A major feature of the European Space Weather Week (ESWW) is the live contribution made by the participants. Topical Discussion Meetings (TDMs) are a principal programme component providing this by creating arenas for engaging debate. Topical discussions on the newest insights in space weather, on the challenges and threats that space weather can cause, emerging new science - all of these and more are relevant and eligible for TDMs at ESWW.
N.B. As noted in this year’s TDM call, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the PC and LOC are investigating ways in which TDMs may be supported in a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting - thus this information is only here as a guide at this stage and is subject to change. TDM Proposers will be provided with guidance on the final form of event delivery by 31 July 2021.
A TDM aims at active and engaging participation and interaction between the participants. The participants work and discuss on a predefined theme or problem ideally heading towards an outcome or target.
Discussion - Slido
At this point it is envisaged that TDM Convenors will have a Slido for their session which will allow for the option to submit questions or comments for the discussion both in advance and during the TDM (this works for both the in-person and virtual attendees alike). Convenors will be expected to make a single-slide/small poster to introduce the TDM, give the background of the relevance of the TDM, the type of the TDM, what the TDM expects to achieve, and also who the designated Topic Introducers will be.
Adding a question is as simple as clicking the link of the TDM of your choice, type a question, optionally (ideally) give your name, and send the question. You can also vote for an already-asked question to increase the attention to that question (upvoting).
The discussion doesn't have to stop when the TDM ends: we are looking into options of keeping this open for a short time beyond the end of ESWW.
TDM Convenors must provide a report on their TDM. These reports will be made available on the ESWW webpage as soon as possible after receiving them. Please check the ESWW2019 <https://www.stce.be/esww2019/program/tdms.php> for the reports of the previous ESWW meeting.
For TDM Convenors
A key part of the European Space Weather Weeks are the Topical Discussion Meetings. These meetings provide the opportunity for interested participants to address key issues in a style that complements the sessions but differs substantially as it is much more interactive and participatory. Topical Discussion Meetings are open to all ESWW participants.
TDM Format guideline
A working meeting is a 1h 15min (or 1h) informal meeting with NO abstract submission form and therefore NO poster contributions.
The purpose of a TDM is the encouragement of open discussion on a specific topic of general interest, augmenting a Plenary or Conference Theme. Proposed TDM descriptions are to indicate key questions and issues that will be discussed.
As a guide, three types of TDM format are described, each of which is known to have worked well in stimulating open discussion. Convenors proposing their TDM will nominate their use of one of these formats. In exception, a Convenors may propose an alternative format for consideration which in their opinion will better suit their topic, where it can be demonstrated that the form of the meeting encourages open discussion and records audience participation.