How to organize an ECS


This document has two purposes: (a) to tell potential bidders who want to host future ECSs what is involved in organising an ECS; (b) to guide the successful bidders in organising the ECM.

The ECS Organising Committee should include:

  • Chair of the ECS
  • Secretary
  • Honorary Treasurer (providing financial oversight on behalf of the LOC and the ECA)
  • Chair of the Scientific Committee (if different from the Chair of the ECS)
  • Local organisers

Members of the Bursary Committee to have at least:

  • Chair of ECS
  • Secretary of ECM
  • Chair of the SC (if different form the ECS chair)
  • Chair of the previous ECS
  • ECA ExecComm representative – preferably Education Cooridinator
  • GIG3 representative

Responsibilities of the Organizing Committee

  • Setting up the Scientific Committee
      • ECS Chair
      • ECA President, Immediate Past-President, Education Coordinator, and SIG Officer
      • Chairs of the previous and following ECSs
      • GIG3 representative
  • Financial organisation
  • Sponsorships
  • Poster exhibition
  • Social activities
  • Abstract Book
  • Keeping deadlines

Deadlines for the Organising Committee

  • After the successful bid: convene the Organising Committee
  • 18 months before ECS: convene the Scientific Committee
  • 12 months before ECS: website of the ECM should be open
  • >9 months before ECS: apply to IUCr for support of bursaries
  • 9 months before ECS: registration starts
  • 8 months before ECS: convene the Bursary Committee
  • 6 months before ECS: information of bursary applicants about the result
  • 1 months before ECS: Abstract Book has to be ready for preparing hard copies in required numbers and USB stick copies

Responsibilities of the Programme Committee

  • Decision on the topic(s) of the ECS
  • Decision on the lecturers

Deadlines for the Programme Committee

  • Previous year ECM: discussion/decision on the lecturers/programme of the ECS
  • Posters and poster prizes

The scientific programme should be agreed by the Programme Committee and be sent for review to the Executive Committee before it is announced.

No one, except the ex-officio members (ECA President, Past-President and SIG coordinator, etc) should serve in the Programme Committee if they were members of the Programme Committee in either of the past two ECSs.

Deadlines for participants

  • Application for financial assistance (six-eight months before the ECS)
  • Abstract submission (in case there are posters, it should be bound with the application for financial assistence)
  • Early registration (four months before the ECS)
  • Regular registration (four months to a month before the ECS)
  • Conference (and students) accommodation (four months before the ECS)
  • Cancellation (a month before the ECS)

The website

Website address should be the conventional: ecsXX.ecanews.org

The DNS of ECANews has been modified so that the ECs websites can be reached also with the “alias” ecmXX.ecanews.org, where XX is the number. Organisers of future schools will have to contact ECANews webmaster for technical details.

The ECS website is the responsibility of the organisers.

Electronic organisation

  • On-line registration
  • On-line accommodation booking, room, sharing
  • Bursary submission and evaluation
  • Abstract submission and evaluation (in case there are posters)
  • Abstract Book
  • Printed, (CD) or Pen drive

The previous version of the guidelines can be accessed here.