6th Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society
6th European Conference on Applied Climatology
Ljubljana, Slovenia, 4 – 8 September 2006
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Guidelines for Conveners

COSIS Tools (overview of how to find and organize your assembly session on the web)

Detailed Instructions

Preparation of the "Call-for-Papers"
Advertising the Session Programme
Ranking of Financial Support Applicants
Organizing the Session Programme
Finalizing the Session Programme
Daily Programme


Conveners and co-conveners will be assisted by the staff members of the Copernicus Meeting Office and by the open, Internet-based Copernicus administration, service and information system (COSIS). Organization of each 6th EMS / 6th ECAC session will take place primarily on-line using COSIS. Parts of this web-based system are open only to meeting organizers who must log in using a COSIS ID-Nr. and a password. The Copernicus Meeting Office will provide the ID-Nr. under which each convener and co-convener is registered and a provisional password which the convener may change afterwards. The convener has the sole responsibility for ensuring that his/her address and phone, fax and email numbers are correctly entered into the COSIS system, and appropriate changes can be made online at any time.

Please, remember the URL addresses of the 6th EMS / 6th ECAC home site and of COSIS and your COSIS login data:


EMS 6th EMS / 6th ECAC home site: http://meetings.copernicus.org/ems2006
COSIS: www.cosis.net
My COSIS ID-Nr.: Password:

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COSIS Tools (overview of how to find and organize your assembly session on the web)

On this assembly home site, you will find the link "Programme" with the sublinks "Call-for-Programme" and "Call-for-Papers", which brings you to the overview of the programme areas for the assembly. Click the link of your choice to find the list of sessions for any given area.

Scroll down to your session to find its number and title as well as the names of its convener and co-conveners. The first string of links is for the public and the second one is exclusively reserved for the session organizers and Programme Committee members (COSIS login required). Below is an example of what you will see on the screen:

ST 18The title of the session
Convener:Aman, A.
Co-Convener(s):Bman, B.
Public Links:Information, Organizer, Schedule, Abstract Submission, Support Application, Accepted Contributions, Oral Programme, Poster Programme, Publication and Report
For Organizers & PC only:Organizer Session Form, Support Ranking, Contributions, Session Organization, Oral Draft Programme, Poster Draft Programme
(Active/accessible links are in bold)

The link "Organizer Session Form" allows uploading online any information or modifications regarding the title of the session, the session description, the scientific organizing committee, and the list of solicited speakers; all this information will be included online in the link "Information" of the public string. Moreover, the link allows uploading online your information about any "Publication" foreseen for your session and later on your "Report" about the session.

Any additions and/or modifications regarding the organizers of your session should be reported directly to the Copernicus Meeting Office, meetings@copernicus.org, since only the COSIS administrator can make appropriate changes. The information is included in the link "Organizer" of the public string. The actual addresses of the organizers, however, are uploaded directly from their own private COSIS home sites. Therefore, the organizers have the sole responsibility for ensuring that their addresses are correct.

Under the link "Support Ranking" all contributions submitted to your session by authors asking for support will be listed in the order of receipt by author(s), with title and abstract number. If you click the abstract number you will find the corresponding abstract as PDF file. The tool will then allow you to rank these contributions in view of their importance to your session. Your ranking will be forwarded automatically to the Support Selection Committee for final selection.

Under the link "Contributions" all contributions submitted to your session will be listed in the order of receipt by author(s), with title and abstract number. If you click the abstract number you will find the corresponding abstract as a PDF file. Once a paper has been accepted by you and the Programme Committee it will be uploaded in journal style and accessible for the public under "Accepted Contributions".

The tool "Session Organization" will enable you to organize your session according to the contributions received and to provide important input regarding your session for the Programme Committee. Once the Programme Committee has finalized the overall schedule of the assembly, you will need to finalize the oral and poster sessions of your session.

Finally, after you have finalized your session COSIS will automatically compile the "Oral Draft Programme" and the "Poster Draft Programme" for final inspection by you and your co-conveners as well as by the respective Programme Committee members. After approval the programme will then be uploaded for the public under "Oral Programme" and "Poster Programme", respectively.

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Preparation of the "Call-for-Papers"

  1. Note the title and the number of your session. The Programme Committee has carefully examined all proposed topics in order to set up a well-balanced programme. You should not change the topic or title of your session. Any changes may be made only with the agreement of your respective Programme Committee members.
  2. Note the name of the co-convener for your session. Many co-conveners are already confirmed, but please double-check their willingness to serve in the capacity indicated. If a co-convener has not already been selected and/or confirmed please do so immediately. Note that there should be only one convener and one co-convener for each session. In cases where more than one programme area is organizing, a co-convener from each body is permissible. Complete contact information for co-conveners must be supplied to the Copernicus Meeting Office.
  3. Finalize the composition of your scientific organizing committee. Ensure that all members are willing to serve and identify which ones represent the interests of particular areas in the case of co-sponsorship or when potential overlap between sessions has been identified. Organizing committee members should represent as wide a range of nationalities as possible.
  4. Solicit targeted speakers. In the case of refusals seek substitutes, although speakers may be approached also later. Upload information on solicited speakers in the appropriate box of the "Organizer Session Form". Note from the session timetable that the number of "full" solicited talks may be limited for your session.

