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Theme: Protecting and Commercializing Future Technologies - The Future is Now!
Call for Proposals for the 2020 Annual Meeting
October 18-20, 2020
Philadelphia, PA

We are pleased to accept proposals for sessions for the LES 2020 Annual Meeting, “Protecting and Commercializing Future Technologies — The Future is Now!”  The meeting will be held in October 2020 in Philadelphia.  Proposals are due January 15, 2020.

Proposals for 2020 should be directed to topics that are true to the theme of the program — that is, topics of practical significance on technologies and products that have newly emerged into the marketplace.  Through your submissions and those of others, we are planning a program that will educate the LES membership on issues that, while once merely the province of the future, now (or will shortly) confront the licensing professional on daily basis.

Session types and topics. Panels, workshops, and interactive discussions will make up the content of the meeting. A few topics have already been identified by the LES membership as being of interest.  Please feel free to submit a proposal directed to one of these:

  • Commercializing Big Data and Machine Learning Networks for Life Scientists (and Everyone Else!)
  • Design Protection on Emerging Technologies
  • Forces Majeur -- Commercializing Technologies in an Era of Trade Wars, Nationalization, Regional Conflicts, and Climate Change
  • Small Things that Solve (and Create!) Big Problems -- Addressing (Un)foreseeable Problems in Commercializing Nanosensors and Nanoparticles
  • It is Rocket Science -- Negotiating Liability and Indemnification in an Era of Robotic and Computer-Assisted Medicine, Autos and Product Design
  • Emerging Technologies Poised to Change the Energy Industry
  • Understanding and Exploiting Secondary Markets for High Tech, Life Sciences and Other Technologies
In order to provide the best experience for attendees, presentations should bring a variety of viewpoints to a topic. Consider including representatives from a cross section of the LES membership, including but not limited to private industry, government, and academia; and, as appropriate, representing diverse perspectives, e.g., intellectual capital management, licensing, business development, legal, and regulatory viewpoints.

General Guidelines
Commitment. Presenting a session at the LES Annual Meeting requires commitment to the organization on several levels:
  • Educational – sessions must be of educational benefit to members, not promotional presentations
  • Organizational – session leaders must secure speaker commitments, prepare presentation materials, and communicate logistics in a timely fashion. Please refer to the timeline below for specific expectations.
  • Financial – workshop speakers are required to cover the cost of their participation by paying the registration fee.
As part of the submission process, you will be asked to acknowledge your agreement to following these commitments and conveying them to the presenters associated with your submission.

Selection. Proposals will be reviewed by peers on the organizing committee. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate:
  • Complete panels with all requested content and speaker information
  • Speakers from diverse professional settings
  • Interactivity with attendees
  • Applicable across industries
  • Educational intent (not promotional presentations)
Due to time and space constraints, not all submissions can be selected for the meeting.

Requirements. Each session at the 2020 Annual Meeting must comply with the following requirements:
  1. All moderators and speakers are responsible for all travel expenses and must register for the meeting and pay the registration fee.
  2.  LES must be immediately notified in writing of any speaker changes, which are subject to approval by the Planning Committee.  For presenters who must cancel, they must find a replacement speaker. Cancellations may impact future session selection.
  3. Each session must have at least 3 speakers. Panels must have a moderator and 3 or 4 speakers.
  4.  There can be no more than one speaker from the same organization in any session.
  5.  Each person can only speak in one session per meeting.
These conditions must be satisfied for session acceptance and maintained to make the final program.  Non-conforming panels may be removed from the program.

Acceptance Notification
Notification of acceptance will be sent to the submitter after the conclusion of review the week of March 16, 2020. At that time, submitters will be notified by email of their acceptance.

  • January 15, 2020 – Deadline for Proposal Submissions at 6 PM Eastern time.
  • March 16 through April 1, 2020 – Acceptance notifications sent via email to submitters; confirmations due within 7 days of notice
  • April 15, 2020 – Session leaders must confirm all speakers in order to remain on the program
  • September 15, 2020 – Speaker registration fee increase
  • September 28, 2020 – Group rate expires at Loews Philadelphia Hotel
  • September 30, 2020 – All speakers must be registered for the meeting and confirmation forms must be completed online
For any questions about the LES Annual Meeting or the proposal submission process, please contact 2020 LES Annual Meeting Chairs at [email protected] or Eleanor Nelson, LES Meetings Director at [email protected].   We look forward to reviewing your submissions.  Thank you.
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