Useful Instructions to Help You in the Abstract Submission Process

1. Create a profile that will allow you to add and edit your abstract submissions.

2. Select the audience level: Basic (requires little or no experience in the topic); Intermediate (requires moderate experience, Advanced (calls for solid knowledge of the topic) or All Levels.

3. Provide learning objectives: Three to four bullet points describing what other can take back to their facility from your experience such as content, methods, tools and techniques, results noted to date, lessons learned, etc.

4. Select the presentation or paper type: LSS Applications and Training or LSS Research and Education Track

5. Select the topic under LSS Applications and Training Track

  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics and Supply Chains
  • Government and Nonprofit
  • Service Systems and Retail
  • Lean Six Sigma Training

6. Select the topic under LSS Research and Education Track

  • Process Improvement
  • Product and Service Design/Development
  • Creating and Sustaining a Lean Six Sigma Culture
  • Lean Six Sigma Education and Pedagogy
  • Administrative Lean in Academia
  • Emerging Topics & the Future of Lean Six Sigma

7. Enter the title for your presentation and/or paper: Your title should communicate the program content and capture the reader’s interest. Do not exceed 10 words. 

8. Create an overview of your abstract that represents your talk in a way that drives interest to the attendees. This description is used in the promotional literature and viewed by attendees. Do not exceed 200 words. 

9. Provide a brief bio for speaker one and/or two: Include name, title, company, location, education, etc.

10. Session time slots: 30 minutes
Combined sessions without a break to form a single 60 minute presentation, are limited to special talks, featured speakers and panel discussions. 

11. Submit abstract: Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 30, 2018 and additional information will follow. ELSS presenters will then have the opportunity submit a paper. 


Writing a Good Abstract  

Good conference presentations tell a story. They begin by presenting a problem to be solved and making a case for why the information being shared is important to the audience. The speaker then presents the solution through storytelling. An abstract is the same approach but in short form.

Good abstracts should concisely define a problem and briefly outline the story that presents the solution. The brief story outline should be composed in such a way that readers can quickly understand the main points they will take away from the presentation. The goal is to convince the reader why the presentation is worth attending (or even being included in the conference).