Session Chair, Moderator, and Discussant Responsibilities

Chairs

  • If not the session organizer, the chair should review the presentations and author information in advance of the Conference
  • The chair should ensure that the discussant has been able to review all presentations and will limit comments to a total of 15 – 20 minutes within the session
  • The chair opens the session, introduces each presenter, and moderates audience participation
    • Audience participation should take place at the end of the session
  • The chair must ensure that equal time is allotted to presenters
    • 20 minutes each for a session with three presentations and a discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with four presentations and a discussant
    • 20 minutes each for a session with four presentations and no discussant
    • 15 minutes each for a session with five presentations (the role of discussant will not be included)
  • The chair will complete the online report form as requested by the association to inform on the number of attendees and any changes from the programme (author no-show, change in order of presentation, etc)
  • As a CSA-SCS Conference participant, the chair must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies
  • Chairs are encouraged to review the blog ‘Modest proposal for conference participants

Moderators

  • Panels moderators have the responsibilities of a chair in terms of introductions and time keeping as well as keeping order in the discussion between panelists and the audience
  • He or she may also lead the panel discussion and pose questions to the panelists

Discussant

  • The discussant must communicate with the session organizer or chair to obtain copies of the presentations in advance of the Conference
  • The total time allotted to the discussant is limited to 20 minutes for a three presentation session and 15 minutes for a four paper presentation
  • As a CSA-SCS Conference participant, the discussant must comply with the association membership requirement and congress delegate policies
  • Discussants are encouraged to review the blog ‘Modest proposal for conference participants