This morning I got a notice from Matt Eckleman, ISSST2013 Program Chair, saying that my abstract “Reinventing the Modern American University (Again)” has been accepted for a full presentation.
I feel a little lucky!
ISSST2013 is the most selective program that we’ve had in the three years that I’ve been serving as Chair. By Matt’s count, we’ve accepted only 85 full presentations. Another 40 abstracts that requested full presentations were accepted as posters, and 12 requested for poster presentations were also accepted.
That means the acceptance rate for full presentations at ISSST2013 is 55%. Those who didn’t get accepted as full presentations can take some consolation from the fact that they have a lot of company. If you’re in that situation, I can reassure you that our posters sessions are terrific fun and extremely well attended. (The refreshments help ensure that).
However, Matt also say that some people who are disappointed will no doubt drop out of ISSST2013 altogether. By his guess, about 5% of the full presentations and 20% of the poster presenters will withdraw. He’s calibrated his acceptances so that we’ll still have a full Program when that happens, so it’s not likely that several presentation slots will open up.
According to Matt, the next step is to get the Session Chairs together and ensure that the presentations they want are appearing in the right sessions. Then, he’ll post the first draft of ISSST2013 Program. If you’re a special Session Chair (and I’ve already heard from one!) you’ll be working with Matt and the other Chairs to sort out which presentations belong where.
We’ll be opening the Registration page shortly. You can preview a test version here.
When you do register, you’re going to be invited to to new events that we didn’t have at previous symposiums:
- A Thursday evening dinner cruise on the Ohio river ($50).
- A pre-conference workshop hosted by Gabrielle Grant of Yale University called Authentic Sustainability (free, but limited).
- Preparing for a Conference: Being a Chair of a Section (teachingcollegeenglish.com)
- How to successfully submit conference talks (net-security.org)