21st International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2012), Prato, Italy, August 29-30, 2012

Chairing a Session Guidelines

Thank you for agreeing to Chair a session and assume this responsibility. Much of the success of the conference will rest on the efficient and consistent execution of our presentation sessions. Recognise that you are the leader of the session. You are the one everyone will turn to if there are problems among your presenters or within your audience.

An attentive, well-prepared Session Chair can help ensure that the presentations run smoothly and to time, and facilitate the discussion of a paper so that the audience appreciates the entire session. The following guidelines will help you run your session.

In the unlikely event that one of your presenters cancels at the very last minute please keep to the schedule. This can prove very helpful to the program. At issue here is maintaining the published schedule. When a presenter drops out after the schedule is published, and attendees have made plans as to which talks to attend, a disruption caused by an empty slot can snowball across different tracks and disappoint people who really wanted to see other presenters in your session. So, rearranging the order of presenters should not be done lightly without consideration for the effect on attendees.

Prior to your session

When your session begins

During each presentation

At the end of the session

Thank you again for your help