How to Organize A Symposium: Tracking Digital Footprints

Aktay Sayim (2017). How to Organize A Symposium: Tracking Digital Footprints. Turkish Studies, 12(21), 1-14., Doi: Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.7827/Turkishstudies.12301

The most basic task of creating and sharing of information, and the presentation of the results and experience of scientists’ research is the most important duty of scientific functions alongside learning from one another. Symposiums, in this context, have emerged as a rather important means of exchanging and debating current scientific information through publishing and sharing it. Symposiums are organized and hosted by various universities across Turkey. Each university sets up a regulatory board for the symposium, and each symposium is held at that university for the first time. Challenges can thus sometimes be experienced with necessary symposium preparations, websites, technical processes, and the planning of activities, etc. The profiles of symposium participants needs to be defined in order to provide more concrete predictions for a diverse array of symposiums. As this study is qualitative, the document analysis technique was used. According to the findings of the research, symposium participants focused their attention primarily on transportation and accommodation, registration fees, important dates, the symposium programme, and published notices. Of those showing interest in the symposium, most were between 25 – 34 years of age, followed by 33 – 44 and 18 – 24 years of age. It appears that most of the participants were from Turkey, Russia, and the United States of America. Participants mainly used Windows, Android, and iOS-based communication systems, and the number of those using mobile devices were on par with those using desktops and laptops.