I got invited to be on the poster track program committee for a CS conference. Is it worth accepting the invitation if I am going to become a software engineer when I graduate?

Also, if I review the posters, should I put it on my resume? (I reviewed posters last year and didn't put it on my resume, but maybe I should.)

  • Your question title and description don't match. Program committee is different from review committee. – Coder Sep 1 '17 at 4:16
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    The email I got said "Invitation to WWW 2018 Poster Track program committee", and proceeded to outline my responsibilities as a reviewer. – user79256 Sep 1 '17 at 4:48
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    @Coder In Computer Science the PC is very frequently also the review committee. – xLeitix Sep 1 '17 at 5:59
  • @xLeitix Yes. I agree, as I also belong to the CS cluster. However, in the question it is unclear. Sometimes, reviewers of CS conferences are not part of the program committee. I think OP should edit the question to make it clearer. – Coder Sep 1 '17 at 7:11
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    @xLeitix Sure but "I got invited to review" is a very different thing from "I got invited to be on the program committee". The former sounds like what would be referred to as a sub-reviewer in the CS community, i.e., somebody who was asked by the program committee to review a single submission. This would be analogous to being a referee for a journal, whereas the program committee is analogous to the editorial board). – David Richerby Sep 1 '17 at 9:13

You might address this as a 'return on investment' type of problem.

Your investment: you will need to put in some time in reviewing the articles, writing down your findings, perhaps communicating with the rest of the programming committee, etc. How you value this investment depends largely on how much time you have available, how much you enjoy (or dislike) reading the articles on this particular topic, how experienced you are in reviewing, etc.

Return: you might learn something from reading the articles, you might feel that it is benevolent to contribute to science, and it might be relevant for your CV. Again, the value of these depends on your particular situation. Is the conference topic relevant for your career? Do future employers care about these type of activities? Do you care about contributing to science?

The value of the different elements will vary for everybody (depending on their personality and situation), so it is impossible to provide a generic answer.

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