How to Participate in WSDS 2021

Concurrent, panel, and speed session abstracts were accepted February 11 – April 30, 2021. Accepted presentations focused on any one of the following three broad themes:







Learn more about abstract submission.

Serve as a Session Chair

Session chairs are 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. Reminding speakers and discussants of the session format and their presentation time allotment (that information is located in the online program)
  4. Ensuring speakers are on time and present for the session
  5. Introducing the speakers at the beginning of the online session and assisting with any virtual comments or questions from the audience
  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

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

Key Dates

  • February 11, 2021 – April 30, 2021
    Concurrent, Panel, and Speed Submission
  • May 27, 2021 – August 19, 2021
    Early Registration Opens
  • July 16, 2021
    Speaker Registration Deadline
  • August 20, 2021 – October 8, 2021
    Regular Registration (increased fees apply)
  • October 6, 2021 – October 8, 2021
    WSDS 2021 Virtual