Information for Chairs

For all sessions, chairs are asked to do two things. Firstly, the chair acts as the Master of Ceremonies for the session, ensuring everyone keeps to the allotted time. Please be very strict about timing, so that everyone has an equal opportunity to present their work. Secondly, the chair is an enabler of interaction and discussion – this is one of the most important aspects of a research conference, so please foster discussion actively. Specific details for different session types are outlined below.

Symposia
Your role is to manage the smooth flow of the symposium. Introduce presenters and discussant, and check everyone knows the timing. Each of the three presenters and the discussant has 20 minutes. This will leave 10 minutes for an open discussion with the audience, which is your responsibility to facilitate. In every conference room, you will find three coloured cards with 5 minutes, 2 minutes, and TIME’S UP written on them, so that you can give the presenters a clear indication of the available time left.

Paper Sessions
Your role is to manage the timing of the presentations and check that everything runs smoothly. Introduce yourself to the presenters and encourage them to upload their presentations before the session begins. Remind them of the timing: with three presenters, each one has 25 minutes, including time for questions. We recommend preparing for a 20 minute presentation and allowing five minutes for questions following each presentation. At the end of the session, there should be at least 15 minutes for general questions and a discussion with the audience. In every conference room, you will find three coloured cards with 5 minutes, 2 minutes, and TIME’S UP written on them, so that you can give the presenters a clear indication of the available time left.

Research Design Forum Sessions
Your role is to manage the timing of the presentations and check that everything runs smoothly. Introduce yourself to the presenter and the two senior scholars and encourage them to upload their presentations before the session begins. Remind them of the timing: presenting the research design within 30 minutes, the senior scholars have 15 minutes each to present their feedback. At the end of the session, there should be 30 minutes time for an interactive discussion with the audience. In every conference room, you will find three coloured cards with 5 minutes, 2 minutes, and TIME’S UP written on them, so that you can give the presenters a clear indication of the available time left.

PechaKucha Sessions
Your role is to manage the timing of the presentations and check that everything runs smoothly. Introduce yourself to the presenters and encourage them to upload their presentations before the session begins. Remind them of the timing: a each of the six PechaKucha presenters has 10 minutes for their performance, followed by 30 minutes time for an interactive discussion with the audience. In every conference room, you will find three coloured cards with 5 minutes, 2 minutes, and TIME’S UP written on them, so that you can give the presenters a clear indication of the available time left.