Panels: Submission Info

The Panels submission deadline was 18 February 2009.

Panel discussions are forums for disagreement, controversy, and audience interaction from the leading experts in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques. A good panel brings together a slice of the SIGGRAPH community around a common interest and provides a forum to discuss the topic from all sides.

SIGGRAPH 2009 is especially interested in presenting panel discussions related to conference themes (Music, Multisensory, Sandbox Gaming, Information Aesthetics, Art & Design), career and professional issues, long-standing controversies, and current events.

Panels are 1 hour, 45 minutes long. A panel should include a moderator and 3-4 panelists. Stylistically, a panel can range between a "round table" discussion among the panelists to a "town hall" discussion in which the panelists respond to questions and statements from attendees. In any case, panels should focus on discussion, not on presentation, so these sessions should not rely on slides or video and may be held in "lights-up" rooms without video projection.

Use the General Submission online submission form. Submissions are due by 22:00 UTC/GMT, 18 February 2009. For more information about uploading files for your submission, please see Uploading Files.

Log in to the SIGGRAPH Information System, select "Begin a New Submission," and then select "create" for the General Submission form. You will be asked for:

  • Basic information about your submission (page 1)
  • Permissions (page 2)
  • A presentation format (page 3). To propose a Panel, please select Panel as your presentation format. You will then be taken to the forms specific to this presentation format. Please see below for more information about required information and materials for this presentation format.

Your submission must include the following materials and information:

  • Basic submission information, including panelists' names, affiliations, and contact information, as well as title of the session, and a single-sentence summary (50 words or fewer).
  • One "representative image" suitable for use in the conference web site and promotional materials. See Representative Image Guidelines.
  • Statement of permissions to use the submitted materials.
  • A 300-word description of your submission to be used on the web site.
  • A one-page abstract of your panel or roundtable topic, including references to the relevance and currency of the topic.
  • Submission categories and keywords to help ensure your submission is reviewed and juried appropriately. If you are proposing this session as part of the Computer Animation Festival, be sure to select the Animation category.
  • Bio Forms. Please provide short bios for each of your lecturers or panelists. At most a panel should consist of a moderator and 3-4 panelists.

Optional: You can also include PDFs of news articles related to your proposed panelists or topic for the jury to consider.

A good submission should tell us why your topic is interesting, and why your proposed moderator and speakers are exactly the right people from the SIGGRAPH community to address this issue.

The jury will be looking for a very few high-profile discussions to bring current issues before the SIGGRAPH audience. Your submission will be judged not only on the likely interest in your topic, but also on the strength of your proposed panel of experts.

You will be notified of acceptance or rejection of your proposal on 21 April 2009.

You will be able to update your basic submission information and any final materials so that it can be included in the conference program and web site. This information needs to be finalized two weeks after acceptance, around 3 May 2008. Please be prepared to deliver your final versions of your information and work on or before that date.

You must sign and return an Acceptance Agreement one week after acceptance.

If you wish to attend SIGGRAPH 2009, registration and travel costs are at your own expense, except for the contributor of record, who will receive recognition as specified in the SIGGRAPH 2009 Recognition Policy.

You will receive information on when and where your panel will be presented.

For panels on animation, we will decide whether to include them as part of the Computer Animation Festival or the main conference, based on appropriateness of content and on scheduling and logistical constraints. This does not affect anything you need to do as part of the acceptance or presentation process; it only affects which attendees will have access to the panel.

You will be responsible for managing your moderator (if it's not you) and panelists. This includes coordinating with conference organizers to prepare the panel description and speaker information for publication in the web site and conference materials. It will also require that you distribute registration discount codes to your panelists, and that you check in with them at the conference.

Please note: panels are about people and discussion, not presentations. Panels should not rely on PowerPoint slides, video clips, or other visual materials and may be held in rooms without video projection.

18 February
Deadline for all General Submission forms and upload of materials.

19 February - 25 March
Assignment and online review of all General Submissions.

26-29 March
Jury meeting for all General Submissions.

30 March - 19 April
Final selection and scheduling for General Submissions.

20-21 April
Acceptance and scheduling information or rejection notices are sent to all General Submissions submitters.

3 May
Deadline to make any changes to materials for publication, including speakers, short and long descriptions, abstracts, papers, and images.

3-7 August
SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans