General Chair

The General Chair, or the two General Co-Chairs, are responsible for selecting and inviting all the other conference chairs, and for the successful planning and delivery of the conference. The General Chair/s become, by virtue of their role, members of NIME's Steering Committee.

Before the conference

Selecting Chairs

Finding chairs for the various specific roles is one of the most important things to do early on for the general chair(s). We have seen that it may help to have two chairs for each position, possibly with one local and one international member working together.
This helps avoid biases in the selection review and selection processes, and when having to take important (and difficult) decisions that need discussion. Particularly for the roles of paper and music chairs it can help to have two people for each role to share the workload. This, of course, is based on good communication between the chairs.
We suggest to set up mailing lists for each chair, with also the general chair(s) being copied into the discussions so as to ensure that progress is happening.


Gender parity (and also diversity): It should be addressed at all parts of the organization, and also at all times, including the actual realization of the conference. It is important to encourage the community to reflect on the importance of these matters in order to deepen the awareness that simply reducing it to numbers (e.g. striving to include as many women as men) is worthless if not accompanied by the acknowledgment of the importance of each individual's contribution. It is also important to promote actions that strive to create equal opportunities to all participants by compensating unforeseen biases.


Many NIME participants are traveling on a budget, so it would be good to come up with suggested accommodation alternatives in the lower price end. This can include anything from university student housing to cheap hotels.
To allow participants to suggest accommodation and/or to contact each other about sharing apartments, etc., it may be useful to set up some kind of e-mail list or web forum (e.g. on Facebook). It is better to leave the mailing list for general announcements.
To be able to record presentations and performances, remember to include consent forms regarding GDPR and copyright.

During the conference

The most important role of the general chair is to act as a host. You should not plan to do anything in particular, nor be operationally responsible for anything. You will be swamped by all sorts of questions anyways, and should have extra time to just talk to people, talk to journalists, etc.

After the conference

Report to the SC

The conference organizer should at the end of the conference prepare an evaluation report for the steering committee. This evaluation report is mainly going to discuss various issues that can be valuable for future organizers. This may include:
  • practical matters:
    • economy
    • web page
    • conference management system
  • content:
    • paper/music selection
    • conference profile
One way to help the drafting of the evaluation report is to open an online NIME Conference Survey on the last day of the Conference to all attendees, in order to collect detailed feedback and information on the conference. The most important thing is to understand what went well, and what can be improved.
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