What is a Minisymposium

A minisymposium is composed of one or several sessions (or ‘Parts’)  of four coordinated presentations on a single topic of substantial current interest and importance in mathematics and its applications.  Each session in a minisymposium is two hours long. Each speaker has twenty-five minutes for presentation, with an additional five minutes for discussion.

Prospective minisymposium organizers are asked to submit a proposal consisting of a title, a description (not to exceed 100 words), and a list of speakers and titles of their presentations.  It is recommended that a minisymposium organizer make the first presentation.
The Scientific Program committee will referee all minisymposium proposals. Upon acceptance of the proposal, each  minisymposium speaker will be asked to submit a 75-word abstract.

To ensure balance, ICIAM prefers that a single individual not be the organizer of more than one minisymposium.  In addition, ICIAM discourages minisymposia in which most of the speakers come from the same organization or if all co-authors on the papers being presented in a minisymposium are from the same organization.
Participants are limited to presenting two talks at most during ICIAM2019, in order to maximize the opportunity for all participants to speak.  If you are invited to speak in more than one minisymposium, we suggest you use the opportunity to nominate a colleague or student to speak about your work.

Industrial Mathematics Minisymposia
An Industrial Mathematics minisymposium is a mini-symposium whose main objective  is to visualize the current situation of industrial mathematics transfer around the world through the presentation of successful real-world collaborations with industry. The term Industry is used, in a broad sense of the word, to denote all kinds of business and commercial firms with economic activity and non-profit R&D organizations with activities outside the realm of education and academic research, including financial institutions, public administrations and hospitals.
The participation of speakers from the industrial sphere is encouraged.

Organizing a Minisymposium

Those interested in organizing a minisymposium should submit a proposal to the conference program committee by no later than the due date listed on the form. Organizers will select the topics to be addressed, obtain speakers for those topics, decide with each speaker on the title of his/her presentation, and provide other information as needed. Organizers are especially encouraged to include speakers from more than one country and from underrepresented groups, including women and minorities, whenever appropriate.
A minisymposium may have up to four organizers, who can also be speakers, and chair the sessions. In conducting the minisymposium, one of the  session organizers should provide an overview of the minisymposium, introduce the speakers, and provide an opportunity for discussion among the speakers and the audience.

In multiple-part minisymposia, a ‘Part’ is  a 2-hour session composed of four presentations.  Each part  must be submitted separately, but the minisymposium title, abstract, and  classification items  must be the same for all the parts in the  proposal.

Thematic MS
will be structured according to the Topics in the following Topic List. One topic on this list must be marked in the submission form.
Industrial Mathematics Minisimposia will be structured according to the Economic Activities of Industrial or Business Interest and the Societal Challenges. In addition, the proposals should focus on one (and only one) of the following Mathematics – Industry aspects:
MIA.1.- Industrial mathematics success stories developed under memorandum of understanding, contract, or competitive projects with industrial support.
MIA.2.- Industrial mathematics case studies including initiatives such as Study Groups with industry, Modelling Weeks, Industry Days, master thesis, Phd thesis, …
MIA.3.- Industrial mathematics education.
MIA.4.- Industrial mathematics infrastructures around the world to promote Industry – Academia collaborations.

ICIAM 2019 will not be able to waive the registration fee for minisymposium organizers and speakers, or reimburse their expenses. Therefore,  minisymposium organizers should make no financial commitments on behalf of ICIAM 2019  when organizing their minisymposium.

Prospective minisymposium organizers should seriously consider the following recommendations when selecting speakers in a minisymposium:
  • Speakers should be selected primarily for their current contributions to the topic area.
  • Speakers should be as representative of researchers in the area as is practical.
  • Minisymposium organizers should select the first speaker based on one who can provide an overview of the topic area, put the whole area in perspective, particularly with regard to applications, and suggest new venues for continued research and application. A minisymposium organizer may speak in the minisymposium he or she is organizing.

Guidelines for Preparing a Minisymposium Proposal

Only one of the minisymposium organizers will be the contact person with the organization. He/she should fill out the on line submission form and provide the following information:

  • Contact Person: Provide full name, title, affiliation, address and e-mail address.  All correspondence regarding the minisymposium will be sent to the e-mail address of the contact person.
  • A minisymposium can have up to four organizers, including the contact person. When filling out the submission form, please tick the role  organizer  for the contact person, and tick the role co-organizer when including the information of  the additional organizers.
  • Title of the Minisymposium: Describe the subject of your minisymposium as accurately and specifically as possible in not more than ten words.
  • Abstract: Describe your minisymposium in not more than 100 words. The summary should be written to attract those who specifically work on your topic as well as those who work in related areas. It is suggested that you explain the problem area to be addressed by the speakers and why it is important in significant applications; identify current directions of research and methods being developed to solve problems, including their advantages and shortcomings; and describe the scope of your minisymposium.
  • For Thematic MS: Provide at most three key words and select one item in the Topic List provided in the submission form.
  • For Industrial Mathematics MS: Provide at most three key words. One MIA option must be selected. At most two items in the list of Economic Activities and/or Societal Challenges may be selected.
  • Speakers: Provide full name, affiliation, and address of each speaker and the title of his/her presentation.
  • Multiple part minisymposia:
    • The data of the contact person/organizer and co-organizers must be included only when filling out the submission form for ‘Part 1’. In subsequent parts, only participants with the role of speaker may be included.
    • Each ‘Part’ in a multiple part minisymposium must be submitted separately. When submitting a new part, the name of the contact-person and the details on the title, abstract and classification items must be recovered from Part 1.
    • An organizer may be a speaker in any ‘Part’ of the minsymposium. If the contact person/organizer, or one of the co-organizers, is also a  speaker in Part 1, please mark both roles in the drop-down menu when filling out the submission form.  The contact person/organizer, or any of the  co-organizers, may be a speaker in Part n (n>1) of the proposal.
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