Session Chair Info

All speakers must pay the registration fee to speak and attend the Annual Meeting.
All sessions will take place either at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) or The Conference Center (TCC).

General Information

Please watch these training videos
prior to coming to Seattle
EQ Tutorial
Session Equipment Tutorial

[ 6:07 ]
Podium Software Tutorial
Podium Software Tutorial

[ 2:07 ]

Please check the
Technical Program Schedule
to view presentation titles and times of your session.

On behalf of the Joint Technical Program Committee for the 2017 Annual Meeting, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your agreeing to serve as a session chairperson for the upcoming meeting. The success of the technical program relies to a large degree on efforts such as yours.

We encourage you to attend a Session Chair Orientation provided on-site for all session chairs. These sessions are designed to assist session chairs with tips and to answer all questions in order to ensure their sessions are successful. It would be helpful to have at least one chairperson from every session attend an Orientation Session.

Orientation Hours
Washington State Convention Center, Room  613/614
Saturday 21 Oct 3:30–4 p.m.
Sunday–Tuesday 22–24 Sept 12:15–12:45 p.m.

During each orientation, instruction will be provided on:

  • Speaker timer (D’san Limitimer)
  • Projector operation
  • Laptop/LCD projector operation
  • Light, sound, and temperature control
  • No-show speakers
  • Use of student volunteers
  • Chairperson Attendance Form
 
All speakers must pay the registration fee to speak and attend the Annual Meeting.
All sessions will take place either at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) or The Conference Center (TCC).

Guidelines for Success

  1. START AND END PRESENTATION ON TIME.
  2. Prior to start of session, meet the student volunteer assigned to your session.
    If you know how to deal with a problem yourself, please feel free to do so.
    Otherwise, the student will be the "runner" for your session in case of equipment failure.
  3. Announce at the beginning of the session that each paper will be finished in time to allow for adequate discussion.
    If the speaker has not finished on schedule, we expect you to end the presentation so that the paper may be discussed.
    If time allows, encourage discussion after each paper!
  4. Other Announcements:
    1. no smoking
    2. no personal recording devices in session rooms
    3. cell phones should be set to silent mode
  5. Basic time for the talk is 12 minutes.
    The timer is set with a warning coming on at 12 minutes.
    Allow 3 minutes for a Q&A period and logistical time to get on and off the stage.
    If the paper is longer, for example 20 minutes, the 3-minute warning will come on at 17 minutes.
  6. If a speaker fails to appear, do not pass to the next paper.
    Instead, call for a break or discussion until the scheduled time for the following presentation.
    No substitutions of one paper for another. (The reason for this is because meeting attendees create schedules to visit certain talks. In order to accommodate all meeting attendees, please keep all talks on schedule.)
  7. Presenters will advance their own presentation.
  8. Encourage the audience to take seats at the front of the room and to fill empty seats.
 
All speakers must pay the registration fee to speak and attend the Annual Meeting.
All sessions will take place either at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) or The Conference Center (TCC).

In Case of Emergency

The building security will be in charge. In the unlikely event that you might need to use the exits, please identify their locations before you start the session. If an announcement sounds over the loud speakers, the message may not be clear inside a room, so please have someone else check the message. Stay in control of the podium and instruct the audience to remain seated. If you are being asked to evacuate the building, instruct the audience to exit calmly to the right or to the left.

Any emergency requiring medical, police or fire assistance should be directed to the Washington State Convention Center. Call the central Security office at extension 5127 from a house phone, or from cell phone dial +1-206-694-5127. Do not dial 911 

Annual Meeting Office Student Volunteer Office Speaker Ready Room
Room 401 Room 306 Room 303
Washington State Convention Center

 

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