A latex template for hand out cards for SIAM minisymposia

Ever been to a SIAM conference?  If you have, then you know there is a lot going on at them. Previously, I’ve helped write a guide on how to get the most out of a SIAM conference.  If you haven’t, let me give you the basic setup.  A SIAM conference has three types of sessions: plenary, mini-symposium, and contributed. Each is 1-1.5 hours. There are usually only one or two plenary talks at the same time, but there may be dozens of parallel mini-symposium sessions — commonly called “minis”. Each mini has 3-5 talks, which are 25 minutes each. Picking an interesting one is always a challenge.

Paul Constantine, one of my collaborators, came up with an interesting solution. If you are organizing a mini-symposium, take responsibility for advertising it at the conference.  His method of doing so was to prepare small, business card-like handouts and distribute them to people you run into at the conference, in line for coffee, etc.

The info on each card was:

  • (Front) The day-of-week, the time of the mini, the title, the organizer info, and the conference.
  • (Back) A list of the titles and speakers, along with their time-slot.

Once at the conference, you can just hand these out to people who might be interested in attending the mini; and you can give them to the speakers in the mini to distribute them as well!  This is a great way of trying to build attendance for your mini.

To help others prepare these, I created a latex template file to generate a two page business card template.

https://gist.github.com/2936930

This template has info filled from my next mini-symposia.

I think this can be improved! So as a challenge to any interested readers, please fork the gist, make your improvements and post them back here. If you do use it, please post a comment. I may improve it on my own too and that’ll help motivate me to keep in touch about it.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to A latex template for hand out cards for SIAM minisymposia

  1. Pingback: How to Organize a SIAM Minisymposium ←

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s