Atlanta, GA (March 5-9, 2017)

Session Formats

Paper Sessions
In paper sessions, authors present abbreviated versions of their papers followed by audience discussion. Paper sessions are allocated 90 minutes on the conference program and are formed by the conference organizers (either at the SIG or general pool level) out of individually-submitted papers. Each paper session has an assigned chair who moderates and keeps time. At CIES 2017, paper sessions will have a maximum of 4 presenters, each of whom will be given 12-15 minutes to present. Paper sessions may also have an assigned discussant who offers commentary and critique following the paper presentations. Session chairs may adjust the timing based on the number of presenters and discussants scheduled for the session. In the case of multi-authored papers, more than one person may present within the time allocated for the presentation of that paper. Paper sessions will be scheduled in meeting rooms with overhead projection technology. Presenters are encouraged to make copies of their papers and/or presentations available to attendees. All presenters are urged to be attentive to the total time available to them both for effective presentation and to preserve time for 20-30 minutes of audience discussion.  Submissions for paper sessions should include a proposal of up to 750 words (references should be included in the proposal, though they are not included in the word count).  While it is perfectly acceptable to identify institutions and organizations in a paper proposal (as appropriate), in order to preserve the integrity of our blind peer review process please make sure that these proposals do not include information that identifies the author(s) of the proposal.

Roundtable Paper Sessions
At CIES 2017 we will be introducing a new session format designed to allow for maximum interaction both among presenters and between presenters and attendees. roundtableRoundtable paper sessions will feature three to four presenters whose accepted papers have been clustered around shared interests by the conference organizers (either at the SIG or general pool level). Each roundtable paper session will have a designated chair knowledgeable about the research area, whose job is to facilitate interaction and participation. Because the emphasis is on interaction, round table paper sessions have no discussants. Each roundtable session is scheduled for a 90-minute time slot and begins with short 5 minute presentations followed by collective discussion. These sessions will take place in a large hotel ballroom, with 15-20 different roundtables each with its own separate conversation.  Presentation technology is not provided for roundtables, and presenters are encouraged to make copies of their papers available to attendees.  Submissions for roundtable paper sessions should include a proposal of up to 750 words (references should be included in the proposal, though they are not included in the word count).  While it is perfectly acceptable to identify institutions and organizations in a roundtable paper proposal (as appropriate), in order to preserve the integrity of our blind peer review process please make sure that these proposals do not include information that identifies the author(s) of the proposal.

Poster Sessions
Poster sessions combine the graphic display of materials with the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion of the presenter’s work throughout a 60-minute session. Individual poster presenters set up displays representing their papers in a large area with other presenters and may also provide brief handouts. At CIES 2017, poster sessions will be set up in a prominent hallway space and scheduled to overlap with coffee breaks so as to facilitate maximum interaction with poster presenters.  Submissions for poster sessions should include a proposal of up to 750 words (references should be included in the proposal, though they are not included in the word count).  While it is perfectly acceptable to identify institutions and organizations in a paper proposal (as appropriate), in order to preserve the integrity of our blind peer review process please make sure that these proposals do not include information that identifies the author(s) of the proposal.

Panel Sessions
A panel session provides an opportunity for substantive interaction and exchange among presenters working on a common set of themes, questions or problems. Panel sessions are submitted by a group of presenters who also designate their own chair and discussant. Each panel session will be scheduled for a 90-minute time slot and must include a minimum of three papers. Panel sessions will be scheduled in meeting rooms with overhead projection technology. A panel session may follow the paper session format described above with individual paper presentations followed by discussant comments and audience discussion. Alternately, panel sessions may use new and different forms of presentation and audience engagement / interaction.  Submissions for panel sessions should include a proposal of up to 500 words (references should be included in the proposal, though they are not included in the word count) of the overall panel as well as summaries of up to 500 words (again excluding references from the word count) for each of the papers included.  While it is perfectly acceptable to identify institutions and organizations in a panel session proposal (as appropriate), in order to preserve the integrity of our blind peer review process please make sure that neither the overall session proposal, nor the individual paper proposals include information that identifies the author(s).  If you plan to submit a “double” panel session or series of panel sessions it is essential that each individual panel be submitted separately since accepted panel sessions will only be allocated 90 minute time slots.

Group Roundtable Paper Sessions
Pre-formed group roundtable paper sessions may also be submitted. We recommend group roundtable paper sessions of three to four presenters with a designated chair knowledgeable about the research area, whose job is to facilitate interaction and participation. Each group roundtable session is scheduled for a 90-minute time slot. As indicated above, these sessions will take place in a large hotel ballroom, with 15-20 different roundtables each with its own separate conversation.  Presentation technology is not provided for roundtables, and presenters are encouraged to make copies of their papers available to attendees. Submissions for panel sessions should include a proposal of up to 500 words (references should be included in the proposal, though they are not included in the word count) of the overall panel as well as summaries of up to 500 words (again excluding references from the word count) for each of the papers included.  While it is perfectly acceptable to identify institutions and organizations in a group roundtable paper session proposal (as appropriate), in order to preserve the integrity of our blind peer review process please make sure that neither the overall session proposal, nor the individual paper proposals include information that identifies the author(s). We make an exception to this for anyone wishing to do a book launch presentation as a Group Roundtable Session — such proposals should be submitted to the General Pool should include the words “Book Launch:” in the title and can include identifying information.  Additional information available at http://www.cies2017.org/update/book-launch/.