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Session Types

Select one the following presentation types for information on alloted times, available equipment, and other logistics:

Abstract and Session Submission Deadline: December 3, 2013

Paper Session

Each paper is allotted 20 minutes for presentation and discussion. Paper sessions are limited to five presentations.  Abstracts for paper presentations are presented in paper sessions.

  • 20 minutes per paper (time includes presentation and discussion)
  • 5 presentations per session
  • Presenters must furnish their own computers/laptops
  • A digital projector will be provided in each meeting room at no charge

If you require other types of audio/visual equipment, please contact Oscar Larson at

Illustrated Paper Session

An illustrated paper is a short (3- to 5-minute) 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 at the poster. All oral summaries (8 to 12 per session) will be given at the beginning of each illustrated paper session before participants disperse to the poster boards around the room. Each presenter will post illustrations and other relevant materials on a 4' x 8' poster board supplied by the AAG. Abstracts for illustrated paper presentations are presented in Illustrated paper sessions.

  • 3- to 5-minute oral presentation followed by discussion at individual posters
  • 8 to 12 presentations per session
  • AV consists of 4' x 8' poster boards only

Poster Session

Use the poster format for your presentation when your material can easily be communicated visually. 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'). Graphic materials will be displayed on a 4' x 8' poster board supplied by the AAG. Text should be limited to brief statements. Presentations consisting mostly of text are most appropriate as paper presentations.  Abstracts for poster presentations are presented in poster sessions.

  • Posters are exhibited for informal browsing with opportunities for individual discussion with poster authors
  • 30 to 40 posters per session
  • AV consists of 4' x 8' poster boards only

Interactive Short Paper Session

The format of the Interactive Short Paper (ISP) Session allows for ten to fourteen 5-minute paper presentations involving a maximum of 10 PowerPoint slides per presentation summarizing research or research in progress in a particular field, followed by a 30- to 45-minute interactive roundtable discussion among presenters and the audience. This type of session has become popular at other meetings as it provides the audience with rapid and intensive overview of research and also allows for more in-depth discussion among presenters and with the audience.  Abstracts for interactive short paper presentations are presented in interactive short paper sessions.

  • 5-minute presentation
  • 10-14 presentations per session
  • Digital projector and computer with PowerPoint software is provided at no charge

To facilitate the smooth transfer from one presentation to the next, ISP Sessions include a computer and a digital projector. There will be no overhead projector or slide projector available in ISP sessions.

Panel Session

Panel Sessions consist of 4-6 participants, with no abstracts. These sessions are 100-minute discussions among the panel and audience members. Formal presentations are not to be part of panel sessions, and panel sessions do not have abstracts associated with them. 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.