Session Chair Procedures

Thank you for being a session chair.  Your role as a session chair is to assist the smooth flow of your session, including ensuring that
  • the session environment is free of distractions
  • the equipment for speaker support (lighting, audio-visual equipment, and microphones) is satisfactory
  • you help facilitate the scoring of student presentations
  • the speaker talks follow the program schedule and stay on time

Operational Procedures

  1. Please familiarize yourself with the audio-visual equipment in the room.  You should plan to be in the room 15 minutes before your session and during scheduled coffee breaks to help authors who may need assistance in setting up their personal equipment.  A microphone and laser pointer will be available.  Please leave these items in the room for the next session. If you should need a timer, a limited supply are available at the registration desk.
  2. EMC has a student awards competition. Student papers may be scored by EMC committee members, invited organizers, session chairs, or experts in the field identified by the session chair at his or her discretion. Paper copies of score sheets for student papers will be provided to session chairs in the room for distribution. Session chairs are strongly encouraged to identify at least five eligible individuals to provide student scores prior to the start of the session (a minimum of five scores are required for students to be eligible for the competition, individuals should not score papers if they are the faculty advisor or co-author). Scorers should enter the score via the online system after finishing all scoring at the conference. Instructions for accessing the online scoring site are on the back of the scoring sheets. If you are given any paper copies of scores, they should be submitted to Daniel Wasserman or turned in at the registration desk no later than noon on Friday.
  3. Consult the Session Sheet (given to you and posted outside your meeting room) for the latest program information. It is the most up-to-date program schedule.
  4. At the beginning of your session, make any general announcements, including any known program changes. At the beginning of each talk, introduce the Speaker. If a presentation is by a student, please note that it is a student presentation when introducing.
  5. Presentations are for a total of 20 minutes (17 minutes presentation and 3 minutes for questions.)  If your session has invited talks, they are 40 minutes (35 minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions.) As a courtesy to attendees and other speakers, interrupt the speaker if he/she is not finished at the end of his/her time.  It is important to maintain published program times in order to maintain the alignment of parallel sessions.

  6. If you have a “no show,” do not rearrange the schedule of presentations.  Use the open time slot for discussion or review.  Start the next presentation at the time indicated on your session sheet.


Thank you for your help!  It is very much appreciated.

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