A symposium typically involves several extemporaneous presentations addressing a common theme. The views may or may not be supported by relevant data. First the chairperson will provide an overview of the issue. Then each participant will make an individual presentation. A brief question and answer period may follow.
Papers will be presented orally to an audience. Presentations are expected to be in the 10 to 15 minute range. Copies of the paper should be available for distribution.
Poster material should briefly highlight the key components of the paper. Materials will be displayed, permitting informal exchanges between the presenter and interested parties. Copies of the paper should be available for distribution.
Roundtable discussions are an opportunity for facilitators and participants to discuss a particular area of interest. This format allows for more discussion than is typical of the other formats.