Want to reach a broad audience of scientists and the scientifically interested public. The AAAS call for symposia is now open. Section L (History and Philosophy of Science) are seeking symposia to put forward for the 2011 meeting in Washington, D.C. (Feb. 18-21), on the theme of Science without Borders.

The general call is here: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2010/program/symposia/submit/.

The final deadline for submission is April 27, 2010. But in order for Section L to help with proposals, symposia need to submitted to any member of the steering committee of Section L much sooner, preferably by April 1.

Section L officers can be found here: http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/organization/sections/hist.shtml.

The following are the necessary parts for a proposal:

  • Title (no more than 85 characters)
  • Synopsis (1500 characters)
  • Relation to annual theme (for 2011: Science without Borders) or relevance to general science audience (e.g. “cross-cutting activities in support of science, technology, and education”) (500 characters)

Scheduling requirements:

90 minutes: 3 speakers with 15-30 min. of discussion

180 minutes: 4-6 speakers with discussion

Longer symposia require additional justification (1000 characters)

Participants (organizer, speaker, moderator, discussants, etc.) and Contact information

Max. of one moderator/session

Max. 1 discussant/ 90 minute session

Presentation titles for each speaker (max. 85 characters) and proposed content or perspective of the speaker, giving reasons for why the speaker will enhance the content of the session (abstracts will be sought after symposia are selected).

Generally, sessions with broad appeal on topics of general interest to scientists and the public have the best chance. Interdisciplinary and diverse panels will also do better.