Overview of Session Types


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Session Types

The content in this section is meant to provide an overview of the session types for the purposes of brainstorming and generating ideas around potential submissions. Please refer to Preparing and Formatting Your Proposal Document for more detail on how to prepare your proposal for these various options before submission. Please keep in mind the four key submission rules: the Live Supervision Rule, the Rule of Three, the Diversity of Affiliation Rule, and the Ownership Rule when planning for your submission (see Eligibility for more information about these rules).

All sessions except posters can be submitted as either 50-minute or 80-minute sessions (posters must be 50 minutes). Please note that 50-minute sessions are much preferred in terms of scheduling. Fewer 80-minute session slots are available. Two 80-minute sessions should bring the equivalent value of three 50-minute sessions (i.e., an 80-minute session should be at least 50% better than an equivalent 50-minute session to justify its time on the schedule). If the content of your session can reasonably fit in a 50-minute session, it is strongly recommended you request that length when submitting.

Example debate proposal

Debates are an engaging way to present opposing views about a topic. Generally, a debate includes a chair (acting as a moderator) and presenters to represent each side of a controversial topic. The debate may consist of the chair stating a proposition, one side presenting affirming arguments, and the other side presenting dissenting arguments. Alternatively, the chair may pose pointed questions whereby the debaters share their conflicting views on the topic. Time for rebuttal and audience questions can be incorporated.

Example IGNITE! proposal

In this fast-paced session type, several experts on a focal topic prepare 20 auto-advancing slides for a 5-minute presentation. Typically, a maximum of 7 presenters is allowed, which should provide adequate time for questions at the end. Alternatively, proposals may elect for fewer presenters and a facilitated audience discussion/Q&A session upon completion of all presentations.

Example master tutorial proposal

The primary purpose of the master tutorial is to develop and educate the audience about a focal I-O topic. For example, they might provide an update on a content area, discuss a new statistical technique, or describe how knowledge from another discipline can be applied to an I-O problem or topic.

Example panel discussion proposal

Panel discussions should generate spontaneous interaction among panelists and between panelists and the audience in response to questions posed by the session chair. In a panel discussion, the chair plays a very active role, serving as the moderator who ensures that all panelists (generally three to five people) have the opportunity to speak. The chair can both pose questions and facilitate audience questions.

Example poster proposal

Poster sessions give participants opportunities to present individual or small group papers. For SIOP 2024, in-person posters will be presented during a poster session, where many authors simultaneously present their papers, primarily in a visual medium. Virtual posters will be uploaded a as a PDF and presenters have the option of presenting asynchronously through a pre-recorded video. Please note that non-empirical submissions advancing theoretical propositions ARE permitted.

Example symposium proposal

A symposium is a multi-presenter session including a well-integrated set of research, practice, theory, or teaching-oriented papers. In addition to the multiple presentations, a discussant that has expertise in the topic area often offers reflections on the presentations. Participants in a symposium include a chair, discussant and three to five presenters (five only if no discussant is included). Please note that discussants cannot be an author on any of the papers in the symposium.

Example alternative session w/ multiple papers
Example alternative session w/o multiple papers

SIOP highly encourages submission of proposals for innovative session types contributing to a program that is informative and invigorating, and that exposes the audience to new ways of disseminating, connecting with, and learning about key topics.

The following is an illustrative—though not exhaustive—list of alternative sessions to encourage ideas:

• Open Fishbowl: small group discussions or debates observed by a larger, surrounding group, with an open chair for audience members to cycle in/out of the discussion
• Mashups: a collection of seemingly disparate people or ideas, designed to highlight different perspectives to a common problem
• Open Space: a flexible format focused on an important purpose or task but without any formal agenda beyond the overall purpose or theme
• Reverse Debate: a format in which debaters take on and argue the alternative perspective from the one they possess
• Research Incubator: a few papers on a related topic are briefly presented, followed by the audience breaking into small groups to further discuss development of ideas and future research
• Competition Format: participants are recruited in advance to participate in a competition, with information shared with participants in advance and presentations in the session

This list of alternative sessions is not exhaustive, but all sessions must fit within a 50- or 80-minute format. We look forward to submitters’ ideas for memorable, unique, and compelling session types that will further SIOP’s mission.

Looking for Collaborators?

A few recommendations for connecting with other possible presenters include searching the SIOP Member Directory by interest areas, leveraging community of interest discussion lists, alumni communication channels, social networking sites, and other online forums related to the subject area. Searchable programs of past conferences can also be leveraged to identify potential collaborators by identifying those who have presented on subject areas previously.