CHAIR GUIDELINES

DUTIES OF SESSION CHAIRS

Your key tasks are:

Plenary lectures are 45 minutes and generally not followed by questions.  In some plenary sessions with 2 speakers, each should be allowed 20 minutes for presentation.  Invited speakers in review session are allocated 30 minutes and abstract presenters are allocated 15 minutes.  All timings are listed in the programme app. 

Prior to your Session:

Prior to each session:

Following each presentation:

At the end of the session:

Poster Pitch Sessions
Poster Pitch sessions are fast moving sessions with multiple presenters.  The concept is for each presenter to ‘defend’ their poster in rapid format, with only 1 slide.  Presentation time is limited to just 5 minutes and the presenter MUST stop after this time.  We will provide timer and an alarm or bell so that the time limit can be clearly announced.  Please introduce each speaker as above, but do not permit questions.  At the end of each session, attendees can vote for the best pitch presentation, via the congress app.  Winners will be announced at the Closing Ceremony on Wednesday 1 May. 

Guided Poster Sessions
Guided poster sessions are designed to showcase the best poster abstracts as identified by the Programme Organising Committee (POC).  The idea is to tour relevant posters from each track and initiate discussion with poster presenters and delegates.  Please ask poster presenters to briefly outline their poster and work, and ask relevant questions.  Encourage delegates to participate in discussions.  Please ensure that you visit each guided poster during the session, these posters will be clearly marked and are also listed in the programme app and abstract book.  Refreshments will be served during these sessions. 

EASO Patient Representatives
Representatives of the EASO ECPO (European Coalition for People Living with Obesity) will co-chair some sessions, with the additional role of introducing the session or providing comments at th end.  If your session is included in this initiative, please ensure that you give ample opportunity to the patient representatives.

Important Dates
  • Abstract Submission Opens 01 September 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline 28 December 2018
  • Congress Date 28 April - 01 May, 2019
  • Early Registration Date 15 February 2019
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