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.

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