive question and answer period involving
both the panelists and the audience.
- Plan to attend the speakers' breakfast on the morning
of your presentation. This will serve as a convenient
time for any final coordination of the presenters.
- The conference supplies a projector but not a laptop.
You will need to bring a laptop or arrange to use one
from another attendee.
- Bring a backup copy of your presentation on a USB stick.
This will make it possible for all presenters on a panel
to make their presentations from a single laptop.
We especially encourage you to consolidate your
individual contributions into a single presentation.
This will result in smoother transitions from one speaker
- Wireless Internet access should be available during
your presentation, but you should, of course, be aware
that there is always potential for failure.
- Arrive at your room at least 10 minutes before the
panel session is scheduled to begin.
Please contact the SIGCSE 2010 Panels and Special Sessions Chair with your questions:
Panels and Special Sessions
Laurie Smith King
College of the Holy Cross