The Program Committee meets in Chicago to discuss proposals from Friday, November 14, through Sunday, November 16, 2014. The notification schedule is outlined in the Program Committee's charge and breaks down as follows:
November 17-21: 2015 Program Committee initiates discussions with session proposers whose sessions require revision(s) if they are to be accepted.
November 24-28: Thanksgiving week; most communication halts over the holiday.
December 1-5: Continued communication about required revisions.
December 8-19 (tentative): 2015 Program Committee communicates with all session proposers and chairs and all poster proposers regarding the status of each proposal.
December 19-31: "Official" accept letters sent to each participant on accepted sessions and posters (i.e., each chair, speaker, commentator, moderator, poster presenter). Please allow up to 10 business days for receipt of letter.
December 18, 2014 - July 2015: Alternate proposals slotted on an "as needed" basis (i.e., substituted for a session that suddenly cannot go forward). There is no definite timeline for when alternates will be used because dropped sessions are unpredictable by nature. Alternates are slotted depending on timeframe and topic, so the chances of one alternate proposal being slotted over another cannot be determined.
April 15: Registration opens, and presentation times are available via the public conference schedule.
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