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Session Types

Panel Session

A panel session consists of panelists examining a topic among the panel followed by questions from audience members.

  • 4-6 participants
  • 100-minute discussion
  • No formal presentations
  • No abstracts accepted

Note: Please do not ask your participants to submit an abstract for a panel session, as it will be treated like an unsessioned paper and placed into a paper session that has space.

Paper Session

A paper session is comprised of a grouping of individual presentations followed by discussion.

  • 20 minutes per paper (time includes 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion)
  • 5 presentations per session, or 4 presentations and 1 discussant
  • Presenters must furnish their own computers/laptops
  • A digital projector will be provided in each meeting room at no charge
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session
  • Submitted sessions must use all 100 minutes of allotted time. For paper sessions that do not use the full 100 minutes, additional presentations may be added after the submission deadline to complete the time.

Note: If you require other types of audio/visual equipment, please contact Oscar Larson at meeting@aag.org.

Illustrated Paper Session

An illustrated paper is a short oral summary of problem, data, method, and findings presented in poster format, followed by a one-on-one or small group discussion with interested listeners. Each presenter will post illustrations and other relevant materials on a poster board supplied by the AAG. All oral summaries will be given at the beginning of each session before participants disperse to the poster boards around the room. 

  • 3- to 5-minute presentation for each participant
  • 8-12 presentations per session
  • 4' x 8' poster board (landcape-oriented only)
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session

Poster Session

Posters are exhibited for informal browsing with opportunities for individual discussion with poster authors. Graphic materials will be displayed on a 4' x 8' poster board supplied by the AAG. Since a poster format is best when your material can easily be communicated visually, text should be limited to brief statements. 

  • Each presentation should make a unified, coherent statement
  • Materials, both textual and visual, should be of professional quality and be clearly legible from a distance of four feet (4')
  • 4' x 8' poster board (landscape-oriented only)
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session

Interactive Short Paper Session

The interactive short paper (ISP) session is a larger group of very short presentations summarizing research or studies in process in a particular field. It provides the audience with rapid and intensive overview of research and also allows for more in-depth discussion among presenters and the audience.

  • 10-14 presentations per session
  • 5-minute presentation for each
  • 30- to 45-minute interactive roundtable discussion following presentations
  • Maximum of 10 PowerPoint slides per presentation A digital projector will be provided in each meeting room at no charge
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session

Note: There will be no overhead projector or slide projector available in ISP sessions.