for the future
for future ISFP meetings made by the previous committee
(Chairman: Simonetta Mattiucci)
To follow the 'spirit' of
previous ISFP Symposia, which have been aimed at making attendance possible
for many scientists from a wide range of countries to present their
work, spend time together, share ideas, discuss projects and plan future
With this in mind, the central
idea of the Symposium should be simple, well organised, friendly, relaxed,
welcoming to students and yet to maintain a high scientific standard;
If possible, try to find
a location where delegates could remain together, at least during lunch
and coffee breaks;
The Registration fee of the
Symposium should be as inexpensive as possible in order to enable the
attendance of as many delegates as possible; The registration fee should,
as much as possible, cover the expenses relating to the Symposium, including,
if funds permit, the social dinner or at least a part of it (if the
cost is high, many delegates and especially students do not participate);
The Chairman of the International
Committee should contact the Local Organiser in advance (2 years) of
the next meeting, so that preparations can be followed;
Information on the progress
of preparations for the next Symposium should be available to the Committee;
The programme of the Symposium
(including scheduled times of the sessions) should be available on-line
at least one month before the Symposium;
A printed version of the
Book of Abstracts should be available for participants and should include
a list of participants, with their full name, address and e-mail.
There should be a programme
for accompanying persons, and some cultural activities for the participants
during the meeting;
An official group photograph
of the participants should be scheduled;
Adjudicators for the students'
prizes - oral and poster presentations - should be organized in advance
of the meeting;
Symposium T-shirts should
be available for sale or included in the conference bag;
Representatives of countries
making bids to host the next ISFP Symposium must make their case during
the meeting by giving a short presentation - time needs to be scheduled
The decision on the location
of the next Symposium is to be made by the Committee and not by public
During the closing session
of the Symposium, the location of the next Symposium and the membership
of the next ISFP International Committee should be formally announced
to all the Participants.
for future committees and chairmen (by David Gibson - Chairman of the
Future members should be
chosen by recommendation and agreement by the Committee.
The composition of the Committee
should reflect the international nature of the Symposium.
Members should be persons
with experience of previous Symposia and likely to attend the next meeting.
Members should be replaced
after serving for two terms.
The Committee Chairman
The Chairman should preferably
be a person with experience of being a member of the Committee.
The next Chairman should
be chosen by the members of the current Committee.
He/She should be a person
almost certain to attend the next Symposium. He/She should have enough
influence and determination to step in and reorganise if preparations
for the next symposium look like failing (this has happened twice during
the history of these Symposia).
The role of Chairman is an
active and not an honorary one.
The Chairman should actively
contact the Organiser of the next Symposium on a regular basis to check
that preparations are progressing satisfactorily.
The Chairman should be available
to open or close the Symposium, to thank the Local Organiser and to
pass on any Committee related matters, if requested to do so by the