Session Types

Panel Session

A panel session consists of participants examining a topic followed by questions from audience members.

  • No formal presentations or abstracts
  • 4-6 participants - can include introduction, panelists, and discussants
  • 100-minute discussion
  • Session room will have an LCD projector and digital HDMI switcher with the following connections: Mini DisplayPort, VGA to HDMI, and HDMI; please use a 16:9 aspect ratio to format slides
Note: Please do not ask your participants to submit an abstract for a panel session, as it will be treated like an unsessioned paper and placed into a paper session that has space.

Paper Session

A paper session includes a series of individual presentations followed by discussion.

  • 20 minutes per paper (time includes 15 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion)
  • 5 presentations per session, or 4 presentations and 1 discussant
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session
  • For paper sessions that do not use the full 100 minutes, additional presentations may be added after the submission deadline to complete the time
  • Session room will have an LCD projector and digital HDMI switcher with the following connections: Mini DisplayPort, VGA to HDMI, and HDMI; please use a 16:9 aspect ratio to format slides
  • Presenters must provide or coordinate use of their own computers/laptops

Note: If you require other types of audio/visual equipment, please contact Oscar Larson at meeting@aag.org.

Poster Session

Posters are exhibited for informal browsing with opportunities for individual discussion with poster authors. Graphic materials will be displayed on a 4' x 8' poster board supplied by the AAG. Since a poster format is best when your material can easily be communicated visually, text should be limited to brief statements. 

  • Each presentation should make a unified, coherent statement
  • Materials, both textual and visual, should be of professional quality and be clearly legible from a distance of four feet (4')
  • 4' x 8' poster board (landscape-oriented only)
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session

Illustrated Paper Session

An illustrated paper is a short oral summary of problem, data, method, and findings presented in poster format, followed by a one-on-one or small group discussion with interested listeners. Each presenter will post illustrations and other relevant materials on a poster board supplied by the AAG. All oral summaries will be given at the beginning of each session before participants disperse to the poster boards around the room. 

  • 3- to 5-minute presentation for each participant
  • 8-12 presentations per session
  • 4' x 8' poster board (landscape-oriented only)
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session

Interactive Short Paper Session

The interactive short paper (ISP) session is a larger group of very short presentations summarizing research or studies in process in a particular field. It provides the audience with rapid and intensive overview of research and also allows for more in-depth discussion among presenters and the audience.

  • 10-14 presentations per session
  • 5-minute presentation for each
  • 30- to 45-minute interactive roundtable discussion following presentations
  • Maximum of 10 PowerPoint slides per presentation 
  • Abstracts for each presenter are required and are presented during session
  • Session room will have an LCD projector and digital HDMI switcher with the following connections: Mini DisplayPort, VGA to HDMI, and HDMI; please use a 16:9 aspect ratio to format slides
  • Presenters must provide or coordinate use of their own computers/laptops