The BIO Event Planning Team is thrilled to announce some changes in our conference planning based on your attendee feedback and exciting new companies we have in the Industrial & Environmental space. We are thankful for our long standing support from companies like Novozymes, BASF, Corbion, Holland, and Leaf Technologies – to name a few – but we also want to hear from you!
The 2017 BIO World Congress Call for Sessions and Speakers is now open! Here is an overview of exciting changes and a few tips in your submission planning.
- New Approach for Session Submissions: We are asking that you develop a panel of speakers around an exciting theme or topic. If you submitted in the past you can no longer submit individual papers. See tips for submission below.
- Program Committee Volunteers wanted! Partnering activity is at an all-time high in response to new ways of doing business within this sector. We are interested in seeing new folks weigh in on our conference planning. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 15, 2016 if you are interested in participating.
- New Branding & Networking Opportunities: We will have 3 action packed days with equal parts of exhibition, partnering and new programming and want to ensure your company gets the best visibility possible. Email our team at email@example.com to ask about our new branding opportunities!
7 Tips for Planning Your Submissions:
- Relevance: What can you teach the audience that is so timely and relevant that they can’t afford to miss? Will this topic still be relevant in July 2017?
- Write from the heart: You are passionate about your work and we want to know why.
- Focus on your key takeaways: Attendees want to know that their hour will be well spent. Tell them what new information or tactics they will walk away with. See a sample list of last year’s attendees.
- Diverse speakers: Attendees are seeking advice from a diverse set of speakers. Proposals that have speakers with opposing views are always graded highly.
- Qualifications: Can this proposal be executed sufficiently by the speakers proposed? Think through your objectives and make sure the appropriate speakers will be able to convey that message.
- Reach out to your contacts: We encourage you to brainstorm with a number of your industry contacts and see what topics or ideas rise to the top.
- What sets your proposal apart? BIO receives hundreds of proposals each year. What will make the program committee remember your proposal over your competitors?