Organize a Symposium

Symposium organizers work with TMS technical committees to plan symposia for TMS conferences. Symposium organizers are responsible for proposing symposia, reviewing abstracts, selecting oral and poster presentations to be given at the symposium, scheduling presentations, and coordinating on-site activities. 

Why Organize a Symposium?

The benefits to your career include the opportunity to: 

  • Develop leadership, management, and communication skills
  • Build a network of colleagues in your interest area
  • Stay abreast of the latest developments in your field
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Time Commitment

Organizers devote approximately 40 hours to advance planning (over the course of a year) and 3 to 4 days to on-site management of the symposium. (Time commitments vary based on the size and scope of the symposium.) 

How to Get Started

Symposium plans are typically determined by TMS technical committees. The best way to get involved in organizing a symposium is to join the TMS technical committee that best suits your interests and volunteer to help with technical programming activities. TMS issues a Call for Volunteers for technical committees each year in February. All TMS members will receive an e-mail invitation to join a technical committee at this time. 

If you do not have much experience with technical programming, you may want to consider starting by: 

Presenting a Paper at a TMS Conference 
Chairing a Session for a TMS Symposium

If you have questions, please contact the TMS Volunteerism Staff or the TMS Technical Programming Staff.