Guidelines for chairs, presenters and discussants

Keep time: each session runs for around 1 hour 50 minutes. If your session consists of 4 papers, then you will have about 15 minutes presentation per paper, 4 minutes for each discussant in total and 10 minutes discussion per paper. If you are chairing a session with five papers, then please move presentations along faster.

Sometimes your session will have fewer papers in it. In this case, please do not take more time for the presentation or for the discussant's comments. This will allow attendees to move to other sessions at the end of the last paper. Also, follow as much as possible the order on the programme, as participants may like to move between sessions to listen to papers of their interest.

Guidelines for discussants

  • Please do not summarise the paper, or use slides
  • Pick up two or maximum three points in order to start the discussion
  • Please keep to your allotted time

Guidelines for chairs

  • Please keep time during the session
  • Please keep the order of the presentation as printed
  • Please ensure the discussants are brief and to the point
  • Please organize the general discussion

There will be two cards available in each session. Please use them! We hope it will assist in time-keeping.

  • one yellow for a 5 minute warning
  • one red for a 2 minute warning

There are many useful articles offering advice on participating in and chairing sessions. Here are a few we've found to help you get started: