Session Types

The conference will use various session formats to confront these challenges including presentations of the latest research findings, identification of new challenges emerging from the science, stakeholder engagement opportunities, and learning through immersive and integrative formats. The conference will feature plenary keynotes, parallel-keynote sessions, research presentation sessions, innovative and immersive sessions, short training and workshop sessions, and poster sessions. The Science Committee has balanced session proposals received across the different formats to ensure a dynamic, interactive meeting.

Sessions are 1 hour and 30 minutes each. 

1. Research presentation sessions

  • Research sessions provide an opportunity for individual scientists to present recent findings of relevance to the conference themes. These sessions are 1.5 hours and will generally be comprised of five 15-minute presentations (12 minute talks + 3 minutes for Q&A) on related topics.

  • Session proposers identified and confirmed 2-3 presenters in their proposals.

  • The remaining slots will be allocated by the Science Committee based on submitted abstracts. Special consideration will be given to early career research contributions.

  • 10 minutes of each session is be reserved for a general introduction, synthesis or overall discussion led by the session chair or an invited stakeholder.

  • Based on the number of sessions and abstract submissions, some sessions may be requested to accommodate more than 5 talks with shorter time allotted to each presenter (i.e., “flash talk” sessions).

2. Innovative and Immersive Sessions:

  • We encouraged ideas for creative, innovative and experimental sessions during the conference lasting 1.5 to 2 hours. Innovative sessions are nontraditional conference sessions such as roundtable discussions with stakeholder participation (including policy-makers, non-governmental organizations, private sector representatives); panel presentations with opportunities for audience participation; World Café or other forms of open, interactive discussions; video, documentaries, photo, music and creative research communication formats; and games and crowdsourcing exercises.

3. Short trainings and workshops

  • Short training and workshop sessions of 1.5 hours will provide an educational opportunity on a specific topic such as a model, research approach and methods, or policy tool.

  • Half or all-day post-conference workshop will be held on Saturday, April 27th.