Whether you want to ensure the event runs smoothly, get a behind-the-scenes look at the conference or simply make new friends within the SAS community, you can find the perfect volunteer opportunity.
You never know where volunteering will take you, who you will meet or how it will enrich your life unless you do it!
Jennifer Waller, SAS Global Forum 2016 Conference Chair
No experience or some volunteer experience at SAS® Global Forum?
These positions are for morning or afternoon sessions with a two- to four-hour time commitment.
Room coordinators help the lead room coordinator with speaker introductions, timing the presentations, transitions between speakers, making sure presentations are showing on the projection screen, and enforcing room capacity control.
E-poster room coordinators help attendees find and view e-posters as well as announce the end of Meet the Presenters sessions.
Hands-On Workshop room coordinators help the lead Hands-On Workshop room coordinator with speaker introductions, timing the presentations, transitions between speakers, making sure presentations are showing on the projection screen, and enforcing room capacity control.
Hands-On Workshop facilitators assist attendees working on computers. Knowledge of the presentation content is helpful.
Want to be more involved?
You have experience as a room coordinator and want to take on more responsibilities. These positions require more time commitment.
Lead room coordinators delegate responsibilities to room coordinators, who ensure that: biographies are in the room for introductions; presentations start and end on time; room doesn’t exceed capacity limits and is a comfortable temperature; and attendance counts are taken. Morning or afternoon sessions are a two- to four-hour time commitment.
Presenter coordinators are the main contact for a group of presenters. This position has responsibilities before and during the conference. The presenter coordinator communicates deadlines to presenters (papers, copyright grants, presentations), checks proceedings papers, works with lead room coordinators, prints attendance sheets and presenter bios for introductions, loads presentations to session laptop, and checks presentation rooms to make sure room hosts are present. To be considered for this role, you need to have been a section chair at a prior conference (regional, PharmaSUG or SAS Global Forum) and submit your name by Nov. 1 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees can schedule shifts to fit their conference schedule and interests through the online volunteer system.