Session Chairs Guidance

Welcome and thank you for volunteering to serve as a Session Chair for RSECon24! Your role is crucial in ensuring the smooth running of the conference sessions, contributing significantly to the overall success of the event. Below is detailed guidance to help you prepare for and execute your responsibilities effectively.


As a Session Chair, you will be responsible for moderating a single 75-minute session. Your duties include:

  1. Introducing Speakers:
    • Briefly introduce each speaker or group of speakers, including their name, affiliation, and the title of their presentation.
    • Provide any relevant context or background to set the stage for the presentation.
  2. Managing Time:
    • Ensure sessions start and end on time.
    • Use time cards or a timer to notify speakers when they are nearing the end of their allotted time.
    • Politely intervene if a speaker exceeds their time limit to keep the session on schedule.
  3. Facilitating Q&A and Discussions:
    • Ask questions from Slido on behalf of the audience. Volunteers will assist in moderating and curating these questions.
    • Ensure that any follow-up discussion remains respectful, professional, and within the time limits.
    • Encourage a balanced discussion, giving both in-person and remote attendees the opportunity to participate.
  4. Thanking Speakers:
    • At the end of each presentation, thank the speakers for their contribution.
    • Encourage applause and acknowledgment from the audience.
  5. Coordinating with Technical Staff and Volunteers:
    • Work with the technical staff to ensure smooth transitions between presentations.
    • Coordinate with volunteers to manage any technical issues, such as AV equipment or connectivity problems.

Before the Session

  • Review the Session Schedule: Familiarize yourself with the session schedule, including the order of presentations and the time allocated for each.
  • Prepare Introductions: Have a brief introduction prepared for each speaker.
  • Check Technical Setup: Arrive at the session room early to check the technical setup and ensure everything is working properly.
  • Meet with Volunteers: Introduce yourself to the volunteers who will be assisting you and discuss the plan for the session.

During the Session

  • Start on Time: Begin the session promptly by introducing yourself and outlining the session structure.
  • Maintain Flow: Keep the session running smoothly by managing transitions between presentations and ensuring speakers adhere to their time limits.
  • Moderate Q&A: Use Slido to select and ask audience questions. Ensure questions are clear and relevant to the presentation.
  • Handle Issues: Address any technical or logistical issues promptly, coordinating with volunteers and technical staff as needed.

After the Session

  • Close the Session: Thank all speakers and attendees for their participation.
  • Report Issues: Inform the conference organizers of any issues that arose during the session that may need to be addressed for future sessions.

Key Points to Remember

  • Respect and Professionalism: Maintain a respectful and professional demeanor throughout the session.
  • Time Management: Keep strict adherence to the schedule to ensure all speakers have their allotted time.
  • Engagement: Foster an inclusive and engaging environment for both in-person and remote attendees.

Contact Information

By following this guidance, you will help ensure that each session runs smoothly and that both speakers and attendees have a positive and engaging experience. If you have any questions or need assistance at any point, please reach out to us at [email protected].

Thank you once again for your commitment and contribution to RSECon24.

Last Modified: 2024-07-10 13:46:37