How to Participate in WSDS 2020

Would you like to participate in the Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference? Here’s your chance! Volunteer to be a virtual session chair at WSDS 2020 this October.

The conference steering committee is seeking chairs for a limited number of sessions. Topics span the following three themes:







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

  1. Reviewing presentations for length and visibility and discussing concerns with the ASA staff
  2. 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.)
  3. Ensuring speakers are on time and present for the session
  4. Introducing the speakers at the beginning of the online session and assisting with any virtual comments or questions from the audience
  5. Making sure each speaker begins/ends at the time allotted
  6. Facilitating Q&A discussion after each presentation, including preparing questions in advance to spark discussion
  7. Encouraging attendees to fill out the online evaluation form

If you are interested, please email by September 4, 2020. Include your name and affiliation 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

  • February 13, 2020 – May 21, 2020
    Concurrent, Panel, and Speed Submission
  • July 1, 2020
    Early Registration Opens
  • July 24, 2020
    Speaker Registration Deadline
  • August 20, 2020
    Early Registration Deadline
  • August 21, 2020
    Regular Registration (increased fees apply)
  • September 30, 2020 – October 2, 2020
    Virtual WSDS2020