Caucuses provide an opportunity for scholars to innovate, share, and discuss emergent ideas that are still in the incubatory stage. Caucuses are designed to provide participants with opportunities to collaborate, develop new ideas, and explore emerging topics regarding the conference theme in a convenient, informal way to develop a community and spark potential collaborations. Caucuses’ deliberations are an informal exchange with facilitators rather than a designated presenter(s). The organizers typically serve as discussion leaders but do not make a formal presentation.
1. Caucuses do not have a requirement for authored papers. The submissions for a caucus should detail the ideas for discussion and the format planned by the organizers--typically no more than two pages in length.
2. Caucuses are more informal for members with shared interests to discuss common issues and explore potential research collaborations, whereas a panel symposium consists of a group of panelists in a formal interactive discussion.
3. Caucuses require documented interest from five AOM members including their affiliations and contact information; Symposia require sponsorship by a Division or Interest Group (DIG) or by the All-Academy Theme Committee.