What to Expect at the Symposium as a Delegate
Updated 14th September 2020
While the final details of the timing of the symposium are still to be developed, we set out here what you are to expect from the meeting. Authors have provided papers for the proceedings in the normal way but they have also provided their presentations in advance. These will be played in the appropriate session following which they will be available to view but not to download to delegates only for about 10 days. We hope authors will be present at their session to answer questions in the discussion period in each session. The discussion period will not just be Q&A but will be a comprehensive discussion of the subject of the session. The opening presentations will be "prepeated" on Sunday evening as well as Monday for the benefit of delegates in the Americas.
In the few days before the conference we will provide details of how you will be able to get the most of the symposium.
The Symposium will be run from this website where there will be a delegates area (opening on October 5th) containing links to the sessions and other material. The live sessions will be run on the Zoom Webinar platform which is slightly different from Zoom meetings. Chair persons and authors will be visible to everyone but other delegates will not. However, if you are keen to contribute to any particular discussion then please let us know and, subject to the Session Chairs' approval we will invite you to be a panellist.
On the days of the symposium we will have two main structured sessions a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. As far as possible the morning session will focus on those subjects and papers of most relevance to our Asian and Pacific delegates and the afternoon session will focus on subjects and papers of most relevance to our delegates in North and South America. In some cases there will be two sessions in parallel.
The length of each structured session will vary up to about 2 to 2½ hours. It will start with the session authors being allocated panellist places on the screen. There will then be an introduction by the session chairs followed by the presentations which will be shorter than normal, no more than 10 minutes. At the end of the group of presentations there will be a discussion of the papers and more particularly of the subject or subjects surrounding them. The discussion periods, lasting up to one hour, will be the backbone of the Symposium where remote authors and other delegates have as much chance to contribute as possible.
During the rest of each day we will make available other material. Some of this may be in fixed time slots - for example exhibitors presentations - but most will be available on demand such as exhibitors material, recordings of earlier sessions and cultural tours of Paris. We will also facilitate time slots for some people who would like to have discussions on specific themes.
We will update this page from time to time as plans develop so please come back occasionally.
If you have any thoughts or comments on any of this please contact us via the contacts page.