Description of Sessions - Oral Presentation

All formats are of equal importance and value to the conference

Type of Session

Description of Session


Duration: 30-90 minutes

Mixture of formats, e.g. lecture with audience-submitted questions, interview session, or panel discussion with questions from delegates. Intended to be interactive vs. traditional speaker-focused lecture format.


Duration: Variable – 120 minutes, half-day or full-day

A formal gathering featuring multiple experts delivering short presentations on a particular theme or topic. Symposiums are open to a diversity of perspectives. Presenters may suggest a specific theme or topic and would be expected to act as the lead, responsible for designing the symposium with assistance from the Host Organization, suggest invited speakers, and select other presenters from the Call for Paper process. Symposiums can be scheduled for varying lengths, depending on the number of speakers.

Research Presentations

Duration: 1.5 hour Session (90 minutes)

1.5 hour session with four or five 15-minute presentations with the remaining 15 to 30 minutes for discussion.


Duration: 45 minutes

20-minute presentations followed by 25 minutes of roundtable dialogue. Roundtables may have up to three shorter presentations of varying perspectives (all presentations should total no more than 20 minutes in order to leave 25 minutes for dialogue). Sessions may be moderated.|
*Language - Roundtable sessions may be presented in English, French, Mandarin or Spanish


Duration: 45-90 minutes

Workshop leaders present a project currently under development followed by a peer review and input. Presentations are limited to 20 minutes. Peer review may be conducted by workshop participants or invited guests/critics.

Pecha Kucha

Duration: 20 minutes

Subject presented in 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, 6 minutes and 40 seconds followed by 13 minutes of dialogue. Themed sessions of up to 4 presenters (80 minutes) may be grouped together.
Slides can include pictures, drawings, illustrations, etc.


Description of Session - Poster Presentation

There is also the opportunity to submit an abstract for Poster Presentation. Abstract Poster Submissions is open to Student Researchers only. However, Student Researchers may also submit an abstract for Oral Presentation (please see above).

Type of Session Description of Session
Poster A presentation of information on a series of posters that may include drawings, photographs, charts, graphs, and textual data relating to a specific subject. Presenter is present at the poster session for dialogue with delegates at specific times