Session Chair Info

On behalf of the Joint Technical Program Committee for GSA Connects 2023, 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. To help prepare for your session, please take the time to read our Session Chair Guidelines and watch the Session Chair Training Video posted below. These resources provide important information to guide you in running a successful technical session.

Read Session Chair Guidelines: How to Lead a Successful Session

Guidelines for Success

Highlights from Video Training

  • START AND END ALL PRESENTATIONS ON TIME, KEEPING THE ENTIRE SESSION ON SCHEDULE. Prior to the start of the session, introduce yourself to the student volunteer assigned to your session.
  • 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. Please be prepared to ask questions of the speaker if there are no questions from the audience. If a speaker fails to appear, do not continue to the next paper. Instead, call for a break or discussion until the scheduled time for the following presentation.
  • Repeat questions from audience. Make sure the presenter speaks into the microphone.
All presenters must pay the registration fee to present their abstract and attend GSA Connects 2023.
All sessions will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC).

Additional Information

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.

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 presenters
  • Function of student volunteers
  • Chairperson Attendance Form
Session Chair Orientation Hours
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Room 306 / 307
Saturday 14 Oct. 3–4 p.m.
Sunday–Tuesday 15–17 Oct. 12:15–1:15 p.m.

Please also watch these short training videos prior to coming to Pittsburgh:

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

Important Locations

GSA Connects Meeting Office Student Volunteer Office Speaker Ready Room
Room 401 Room 402 Room 309
David L. Lawrence Convention Center