Thank you for chairing a session at the 7th International Nitrogen Initiative Conference 2016.

Whilst we don’t anticipate any changes please check the program again here prior to your session. You will also find the program details in the Conference App and in the printed Pocket Program.

Below are some tips to assist you with the chairing process:

Most importantly, please ensure you start and finish all presentations on time and keep to the order in the program.

Before the Session

  • Abstracts will also be available on the conference app.
  • A printed copy of abstracts will also be provided in each room for the session chair.
  • Please go to your session room 10 minutes prior to the start time to meet the presenters, to familiarise yourself with the room and to introduce yourself to the AV Technician allocated to your room. There will be a technician in the room throughout the session who will assist with uploading presentation files for each presenter and troubleshooting technical issues should they arise.
  • There will be a space reserved for the session chair in the front row of each room with time cards (5 minutes, 2 minutes, 1 minute), and a bell for signalling the end of each presentation.
  • Advise the presenters that you will be signalling the time and ringing the bell when they have to stop.
  • Presenter’s will load their presentations with the AV technician in the Speakers Prep Room (Olympic Lounge, located on level 3) or with the in room technician at least 2 hours prior to the commencement of their session. If they have not done so, please direct them to the technician.
  • Presenters will be asked to sit in the front row of the session room so they can move to the lectern quickly at the end of the previous presentation.
  • You will be advised of any housekeeping items or program updates by the registration staff or committee. Please announce these at the beginning of the session.
  • There will be a Q & A microphone. Please ask a member of the audience to be a ‘microphone runner’ if required or direct delegates asking questions to go to the microphone.

During the Session 

  • Begin the session on time by asking that all electronic devices are turned to silent.
  • Please use your phone to keep to time (your phone is more accurate than having individual clocks).
  • Please use the lectern microphone to introduce the presenters and at the end of the presentation for questions.
  • Introduce each presentation with the title, the presenter names and affiliations.  If you are chairing a plenary session, please introduce the Keynote Speaker with their biography which will be printed and in the room for you.
  • If a presentation is withdrawn, a presenter does not arrive, or a presentation finishes early do not bring the next presentation forward, use the time for questions. Delegates will be planning to come to presentations based on the published session times.
  • Ensure each session starts and finishes on time.
  • At the end of each presentation, be prepared to ask a question if no questions are forthcoming from the audience and if time allows.
  • Do not ask any questions if the presenter has used all their allocated time.
  • At the conclusion of the session, thank the presenters.
  • Use any remaining time for questions and discussion.  Some of the Impact Sessions have some additional time available for questions, please ensure you keep the conversation going until the end of the session.
  • If you have any queries, please direct these to the registration desk during the conference, or email [email protected] prior to the conference.

Session Chair example communication

“Good morning everyone.  My name is John Smith and I am a Senior Research Scientist with Agriculture Victoria, a Research and Extension division with the Victorian Government.

Co-Chair to introduce themselves

Our current session is titled: Global impacts of reactive nitrogen.

We have 10 excellent papers to be presented this afternoon. There are 6 ‘Feature’ presentations, where the speakers have been allocated 12 minutes each, and if they meet this time requirement, there will be 2 minutes for specific questions.

The remaining 4 speakers will be giving ‘Impact’ presentations, where they have been allocated 3 minutes each. These papers also have a corresponding poster, and so we would encourage you to meet with the authors during the poster sessions to follow up with specific questions.

If time permits, we will be happy to take some additional questions at the end of the session.

I would like to welcome to the stage”