The Call for Speakers for the 43rd SAPICS Conference 2021 is now closed

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CALL FOR SPEAKERS 2021

This conference will be hosted online from the 24 – 26 August 2021.

We invite you to share your best practices, learnings, solutions, case studies and to deliver your thought leadership presentations and white papers to the delegates at the SAPICS Conference. Your knowledge and proficiency will contribute to the event and to the SAPICS supply chain community.

SAPICS has been providing an exceptional platform for supply chain professionals in Southern Africa to exchange knowledge and practical experiences for 43 years.

Please read below for submission criteria. Submissions will be open until the 8th March 2021.

SAPICS 2021 LEARNING PILLARS:

Herewith some suggested learning Pillars and possible topics for the 43rd Conference:

Presentations which directly promote specific products, services or monetary self-interest will not be selected. SAPICS does, however, offer exhibition space for this purpose.

THE FOLLOWING PRESENTATION FORMATS WILL BE CONSIDERED:

Please read the speaker guidelines outlined below before submitting a proposal. Submissions which do not contain all the required items will not be reviewed. 

THE IDEAL SAPICS 2021 SPEAKER

SPEAKER GUIDELINES.

The Annual SAPICS Conference and Exhibition is looking for speakers who can provide relevant and topical content that enhances knowledge, generates new thinking, new ideas, and stimulate discussion.

DEADLINES

8 MARCH 2021: Speaker submission deadline (early submission is recommended)

22 MARCH 2021: Notification of acceptance or otherwise.

1 AUGUST 2021: Submission of white paper and presentation visuals.

PROCESS

To apply, please either complete the process online via the SAPICS website –  www.sapics.org.za.  The application must clearly indicate if the paper is being submitted for the Annual Conference and if it may be considered for other events or webinars during the year.

DON’T WANT TO SUBMIT THE SUBMISSION ONLINE?

You can download the pdf speaker submission form here:

PDF SPEAKER SUBMISSION FORM

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION STEPS:

  • Step 1:

    Enter abstract information into the form, including session name, audience level, learning objectives, primary keywords, and abstract text (fewer than 300 words).

  • Step 2:

    Enter presenter(s) details, including contact information, a brief biography, prior speaking experience, and social media links (optional).

  • Step 3:

    Review and approve the previous steps, read and sign the presenter terms and conditions, and submit your abstract.

  • Step 4 (Documents/Details required per speaker to complete the submission):

    The completed submission form must be accompanied by the following:

    Speaker biography (150 words in narrative form, not CV format please) – per speaker.  The narrative should ideally be written in the 3rd person.

    Colour Photo – jpeg format – (head and shoulders preferably and high resolution)

    Previous speaking experience (but do not be deterred if you have not spoken at a conference before)

    Link to video of a previous speaking engagement (1st 3 slides of a presentation) or pre-recorded example of your speaking ability. If not available please record a brief introduction – no more than your name, job title, where you work and what your proposed topic is to be.

    • Details of published works (if any)
    • Session objective
    • Abstract (50–100-word paragraph)
    • 3-4 bullet points summarising delegate takeaways

WRITTEN PAPERS

Written papers are requested from all speakers but not mandatory. White papers are wholly encouraged however and highly sought after. Please indicate on the submission form if you are planning on providing a white paper if selected to speak.

Speaker Awards will be presented at the closing of the conference on24th August at the closing event.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN SELECTED.

Speaker fees are not paid. However, full free conference registration will be awarded to all presenters.

Finally, by submitting the application you are agreeing to the terms and conditions below.

We look forward to receiving your submission and to learning from you!

The submitted paper attached to this form is provided to SAPICS under the following terms and conditions.

  1. The Speaker Selection Committee, at its sole discretion, will determine the acceptability of the submitted presentation. In addition, the Conference Committee will determine whether or not to publish a submitted paper either in whole or in part.   SAPICS agrees to provide the author of the submitted paper appropriate credit if the paper is published.
  2. Authors of the submitted work/paper freely give to SAPICS permission to publish the submitted work/paper in any media so selected free of any compensation and/or royalty claims.
  3. Authors of the submitted work/paper testify that the submitted paper does not contain confidential and/or proprietary information not owned by the author.
  4. Authors of the selected work/paper testify that the work is original and has not been used at previous events in South Africa.
  5. Speakers must adhere strictly to the duration selected on the application form. Time should be allocated by the speaker for questions and answers within this duration.
  6. Persons submitting an abstract are doing so with the understanding that they agree to abide by the conditions, deadline policies and the decisions of the Conference Committee.
  7. Once the submission has been accepted, the accepted speaker agrees that this presentation shall be used exclusively for the SAPICS 2021 Conference and that only after it has been presented at this conference may it be presented at other events in South Africa.
  8. If for any reason an accepted speaker is subsequently unable to attend the Conference, substitutions will NOT automatically be accepted, and the paper and substituted presenter shall be accepted solely at the discretion of the Speaker Selection Committee.
  9. The written paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document for publication in the conference proceedings. Papers will be edited and formatted before being returned to the author for final approval.
  10. Presentations must be in Microsoft PowerPoint format and utilise the standard conference template provided by the Conference Secretariat. The PowerPoint presentations will also be published online post conference together with the written paper where applicable.
  11. A proposal should not be submitted unless the speaker is available to appear on any day of the SAPICS Conference.
  12. Under no circumstances should the conference’s podium be used for direct promotion of a speaker’s product, service or for monetary self-interest.

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