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CEDAR Workshop Guidelines for Conveners

Proposals for CEDAR Workshops are due Friday March 14, 2014 on-line.

Main Points

  1. CEDAR Science Challenge: Should identify and address the grand challenges in the science disciplines that fall into the CEDAR domain. Sessions should identify a particular science challenge and outline an approach to meet it. Please specify:
    1. how the associated questions will be addressed
    2. what resources exist, are planned, or are needed,
    3. how progress should be measured.
  2. "Grand Challenge Workshops": Starting in 2014, conveners can propose "Grand Challenge Workshops." These are expected to be multi-year workshops on topics of broad interest, selected by the CSSC each year. Each will have an associated tutorial speaker which proposers can nominate on the workshop form.
  3. Workshop Justification: Should address the science priorities in the field of aeronomy and space physics for the upcoming decade described by the 2012 Decadal Survey for Solar and Space Physics from the National Academy of Sciences. Should also articulate the significance of your science topic/problem and how it relates to the on-line final (June 2011) version of the CEDAR strategic plan with the addendum from November 2013. Links for the 2012 Decadal Survey are:

Session Format

Convening a workshop at the yearly CEDAR meeting is an excellent way to bring together experts on a particular science topic, review recent results from an ongoing experimental campaign, plan a new project, or increase visibility and awareness of a given area of research. Although recent workshops have gravitated towards a two-hour, fully scheduled period of talks, we encourage conveners to adopt a more workshop atmosphere with time for discussion. Depending on the goals for the workshop, a small discussion group or panel might be a better use of the time slot.

A number of formats may be considered by session organizers. These include:

  1. Scheduled AGU-like short-presentations. These sessions are similar in style to sessions at the semi-annual American Geophysical Union meetings. This has become the favored format in recent years, providing CEDAR members the opportunity to present annual project reports. Quite a few other venues exist for giving project updates, however, whereas the CEDAR workshop is a unique opportunity to organize and plan. As the AGU-style format will probably be ineffective for accomplishing the 2013 workshop goal of establishing and pursuing CEDAR grand challenge projects, this format is not encouraged. Consider a more creative alternative ...
  2. Short presentations and discussion. These workshops may include a mixture of planned and impromptu presentations, moderated in such a way as to promote discussion and raise as well as answer questions. A format composed of short presentations could be an effective tool for organizing grand challenges and planning experiments and modeling exercises. Having a productive session requires having a proactive moderator.
  3. Panel discussion. These workshops consist of a "panel of experts" discussing their views on a topic and answering questions from the audience. A panel discussion could be a means of establishing the current state of knowledge within a discipline. A discussion could also assume the form of a debate, with speakers representing opposing points of view. Panel discussions can invigorate a research sub-community have proven to be very popular in past workshops.
  4. Tutorial. This format could be appropriate if the goal of the session is to expand the size of the community conversant on a given research topic. It could therefore be an effective means of launching a CEDAR grand challenge. The depth of the presentation(s) would likely be greater than in the other formats. As the material is likely to be highly specialized, audience participation might be limited. Allowing sufficient time for questions from the audience is critical with this format.
  5. Round-table discussion. This small-group/working-group format is appropriate when the proposed topic is quite specialized and perhaps controversial. This format is also useful for planning projects. The point is to allow for face-to-face discussion with immediate feedback. Participants in the round-table format are encouraged to bring material to present, but the focus is on discussion. It is expected that the attendance for these workshops would be limited. The possibility exists to hold these smaller discussions outside of the typical meeting schedule (before the morning plenary sessions or after the afternoon workshops).
  6. Other - to be described briefly in the 'Other' box if it is not one of the above formats.

Conducting a Session

When running a CEDAR workshop session, consider that:

  • Many of the attendees to the CEDAR meeting are students. It is important to introduce the topic of the workshop in general terms and to provide context for the non-specialists attending the workshop. One of the goals of CEDAR is to encourage the next generation of scientists. Student participation should be encouraged in any workshop.
  • CEDAR is a broad community. When deciding on the participants for a workshop, give consideration to all interested scientists, not just those you may have initially thought of when planning the workshop.
  • Discussion is a vital aspect of any successful CEDAR workshop. Sufficient time should be reserved in the workshop schedule to allow for it.

There are several additional points to keep in mind when executing your workshop:

  • The week before the workshop, try to add an agenda with the titles of the talks, presenters, and order, so that prospective attendees better know what to expect.
  • After being held, all workshops must be documented. We encourage writing a summary of the workshop, how many people attended, what was discussed, etc. In addition, we strongly encourage that any presentation slides are archived on the CEDAR website. Ask your participants to provide digital copies of their slides for this purpose. Accepted formats for archival in the CEDAR database are .pdf, .ps, .eps, and .html, but .pdf is preferred for archival purposes.
  • The success of a workshop should not be judged solely on the number of people who are sitting in the audience. The quality of the material presented and the discussions fostered are more important than a simple headcount.
  • A wide range of technology is available for integration into a workshop. When proposing a workshop, please request any support you will need (LCD projector, access to the internet, a database where presentations/data/models will be accessed in real time, etc.).
  • Be creative in organizing your workshop. If you have an idea for a type of workshop not suggested above, go for it!


In order to propose a workshop, potential conveners should submit the following information to the Workshop Planning Committee via the web form by the due date:

  • Title of the workshop
  • List of conveners for the workshop
  • An initial (brief) or 'final' description of the workshop (preferably geared so students can understand it)
  • Articulate a CEDAR Science Challenge and a Justification for the workshop (from CEDAR Strategic Plan or Decadal Survey)
  • Format of the workshop (as described above)
  • Duration (2 hours by default)
  • Estimated attendance
  • Request for specific days (if conveners are not present the entire week)
  • Special technology requests (as described above)
  • Designation as a "Grand Challenge Workshop" (further text boxes will appear)

Just after the deadline, the list of conveners will be asked to check out the full list of proposed workshops to find out which conflicts should be avoided in the initial scheduling of these workshops.

Before or after the proposal deadline, certain workshops may be declined (likely if they do not adhere to the requirements above) or asked to combine with other workshops. If important science areas are missing, workshop organizers may try to add these topics by persuading workshop leaders to come forward. After the proposal deadline, conflicts among the workshops will be determined before a schedule of the CEDAR workshops is created. This schedule will be sent to conveners for approval before it is finalized and posted on the CEDAR website. Conveners of approved workshops can submit a more detailed workshop description on their wiki workshop page at any time. We encourage workshop descriptions that are geared so that students, who may be unfamiliar with the workshop topic, see a general description of the context and importance of the topic while specialized jargon is avoided. We are not asking for a separate Student Description anymore.