The International FAIR Convergence Symposium will now take place as a fully virtual event from 27 November to o4 December. Please save the dates!
In order to facilitate the new approach, and in response to a number of enquiries, we have also extended the deadline for submissions of session proposals to 30 September and of posters and lightning talks to 31 October.
To ensure an engaging and dynamic event, with clear outcomes, the organisers now envision the Symposium as a series of online sessions, dispersed over one week to accommodate a range of timezones as best as possible.
The symposium will feature plenary sessions, discussion sessions and collaborative workshop sessions. Each day will include sessions at Asia-friendly times, Africa and Europe-friendly times and Americas-friendly times. Recognising the challenges of virtual events, the programme will ensure that there are substantial gaps between the sessions. We propose to schedule sessions in parallel as necessary in each of these slots and we will seek to accommodate excellent proposals in preferred slots to the greatest extent possible.
As the Symposium theme is Convergence and discussion on FAIR implementation, we wish to explore the interaction provided by a virtual format to the greatest extent possible. Proposers are encouraged to ensure that their session is dynamic, interactive and output-oriented. Workshop-style sessions are strongly encouraged. The default duration of sessions will be 120 minutes to allow for such formats. Session organisers will be encouraged to post video presentations in advance of the session, whenever possible, to support and maximise the time for discussion and collaboration.