The main purpose of the conference is to disseminate ongoing research and meet other researchers. We believe that this aim is better accomplished by short presentations given to a large audience. “Traditional” presentations inevitably imply a high number of parallel sessions, involving not only smaller audiences but also frustration from participants when they are interested in several different papers being presented at the same time. For this reason, this conference encourages “lightning” talks.
The traditional format is available as 12 minutes per presentation (4 presentations per hour) in parallel sessions.
In the lightning sessions, each paper will be presented in 5+2 minutes for questions. The advantage for presenters is that a maximum of 5 sessions will be held at the same time, offering a very large potential audience. Questions and suggestions may be written on cardboards that will be made available and collected by room assistants, and then given to presenters. The discussion will be held in dedicated spaces during lunch. Please, see the pros of lighting talks here https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01674-9
We will also have lottery sessions for large audiences (a maximum of 5 parallel sessions at a time), where presentation time will be 12 + 3 minutes for questions (collected on cardboards as described above).
Lighting talks and lottery sessions will probably be broadcasted live on the web.
When registering, presenters will indicate their preferred presentation type. Those opting for “lightning talks” will indicate whether s/he would like to participate in the lottery session.
The following is a summary table:
|Presentation format||Length (minutes)||Potential Audience||Who can opt for|
|Traditional||12+3||Small (from 12 to 15 parallel sessions)||everyone admitted to oral presentations|
|Lightning talks||5+2||Large (from 3 to 5 parallel sessions)||everyone admitted to oral presentations|
|Lightning Lottery||12+3||Large (from 3 to 5 parallel sessions)||only those who will opt for lighting talks & send the full paper by 31st of May|
|Poster Lottery||2||Large (from 3 to 5 parallel sessions)||everyone who will opt for poster presentation|
Sessions with traditional presentations will include 4, 5, 6, or 8 papers
Sessions with lighting talks will include 4 or 6 papers
Special tracks with many accepted submissions will include several (not overlappping) sessions