At WAISE, we believe that to deliver a truly memorable event, we need a highly interactive format with more much-needed debate to keep people engaged and energized throughout the workshop. The workshop sessions are structured into short paper pitches and a common panel slot to discuss both individual paper contributions and shared topic issues.
Three specific roles are part of this format: session chairs, presenters and session discussants.
Session Chairs introduce sessions and participants. The Chair moderates session and plenary discussions, takes care of the time, and gives the word to speakers in the audience during discussions.
Presenters gives a paper pitch in 10 minutes and then participate in the debate slot. You should not worry about the short time for your talk! Please note a workshop talk can, at best, be an advert for the paper, which is the durable record of what was done. In addition, let's not forget that we are in an inter-disciplinary workshop. Longer, more detailed talks may alienate some of the attendees.
Session Discussants prepares the discussion of individual papers and the plenary debate. The discussant gives a critical review of the session papers. Paper discussants could be typically presenters of papers or PC members.