Instructions on how to propose sessions and speakers for the next DPG meeting

Introductory remarks

There are two rounds where sessions and speakers can be proposed. Please do not confuse them as they have different selection criteria.

  • With a deadline around the end of May, suggestions for Plenary Speakers (PV) and Interdivisional Symposia (SYxx) are collected. In June, these suggestions will be discussed on the level of the Section of Condensed Matter Physics (SKM). Competition is tough (about 30% success rate) so that it is important to prepare compelling and complete proposals that will convince the speakers of other divisions.
     
  • With a deadline around the end of September, suggestions for Invited/Topical Speakers and Focus Sessions are collected. These submissions will be handled on the level of the Division of Magnetism (MA). In October, there will be a vote on all the submissions among its members. Typically, there is a 50% success rate, so again: please prepare compelling and complete proposals, following the guidelines listed below.   

 

Proposals for Interdivisional Symposia and Plenary Speakers (SKM level)

Interdivisional Symposia (Fachverbandsübergreifende Symposien)

Interdivisional Symposia are half-day sessions addressing topics which should be of interest for at least three divisions of the section of condensed matter physics (SKM) of the DPG. They get an overarching SYxx label and are selected by the SKM in a meeting held in June, based on proposals submitted with a deadline of around the end of May.

Proposals for Interdivisional Symposia that are initiated by the Division of Magnetism must at first be submitted to the Chair of the Division until the deadline given here.

In your proposal, please list in the given order:

  • Title of the symposium
  • Leading division (that's us: MA)
  • Supporting divisions
  • Organizers -- max. 3 (Name, university/institution, town/country, email address)
  • Speakers -- ideally 5 + replacements (name, university/institution, town/country, email address, optional: one line explaining on their qualification/role in the symposium)
  • Abstract (max.1 page)

 

Plenary Speakers (Plenarsprecher)

Plenary Speakers must be outstanding representatives of their field and be known to give excellent talks with good introductory parts addressing the general audience of conference attendees. Invitations are made on a once-per-lifetime basis, so if they have given a plenary talk at an earlier DPG meeting, they cannot be selected again (and our memory goes waaaaay back!) Plenary Speakers get the overarching PV label and are selected by the SKM in a meeting held in June, based on proposals submitted with a deadline of around the end of May.

Proposals for Plenary Speakers that are initiated by the Division of Magnetism must at first be submitted to the Chair of the Division until the deadline given here.

In your proposal, please list in the given order:

  • Name of the speaker
  • Tentative title of the talk
  • Affiliation of the speaker (university/institution, town/country, email address)
  • Field of work (theory, experiment, industry, other...)
  • Type of plenary talk (plenary, semi-plenary, evening talk, ceremony talk)
  • Approximate age of the speaker
  • Web address of speaker's research group (for supporting information)
  • Proposing division (that's us: MA)
  • Proposed by whom? (Name, university/institution, email address)
  • Supporting divisions
  • Laudatio (max. 1 page, including references)

 

Proposals for Focus Sessions and Invited/Topical Talks (MA level)

Focus Sessions (Fachverbandsinterne Symposien)

Focus Sessions are organized by the divisions. As such, ours get the MA label. They can involve several divisions, too, but they remain to be tagged to one main organizing divisions other than the Interdivisional Symposia which are tagged to SKM. Proposals for Focus Sessions are typically collected in September and voted on by the MA members in October. The number of Focus Sessions is limited to about five in our division.

Proposals for Focus Sessions of the Division of Magnetism must be submitted to the Chair until the deadline given here.

In your proposal, please list in the given order:

  • Headline: "Proposal for a MA Focus Session, SKM Spring Meeting, Place, Year"
  • Title of the proposed Focus Session
  • Coordinator(s) (not more than three!), email address(es)
  • Possible cooperation with another division?
  • Short (10-15 lines) justification: relevance, connection to calls, priority-, or collaborative programs of the DFG and/or EU, timeliness of the topic, etc.; about three to five references
  • Maximum of five possible speakers, including their affiliation and homepage, as well as the respective tentative titles. Preferably, a Focus Session should feature a reasonable mixture of experimental and theoretical talks.
  • Keep in mind that there are only limited funds to cover the expenses for speakers from abroad. (The travel and living expenses for speakers from Germany are not refunded.)
  • The complete proposal must not exceed one page.
  • Submit your proposal as Word.

 

Invited/Topical Talks (Hauptvortrag/Fachvortrag)

Invited/Topical Talks are organized by the divisions. In the Division of Magnetism they are considered identical in length (25 + 5 minutes). The number of Invited and Topical Talks is limited to about five in our division. The speakers should not have invitations in other divisions in the same conference and should not have been invited at the last meeting.

Proposals for Invited/Topical Talks of the Division of Magnetism must be submitted to the Chair until the deadline given here.

Guidlines:

  • Header: personal data -- name (with title(s)), email address, homepage
  • Tentative title of the talk
  • A short (ideally 10, but not more than 20 lines) justification and not more than five relevant references
  • Submit as Word document