Instructions for Round Table Discussions and Workshop meetings


Round Table discussions (RTDs)

Round Table Discussions represent a forum for discussion of specialist topics. They can include new scientific findings, new directions in a particular field, methods, techniques and hypotheses. Round table discussions (RTD) will be held in the evenings and will last up to 2 hours. Any individual registered delegate or group of registered delegates may submit an abstract for a round table discussion. RTDs preferably have two conveners from different countries, but this is not a necessity. Each participant can only organize one RTD. RTDs are intended as a forum for discussion and should not contain long oral presentations: a few brief introductory comments and a list of discussion questions or issues are sufficient.



Workshops represent a forum for discussion of practical demonstrations and discussion of management approaches for research programs. Such workshops may involve practical demonstrations of approaches to e.g. software demonstrations, field skills, analytical approaches. Such workshops can also have a strong element of discussion of the merits of ‘best approaches’ to technical issues. These workshops will be held simultaneously with RTD sessions in the evening and can run for up to 2 hours.


Submission procedure:

  • Proposals for RTDs or workshops can be submitted by registered delegates at any time to the SPC Chair at
  • Proposals received before April 1st 2018 will be given priority and will be incorporated in the final program.
  • Proposals submitted after this date will still be considered, but acceptance may depend on room availability.
  • Descriptions of RTD’s or Workshops should consist of a 200-word description of the statement of purpose, focus and aims of the meeting, the names of the conveners and any additional participants that have already been identified.
  • The description should run to no more than 1 A4 page.