Guidelines for Chairpersons
Meeting participants may be nominated by the appropriate convener(s) or asked by the meeting organizers to act as chairperson of a particular scientific session. The quality of the scientific program rests in great part in the hands of the session chairpersons. Below is a brief description of the duties of the chairpersons. Please also see the Guidelines for Authors.
Due to author copyright privileges, it is prohibited to take photos of and/or to copy electronically any scientific material both during oral and at poster sessions, without the expressed permission of the author(s). Chairpersons and the conference assistants should be watchful that these rules are adhered to.
A conference assistant will be present in the lecture rooms "Jupiter Auditorium", "Saturn Room", "Uranus Room" and "Venus Room". These assistants will help the chairpersons and speakers in setting up the speakers' computers or installing the presentation files on the lecture room computer, and will help with slide shows if needed.
Conducting the Session
The chairperson is responsible for conducting the session on time (a timer device is available in the lecture room to help with this.). The times indicated in the program schedule for each presentation is the total time for presentation, discussions and change over. The chairpersons should open and close the session on time. S/he should ensure that the speakers of the session are present and that they are able to make their presentations without disruption. The chairpersons are also responsible for moderating the question-answer and discussions.
Verification of Presenting Authors
Prior to each presentation the chairpersons should verify that the individual to speak is listed in the program as one of the authors.
In view of the multiple parallel sessions, the time schedule of the session should be strictly kept. The conference assistants may help the chairpersons with the use of the timer device provided in the lecture room. Any disruption in the schedule is extremely annoying for those wishing to attend only selected presentations. Therefore, if a gap should occur in the time schedule, it is suggested that the chairpersons stimulate discussion on the previous talks or seek short oral introductions of relevant poster papers.
Each lecture room is equipped with an autonomous presentation set-up. Authors may either upload their electronic presentation to the Lecture Room Notebook Computer (preferred method) or they may use their own computer for their presentation (a small number of ports is available for this option). Authors who wish to give a presentation using their own computer, must connect these to the VGA Panel near the speaker's desk in the order of presentation. The chairperson must verify that the switch connecting the Notebook Stations with the beamer is switched to the correct number before the corresponding contribution is presented. Authors should test their presentations prior to the start of their session. Please avoid set ups or pull downs of personal computers during the session.
Chairpersons of poster sessions should gather and guide the audience from poster to poster in the order of their appearance, and they should invite the authors to present their posters for some minutes and stimulate discussions afterwards.
Any program changes received after the program book has been readied for print will be included in the "Daily Program": this revised session program is shown outside of the corresponding lecture room well before the session starts. The Chairperson will receive her/his copy from the assistant, and s/he is kindly asked to return it after the session. Any last minute modifications should be noted in these programs by the chairperson.