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Organizing Scientific Meetings

Handbook / Manual

By: August Epple

184 pages, no illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 1997 | #67852 | ISBN: 0521589193
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Hardback | Mar 1997 | #51660 | ISBN: 0521563518
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Dealing with virtually all aspects of scientific meetings, August Epple gives invaluable guidance for prospective organizers. He covers events from local afternoon Symposia to International Congresses with more than 1000 participants. He also provides insights for the tourist industry into the specific requirements that make scientific meetings different from others. The author gets straight to the point, identifying common problems and offering solutions. In twenty chapters and an extensive appendix, attention is given to critical details such as selection of the meeting site and timing of the event; stepwise program development; the selection of speakers and other key participants; social functions; budget matters; fund raising; the design of forms and brochures; publication of proceedings. If you are organizing a scientific meeting this is your indispensable guide.

'Epple leaves no detail about organising a meeting, small or large, international or home based, unaddressed ! I wish The Lancet had had this book when we started on our own conference programme.' Stephanie Clark The Lancet '! an excellent 'how-to' technical guide that covers all aspects of scientific meetings from small informal regional conferences to huge international congresses.' Walter J. Block Zoologische Anzeiger '! an essential good-luck gift ! covers everything.' New Scientist 'This book is a valuable treatise for those involved in organising scientific meetings.' John Gibson Chemistry in Britain '! a core of sound practical advice.' Denis Weaire Physics World 'Practical advice and cautionary tales on every aspect of the job.' Science 'August Epple has written a comprehensive guide to aid those who are about to organize a scientific meeting ! I would recommend the book highly.' A. G. Davis Philip The Observatory '! a wealth of practical advice.' General and Comparative 'In this fascinating book, August Epple shares a lifetime's experience of organizing scientific meetings and conferences ! This is a specialist subject, well treated. The book is written in a flowing style and would be a good read for anyone who has ever attended a conference.' Alan C. Pickwick GNOMON (Newsletter for the Association for Astronomy Education)


Preface; 1. Introduction: What can go wrong?; 2. The decision: To run or not to run; 3. Scientific and related events: variety delights; 4. Social events: something for every taste and budget; 5. The program: how to accommodate pigs in a poke; 6. Selection of the meeting site: a touch of Russian roulette; 7. The dates of the meeting: you can't win; 8. Publications: cruel and unusual punishment; 9. Selection of participants: how to lose old friends and make new enemies; 10. Committees: you have to live with them; 11. Accompanists: you better love'm; 12. Office and staff: don't take chances; 13. The budget: a jungle with pitfalls; 14. Fund raising: some would rather see their dentist; 15. Allocation of travel support: not much fun either; 16. Schedule of preparations: from dream to reality; 17. Announcements and other information: clarity pays; 18. Design of forms, name tags, tickets, signs and stickers: how about using some common sense?; 19. Satellite meetings: think twice; 20. Checklist of important no-nos; List of appendixes; Appendixes A-R; Index.

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