AIEC Session formats

Leaning and knowledge-sharing at AIEC is offered through a range of different sessions formats. Some sessions such as cafés, roundtables and fishbowls, place more focus on peer-to-peer learning and sharing and are more interactive.  Other formats, such as panels and presentations, offer less interaction and focus more on sharing of information by experts.

Presentation (15 minutes)

Presentations provide the opportunity for a speaker to present on a particular topic for 15 minutes. It's a great platform to present findings from a research project, a case study or best practice. They are designed to be fast-paced, focused presentations. No question time is included.

Number of speakers: 1 or 2 presenters
Duration: 15 minutes

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Panel (60 minutes)

Panels are structured sessions with a set time for each panellist to present and a 15-minute Q&A at the end of the session. Each speaker brings a different perspective or presents a different view about the same topic.  

Number of speakers: 2 to 3 speakers, plus 1 chair
Duration: 60 minutes, including 15 minutes for Q&A

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Roundtable (60 minutes) 

A roundtable is a semi-formal session with a specific agenda led by a moderator. A roundtable typically involves several expert speakers who bring a variety of perspectives to a subject. There is a high level of audience interaction, and the moderator facilitates questions and comments throughout the session. There must also be time at the end for rapporteuring. 

Number of speakers: 1 facilitator, 1 to 3 presenters, 1 rapporteur
Duration: 60 minutes, including 10 minutes for rapporteuring

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Café (60 minutes)

A café is a large group discussion technique designed to encourage small, intimate and information discussions around a central topic. There is no formal presentation or speech, but the facilitator will provide time at the end of the session for some group reporting. 

Number of facilitators: 1 to 4 facilitators
Duration: 60 minutes, including 10 minutes for group reporting

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Fishbowl (60 minutes)

A fishbowl session is a form of dialogue that can be used when discussing a range of topics within medium to large groups. The advantage of fishbowl is that it allows for participants in the group to become ‘active’ participants. It encourages the audience to ‘set the agenda’ by posting questions and discussion topics. 

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AIEC 2022 Key dates

1 February - Call for proposals opens

1 March - Call for proposals closes

1 June - Early bird registration open

1 August - Registration opens

18-21 October – AIEC 2022