Guidelines for the Steering Committee of a SIGPLAN Event


All conference series that are sponsored by SIGPLAN must be organized by a Steering Committee (SC). The SC, working in partnership with the SIGPLAN Executive Committee (EC), is responsible for the overall organization and financial plan of each conference instance.

Responsibilities of the SC

  1. To appoint the conference General Chair and Programme Chair, after approval by the EC Chair and Vice-Chair.
  2. To provide help and guidance to the General Chair in selecting the site and date and preparing the budget, in collaboration with SIGPLAN’s liaison at ACM. Also to provide help and guidance with the overall technical organization of the conference.
  3. To request approval from the EC Chair and Vice-Chair whenever a major change is planned for the conference.
  4. To notify the EC Chair and Vice-Chair when the membership of the SC changes.
  5. To have a representative attend SIGPLAN EC meetings when issues relevant to the conference are under consideration.

Steering Committee Bylaws

The SC operates under a set of rules, which must be established by the initial steering committee and approved by SIGPLAN EC. These rules must include the following:

  1. Composition of the SC: the number of members serving, and the structure of the committee. (For example, the SC could be made up of the current and previous two General Chairs and Programme Chairs.)
  2. Committee member rotation: how committee members are rotated off the SC (how often, how many, and in what order).
  3. How the chair of the SC is determined.
  4. The schedule for the conference: how often and what time of year.

Important Email Addresses

SIGPLAN Chair: chair_sigplan@acm.org
SIGPLAN Vice Chair: vc_sigplan@acm.org
ACM Representative to SIGPLAN (Fran Spinola): spinola@hq.acm.org