Should I contact the RIPE Programme Committee or a RIPE Working Group Chair?
A RIPE Meeting agenda includes plenary sessions followed by RIPE Working Group sessions.
RIPE Working Group (WG) Sessions:
RIPE Working Groups deal with issues of specific interest to the Internet community. They meet in dedicated sessions from Wednesday to Thursday at RIPE 80. Each WG has a Chair or co-Chairs and its own mailing list to facilitate discussion.
Working group Chairs are tasked with evaluating presentation proposals that are specific to their WG charter. Each WG has a specific technical focus and allows for a variety of presentation and discussion formats. If you have a topic that you would like to present on or discuss during a WG session, you should contact the relevant WG Chairs directly.
RIPE Plenary Sessions:
RIPE Plenary sessions are scheduled on the Monday, Tuesday and Friday of the RIPE Meeting and are composed of presentations selected by the RIPE Programme Committee (PC) from contributions proposed by any interested person(s).
Plenary presentations are generally focused on a variety of topics or technologies of current interest to the Internet community at large. Contributions could be technological developments of general interest, trends in operational practices, academic/industry research results, and reflective state-of-the art analysis or opposite future perspectives.
The RIPE PC evaluates plenary presentation proposals, submitted via a dedicated submission system. Presentation proposals can take the following forms: plenary presentation, tutorial, workshop, BoF (“Birds of a Feather”) or lightning talk.
For plenary sessions, presenters should keep in mind the type of audience RIPE Meetings attract and what the current hot topics are. The PC guides the community on the types of presentations they are looking for. The PC sends a “call for presentations” by email three months before a meeting, which is also posted on the RIPE Meeting website. The PC is open to proposals that fall outside of the suggested topics, and encourages such submissions.