At SATURN, we hate the idea that a good talk might be rejected because its abstract is unclear or doesn’t answer questions that the reviewers might ask. Good talks should not be rejected because the proposal is not absolutely perfect.
So last year we introduced an early-acceptance deadline for speaker submissions, and it worked out really well. The quality of presentations was higher than in years past, and we overcame the dreaded Student’s Syndrome–everyone waiting until the night before to submit.
But this year we asked ourselves, Can we give even more opportunities? Can we make the proposal process even more friendly?
For SATURN 2015, we have adopted a rolling-acceptance approach.This means that the review committee is continuously reviewing speaker proposals as they are submitted. When reviewers see a great proposal, it is accepted immediately and added to the technical program. Authors of other proposals get detailed feedback about what the reviewers are thinking and what questions they have, so they can revise and resubmit.
No longer will you have to hire a soothsayer to guess what the committee might have been thinking, only to have the feedback too late to do anything about it.
We have been accepting speaker proposals since October though the website was lagging a bit. That has been corrected and the full list of speakers accepted is now available. The line-up so far is looking stellar.
The final deadline for acceptance is January 16, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until the last minute! If you want the opportunity to be accepted early or to receive feedback for improving your proposal for resubmission, you should submit your proposal right now.
SATURN is a conference for working professionals. Our rolling acceptance and early feedback this year should make it easier for you to speak at SATURN, so don’t delay!
-Michael Keeling and George Fairbanks
SATURN 2015 Co-Technical Chairs