For a comprehensive guide, please download the slides and the Frequently Asked Questions for the Annual Meeting session "Orientation for Session Chairs and Discussants".
Your role as a "session leader" in a traditional paper session
may be formally defined as Chair or Discussant.
Where there is a separate Chair, this person handles
introductions and time keeping, and the Discussant guides the
content of the session.
Preparing for the Session:
- Check for changes to your session.
- Check the Online Program and the Program Addendum for any updates/changes to your session.
- Papers will continue to be withdrawn even until the actual sessions take place at the Meeting. Please check periodically for withdrawn papers in your session(s).
- Make sure everyone gets copies of the papers (authors should
also get copies of other papers to promote a panel
- Assist presenters who do not have a laptop or cannot bring a
laptop to the meeting by coordinating with the other presenters who
do have a laptop. Laptops are required for presentations in a
traditional paper session.
- Contact the presenters in advance of the annual meeting to
ensure that they are all set for their presentations.
- If there is a Discussant, coordinate to set up debates,
themes, puzzles that could be addressed and carried through the
- Discuss the session structure and time usage with presenters
well in advance.
During the Session:
- DO NOT give the standard boilerplate about time and take up too
much time doing it. Tell the presenters the rules before the
- DO start out with a few words about the subject matter of the
session and how each paper will contribute toward exploring that
- Create an informal first-name atmosphere in the session to
- To ensure fairness, session Chairs must shut down presenters
who do not conform to the prescribed time limits.
Annual Meeting Roles:
The Presenter Role
Session Leaders in a Discussion Paper Session
The Presenter's Guide
Onsite Session Participation