December 05, 2011

COMJIG research sessions

We're trying something new this year with our research sessions at the AEJMC conference in Chicago. Along with ComTECH, we're participating in a high-denisty research session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10.

Because we want to increase our visibility and try to bring in more research papers, we can have up to 10 research presentations at the Chicago conference. of teh 10, five can be presented at the high-density session and we can have up to five posters at the Scholar-to-Scholar session (also on Friday afternoon, from 1:30 to 3). Please see teh sked in a previous posting.

Now it's up to us to spread the word to kith and kin that COMJIG can be THE place to get their research noticed.

The HD guidelines are directly below from AEJMC:

The high-density format may be thought of as a cross between a traditional paper presentation panel and a scholar-to-scholar session. The hybrid allows more individuals to be placed on the panel (thus the name “high-density”). The key is that the individual presentations must be SHORT to allow for individual discussion with members of the audience. To insure this, your chair and discussant will be strictly enforcing the timelines discussed below. This format allows the audience members to hear the detail on those research projects that interest them the most.

Presenters will be given 4 minutes to provide an overview or summary of their paper. This time limit will be strictly enforced. You will be stopped if you exceed the time limit. No questions are taken between presentations. Since you have a short time for presentation, you are encouraged to limit audio-visual and lengthy discussions. Think of this as an executive summary or an extended abstract.

The discussant for the panel will not comment on the individual papers. The discussant’s function is to facilitate discussions between the presenters and the audience members. To achieve this goal, presenters are asked to spread out in the room so that individuals who would like to speak to them may do so. Audience members will then be able to spend some time hearing more about or asking questions about those research presentations that most interest them. To help the audience members find the proper presenter, a sign will be made with your paper title and authors. These will be taped to the walls around the room (or at tables, if available). After all the presentations are over, you must go to the area with your sign.

Presenters should prepare handouts containing outlines, key points, executive summaries, etc. for their study to distribute to the audience members. This one-page handout will help the members of the audience to comprehend your brief presentations and to select those papers they would like to hear more about. Since there will be many presenters and only one LCD projector, do not prepare materials for the discussion with individuals. It is suggested that you have limited projected material for your 4-minute presentation.

If the guidelines outlined here are followed correctly, there will be nearly 30 minutes for individual discussion. This will allow audience members to get more information on several papers.

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