Wednesday, 30 September 2009

VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM IN SECOND LIFE

CALL FOR PAPERS

FOR A VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM IN SECOND LIFE

ADVANCES IN GREEN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

February 8-15, 2010


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Speakers and authors are invited to submit one paragraph abstracts (400 words maximum) describing proposed presentations on green science and technology. Presentation topics may include studies in basic research, pilot work on emerging technologies, or position papers describing future directions in research and development. Papers describing the use or manufacture of alternative fuels, energy or resource conservation, improvements in transportation technologies, green chemistry, cleaner manufacturing and more sustainable product development, the production of electricity with reduced emissions, and waste management with fewer environmental impacts are appropriate. Other topics will also be considered. Suitable presentations will include balanced discussions of key "green" features such as environmental impacts and sustainability. Scholarly reviews are solicited and selected manuscripts will be published. This symposium is in open format; contributors should not submit presentations describing confidential or proprietary information.

Extended Abstracts (three pages or less) will be published in a Book of Abstracts available to registrants at the Symposium. Presenters are encouraged to submit appropriate scientific papers no later than the beginning of the Symposium. After acceptance, peer-reviewed papers will also be published either in a suitable journal or book, Advances in Green Science and Technology, edited by Dr. D.W. Tedder, School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0100 USA.

WHY A VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM?
A virtual symposium has many advantages when compared to a traditional symposium. First, costs to speakers are greatly reduced because travel and hotel expenses are entirely eliminated! It doesn’t matter where you are physically located, if you can log onto secondlife.com, then you can present. Second, the time commitment to present is greatly reduced. Typically, at least 1.5 to 2.0 actual days of travel time are required to present a 30 min talk in real life. In addition, time is required to prepare visuals and make the presentation. The time commitment to make a virtual presentation is greatly reduced because travel time is completely eliminated! It is still necessary to prepare visuals (e.g., powerpoints), and some time is required to transfer your visuals into second life, and to learn how to use your avatar to make the presentation, but the time commitment is greatly reduced when presenting in virtual reality. Third, the audience is potentially much larger using virtual reality. Each technical session will be recorded, and the recordings will be available through the web. Even if interested parties are not able to attend your session when it is actually recorded, they will be able to access the session through the internet. So your audience is international in scope and potentially in the thousands.

Avatar training and support will be provided to minimize your time commitment to learn how to present effectively in virtual reality. Once recorded, your presentation may be edited and used to advertise and promote your technology.

TIMELINE - Presenters should submit one-paragraph abstracts for review and acceptance as soon as possible, but no later than December 31, 2009. Extended abstracts (three pages - CAMERA READY COPY) should be submitted no later than January 15, 2010 in order to make them available to registrants at the Symposium.

FORMAT - One-paragraph abstracts should include: Title, List of Authors, Affiliations, Mailing Address of speaker, Phone number and Email of speaker. The speaker's name should be underlined in the List of Authors. A succinct one-paragraph description of the proposed topic (400 words or less) is required. Authors should focus on factual descriptions, scientific relevance and lasting value.

One-paragraph Abstracts may be submitted by December 31, 2009, to: Dr. Romane Levee at romane.levee@gmail.com or by visiting Dr. Levee in SL at the Society office in VIO.

Presenters should prepare to orally present a talk consisting of powerpoint visuals that does not exceed 30 min in length. Sessions will be recorded and the recordings made available to interested parties after the Symposium. Formal papers will be peer reviewed and selected papers published after revision.

ABOUT THE SOCIETY FOR GREEN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
The Society is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, scientific, and literary purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal Tax Code. To this end the Society shall organize symposia, meetings, and other educational forums, and publish proceedings, books, and journals to advance the public and scientific awareness of green science and technology, to the benefit of the public, researchers, and engineers and scientists who are dedicated to the development of sustainable and renewable technologies for the benefit of mankind and the welfare of the environment and plant earth.

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