Instructions for Session Chairs

​​​​​plenary sessions

Generally each speaker has 25 minutes + 1-2 questions. It is up to you if you will have questions after the presentations or at the end of the session. Please prepare 1- 2 questions for each speaker.

As the chairperson you are responsible for:

  • Introduction of speakers; Name of speaker, title and country.
  • Keeping time schedule​. Please alert the speaker as the approach their time limit.

​symposia​ sessions

Generally each speaker has 15 minutes + 1-2 questions. It is up to you if you will have questions after the presentations or at the end of the session. Please prepare 1- 2 questions for each speaker.

As the chairperson you are responsible for:

  • Introduction of speakers; name of speaker, title and country.
  • Keeping time schedule. Please alert the speaker as the approach their time limit.​

debate sessions

The debate is a type of session that has the intention of illustrating the lack of evidence or absolute knowledge in our profession.

  • The chairperson introduces the opponents. Name of speaker, title and country.
  • The opponents each have 10 minutes initially to make their case. Then another 5 minutes for rebuttal.
  • The chairperson should prepare some questions for opponents – however  it is important to invite questions from the audience at this point.
  • It the chairpersons duty to keep time.
  • At the end of the session a jury from the junior members of the ERS will deliver the verdict and the victor will be presented. 

​round table sessions

  • The round table is a format where the participants sit at a table in front of the audience.  The idea is to encourage interactivity within the group and with the audience.
  • The moderator is responsible for the session and crucial for the outcome.
  • The moderators are free to organise the sessions in whatever format they prefer. 
  • The session should be patient based, preferably based on clinical cases. It is ok to include short lectures (5min) on topics related to the cases.
  • The moderator has to contact the participants of the round table to give instructions and relay the organisation of the round table.
  • The moderator should encourage interactivity with the audience.
  • If you feel that you need more information do not hesitate to contact the organisers. 

​free paper sessions

Free paper sessions - short:

Each speaker has 3 minutes (only 3 slides are allowed) + 1- 2 questions. Total time 5 minutes per speaker. As the chairperson you are responsible for:

  • Introduction of speakers; Name of speaker, title and country
  • Keeping time schedule. Please alert the speaker as the approach their time limit.
  • Prepare one question for each abstract – if there are no questions from the floor.

Free paper sessions – long:

 Each speaker has 7 minutes + 1- 2 questions. Total time 9 minutes per speaker. As the chairperson you are responsible for:

  • Introduction of speakers; Name of speaker, title and country
  • Keeping time schedule. Please alert the speaker as the approach their time limit.
  • Prepare one question for each abstract – if there are no questions from the floor.

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