12. Structure of a Session

A session would usually comprise 3 speakers delivering a paper of 20 minutes length. In a one & a half hour session this would allow for 10 minutes of questions following each paper. The chair should meet with the speakers before the session starts and review the order of presentations, the audiovisual requirements, time limitations and politely remind speakers that English is not the first language for many IASA delegates or speakers. Speakers should be encouraged to speak slowly particularly if simultaneous translation is being provided. The chair should introduce each speaker with a brief biography. It is the chair’s responsibility to ensure that all speakers have their allotted time and that the session does not overrun. The chair should encourage discussion during the question session. The chair should also ensure that the speakers sign any release forms required. Sessions may comprise between two and four speakers.