A session is designed to provide a quick, engaging forum for the exchange of ideas around a specific topic. The session Chair is tasked with briefly introducing the speakers and stimulating the discussion of different viewpoints among speakers and participants. Interactivity and creative session types are highly encouraged.
Sessions can be attended by all participants. They last either 30 minutes (quick introduction or update on a key topic followed by audience discussion) or 60 minutes (more time for audience interaction and in-depth, thought-provoking presentations discussing hot topics, innovations, reflections and best practices). Sessions can be delivered in various formats including the classic panel or roundtable, world café, fishbowl and many others.
Session proposals are assessed based on the quality and relevance of the content, the proposed delivery, and their value within the context of the EAIE (eg diversity of subject matters, audience, Expert Community topics, conference theme, etc). One Chair is in charge of facilitating the session, and up to two speakers share their viewpoints and engage in a discussion. It is recommended that approximately one third of the session is dedicated to questions and answers, discussions or other formats that encourage audience participation.