One of the most critical steps in the process of organizing a symposium is that of coming up with a list of the issues to be discussed. This is a critical step because potential attendees are likely to make the decision on whether or not to attend the symposium after seeing the list of issues that are to be discussed at the event. If the issues to be discussed at a given symposium are interesting, then the symposium is likely to end up being very well attended. On the other hand, if the issues to be discussed at a given symposium are not very interesting, the symposium is likely to be very poorly attended.
While attempting to come up with a list of the issues to be discussed in a symposium, it is often necessary to make use of media reports. Through these media reports, you can get a good idea as to what the ‘emerging issues’ in the field are. Then you’d only have to include such issues in the list of the topics to be discussed in a symposium, and suddenly the interest of all potential attendees would be piqued. The nice thing about the issues that happen to get into the mainstream media report is in the fact that nearly all people tend to be conversant with such issues. And the nature of people is such that they will tend to be attracted to symposiums where the issues to be discussed are ones that they have at least some basic familiarity with.
At another level, while attempting to come up with a list of the issues to be discussed in a symposium, it is often necessary to make reference to the research journals. This way, you get a chance to understand what the ‘hot’ topics in the field are – these being the topics that you can subsequently bring up for discussion in the symposium. If you are unable to find the necessary journals in the local library or online, it may then be necessary to order for them directly from the publishers. This often has to be done very fast, as the time available to prepare for symposiums is usually limited. Thus, to get the journals on time, you may have to rely on a company like UPS (whose HR portal is www.upsers.com). After buying the necessary journals and engaging UPS to ship them to you, you’d just need to keep on undertaking UPS package tracking to see how well the shipment is going. You come to realize that companies like UPS can often turn out be very efficient at these sorts of mail delivery tasks.
And at yet another level, while attempting to come up with a list of the issues to be discussed in a symposium, it often turns out to be necessary to consult the experts in the field. These too can give you insights on what the currently ‘trending’ topics in the field are. Those then would be the topics that you’d include in your list of issues to be discussed at a symposium.