Note that:

  • EMS does not use the word "invited" for papers presented at the individual sessions of each assembly. This is to avoid any misunderstanding since in some organizations an invitation to present a paper implies funding may be available. THIS IS NOT THE CASE FOR THE EMS ASSEMBLY. Being solicited to speak implies NO registration waiver nor financial support. Solicited speakers must follow the same procedure for applying for financial assistance, should they need it, as all other assembly participants.
  • Do not miss deadlines because of late responses from persons approached to be on your scientific organizing committee or to give solicited talks. Lists can be updated regularly on the web.
  • If you inform authors of papers, solicited or contributed, of possible preliminary scheduling for your session, make clear that dates and times may shift over the five scientific session days of the assembly once the programme is adjusted to accommodate the number of abstracts received by each session.

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Advertising the Session Programme

 It is the responsibility of each convener to advertise his/her own session throughout the scientific community interested in the topics covered and to inform colleagues about deadlines, abstract format and submission information, and the possibility of early registration and reservation of accommodation.

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Organizing the Session Programme

The abstract deadline is 12 May 2006. The Copernicus Meeting Office will post on the web the abstracts received for each session by order of receipt under "Contributions". Each convener is asked to organize his/her "Session Programme" based on the abstracts and information received from authors. Note that the session duration indicated on the web is the maximum time allocated for your meeting and must not be exceeded. Organizing an assembly session involves:

  1. adding contributions received by the convener but not by the Copernicus Meeting Office; corresponding abstracts should be uploaded directly online by the convener for inclusion with other abstracts on the web.
  2. dividing the contributions into the following categories:
    • accepted for solicited oral presentation
    • accepted for poster presentation (P), thereby contributions intended "poster" by their authors will automatically be honoured "poster" by the COSIS system
    • rejected (R)
    • recommended for transfer to another session or to the "Parking Session" (No Session)
    • acceptance of a transferred contribution or session, incl. contributions of the "No Session"

    Be sure to check the "No Session" abstracts from time to time in order to determine if any should be included in your programme.

  3. numbering of all contributions, oral and poster separately, in the preliminary order of their presentation. Conveners will be able to make necessary changes later in light of financial support accorded and other factors imposed by the Programme Committee.

    Note that:

    • The Programme Committee encourages the utilization of posters as an integral part of each session.
    • An attractive and accessible poster area will be made available for the meeting.
    • Conveners may want to make time available in their oral sessions for short poster summaries, e.g., one minute, one viewgraph. Each convener is free to decide whether to adopt this suggestion and then to upload contributions entitled "Discussion" or "Poster Summaries", respectively, into his/her oral session.
  4. forwarding any special requests to the Programme Committee, such as "preferred day of my session", "my session should be scheduled back-to-back/directly before the following session" etc.

    Based on input from the conveners, the Programme Committee will establish the final programme, taking into account whether certain sessions do not require or exceed the time allotted. Conveners will find the outcome of the schedule compiled by the Programme Committee on their session in "Session Organization, Part 3".

    Should a convener not return his/her revised session overview, his/her session will be organized and scheduled by the Programme Committee.

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Finalizing the Session Programme

 Each convener is requested to finalize his/her "Session Programme" in order to permit the Copernicus Meeting Office to compile the overall meeting programme according to the time allotted by the Programme Committee. Finalizing the programme involves:

  1. re-organizing oral vs. poster papers, if necessary, in view of the schedule defined by the Programme Committee,
  2. identifying a chair for each session, oral and poster, of the session (see "Guidelines for Chairpersons"). Thereby it is advised to select a speaker from another sub-session as chair person, it is not necessary that the convener(s) act as chairperson,
  3. re-organizing the allocation of solicited papers, taking into account coffee and lunch breaks,
  4. introducing session titles if desired, and
  5. forwarding to the Copernicus Meeting Office any new or modified information concerning the session, if the information cannot be uploaded online via the "Organizer Session Form".

    All authors will receive notification of paper acceptance, official paper number, and time and date of presentation through COSIS. Session programmes will be uploaded on the WWW ("Oral Programme", "Poster Programme") and they will be included in the programme book which will then be distributed to all registered participants at the assembly.

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Daily Programme

Changes in the "Session Programme" which occur after the deadline for printing of the programme book may still be included in the "Daily Programmes" distributed at the conference site. Modifications to session programmes which occur after the deadline and during the assembly should be reported directly to the session chair so that the "Daily Programmes" posted on session doors are as accurate as possible.

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Important Remarks

  1. All contributions included in the final "Meeting Programme" will be included in the abstract CD-Rom.
  2. Once the final "Meeting Programme" is uploaded onto the web, the programme book and the abstract CD-Rom will be generated and therefore no changes in the programmes will be accepted anymore!
  3. Once a session has been scheduled it must take place. Conveners have no right to cancel a session.


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