ASCE Sharpens Meetings Management

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 10, Pg. 70-75

Document Type: Feature article


ASCE has scored some remarkable successes recently at its meetings—for example, record attendance of 4,400 at the 1977 Annual Convention, and at Coastal Zone '78, some 50% more attendees than any prior specialty conference. Causes are explained. Believing it can do still better the Society is considering revising National Convention formats. holding regional conferences so more members can attend, offering more staff support. Many meetings are dead, boring—consist of an engineer reading his paper; some radically different formats are being tried, with encouraging results. Also needed is a topic of prime professional interest to a large group of practicing engineers; case histories of such meetings are given. Look for a meeting topic that is interdisciplinary and/or controversial; get as speakers top representatives of each view, and as conference organizers a representative of each view.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Coastal environment

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