How to Participate

Would you like to participate in the Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference? Here’s your chance—volunteer to be a session chair at WSDS 2017 in La Jolla, California, this October!

The conference steering committee is seeking session chairs for a limited number of sessions at the 2017 conference. Session topics span the following three themes:


Session chairs serve as the main contact for the session with ASA staff. Session chairs are responsible for the following:

  1. Reviewing presentations for length and visibility and discussing concerns with the ASA staff
  2. Encouraging speakers to upload their presentations in advance
  3. Checking the program and serving as the main contact for the session with ASA staff in case any changes need to be made (e.g., reordering of speakers within session, withdrawing a speaker, etc.)
  4. Ensuring speakers are on time and present for the session
  5. Introducing the speakers at the beginning of the session
  6. Making sure each speaker begins/ends at the time allotted
  7. Facilitating Q&A discussion after each presentation, including preparing questions in advance to spark discussion
  8. Encouraging attendees to fill out the online evaluation form

If you are interested, please contact by August 24. Include your name and organization and indicate your preferred theme and/or session in the body of the message.

Note that requests are first come, first served and your response does not guarantee your acceptance or your preferred theme.

Key Dates

  • March 1, 2017 – April 20, 2017
    Concurrent and Speed Submission
  • June 1, 2017
    Early Registration and Housing Opens
  • July 13, 2017
    Speaker Registration Deadline
  • September 7, 2017
    Early Registration Deadline
  • September 8, 2017
    Regular Registration (increased fees apply)
  • September 22, 2017
    Housing Deadline
  • October 19, 2017 – October 21, 2017
    WSDS 2017 in La Jolla, CA