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Paper, Poster, or just Presentation?

Reviews of ISSST2013 paper abstracts will begin right after 15 DecHowever, the softcon site will remain open and authors may continue to upload paper abstracts after 15 Dec for consideration on a rolling basis. 

Those authors that are planning on submitting papers should upload abstracts today or tomorrow to take full advantage of the peer review process.  However, if your sustainability research or business case study isn’t ready for a full paper, there are still several other ways to participate, including a poster presentation or a presentation without a paper.   Anyone may choose all, some, or none of the following:

  1. Present a Paper.  These participants will write a paper for circulation among the symposium participants with the expectation that they will receive constructive feedback and critique — both from reviewers (confidentially, via email), online (via Box.com discussion boards), and in person at the symposium itself.  Authors reserve all rights their own work, but there are several options available for archival publication that ISSST2013 can help facilitate.
  2. Present a Poster.  The poster session is typically one of the highlights of the ISSST and will be held the evening of Wed 15 May.  Poster presenters may also circulate a digital copy of their work online (via Box), but they typically benefit the most from the feedback that they get in person during the session.  Participants may choose to present the same work as both a paper and a poster, if they choose.
  3. Presentation only.  Participants that eschew authorship of papers and posters may still participate by delivering a presentation.  Again, at the author’s discretion, slides may be circulated online via Box (to the symposium participants) for digital discussion.
  4. No presentation, just participation.  Some participants choose to attend ISSST without presenting at all.  In academic circles, this is often frowned upon.  The idea at larger conferences and symposia is that if you aren’t presenting, then it’s not worth the travel money.  The problem with that view is what we see at most conferences, where everyone is trying to broadcast their own message to everyone else — but no one is listening.  The ISSST emphasizes dialog, rather than broadcasting.  Therefore, participants that do not present still have opportunities to contribute.

Finally, we’re working on a number of workshops that will either precede, follow or be integrated into the regular conference program.  We’ll advertise these as the workshop organizers finish their descriptions.  Our goal is to deliver the workshops for no additional cost, or a very modest fee.

Deadlines… when are they, again?

When we first drafted the ISSST2013 Call for Papers, we proposed an abstract deadline exactly one year after last years, 3 Dec 2012, and we circulated a draft among the ISSST2013 leadership and some regular participants.

But the feedback that we got was that we can compress the schedule, both because we’re more organized than last year, especially with regard to identifying session Chairs, and because we’re expecting fewer abstracts of higher quality (which are always easier to review!).

We changed our schedule so that the ISSST2013 abstract deadline is 15 Dec 2013, as posted here and here.

If you were worried about uploading your abstract to softcon before the close of business today… well, you can relax for at least several more days.

Nevertheless, we have a dozen submissions already, and I’d like to describe them briefly here for those that you can get a sense of what topics will be presented, where people are traveling from, and decide whether you’d like to volunteer as an abstract reviewer.

Here’s a sampling of the general topics on which we’ve received abstracts so far:

  • Recovery of rare and precious metals from waste electronics.
  • Sustainability education in an increasingly digital education ecosystem.
  • Building-integrated solar energy.
  • Thermodynamics of recycling.
  • Materials criticality in photovoltaics.
  • Digital knowledge networks and their environmental consequences.
  • Solid state lighting.
  • Advanced fuel cells.
  • Dealing with uncertainties in life cycle assessment, including valuation.

Abstracts are coming in from all over the world, including authors from Australia, Germany, Denmark, Austria, India, South Africa, and the United States.  This map gives you a sense of where the interest in ISSST2013 is coming from, as measured by blog views.

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As more abstracts come in, the Program Committee will begin sorting them, assigning them to special session Chairs and asking people to review.  This last step is critical to the success of the symposium.  The sooner we can get good feedback to the authors, the better and more informative their presentations will be.