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Guidelines for Speakers, Chairs, and Discussants

Chair of Sessions

The chair should confirm that speakers have loaded their presentations onto the computer prior to the start of the session.  Check that all speakers and discussants have arrived before starting the session.  You may re-arrange the order of the session presentations to ensure time is not wasted waiting for a speaker.  Please make sure you know the names and designations of the speakers and discussants before the session starts.  Given the interesting names and ways these are pronounced spend a little time before the session practicing correct pronunciation. 
Briefly introduce the name of the speaker, where they come from, names of co-authors and the title of the paper. Your main responsibility is to ensure the session starts and ends on time.  Each presenter and discussant has a maximum of 10 minutes. You will be provided with cards that show "3 minutes remaining", "1 minute remaining" and "time is up".   Please do not allow your session to overrun.  Sessions should not be extended into the breaks. A useful statement to ensure the sessions do not overrun is "if you want to talk further find the person during breaks".


Make sure you arrive a few minutes before the session starts and introduce yourself to the chair and check that your presentation is ready on the computer provided. Label your presentation with your last name, followed by an abbreviated title its title (e.g. "Gmel, G, Alcohol expectancies").  Please be considerate of your colleagues and stick to the time limit (10 minutes). After the discussants comments you will have 2-3 minutes to respond.


Please make sure you arrive a few minutes before the session starts to introduce yourself to the chair, presenter(s) and check your comments.  Please confirm the session in which you are a discussant when you arrive at the symposium as occasionally times have to be rearranged at the last minute.  The main role of the discussant is to identify comparative or contrasting themes in the two presentations and raise questions to open the discussion. Constructive comments will be helpful to authors in improving papers before they are submitted to journals and will enhance the quality of the discussion.  Take time before the session to make sure your comments will take no longer than 10 minutes. 

Session Format

Each session is divided into two parts.  Each part includes two presentations and comments by a discussant. The program is full, please respect your colleagues and ensure you stay to time.

Model Session Timetable (45 minutes total)

Presentation 1 (10 minutes)
Presentation 2 (10 minutes)
Discussant (10 minutes)
Response from presenter 1 (2-3 minutes)
Response from presenter 2 (2-3 minutes)
General discussion (time left)

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