AIEC Session formats

Learning 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.

Through the online portal during the Call for Proposals, you will be able to submit proposals for any of the formats listed below.

To propose other session ideas, please get in touch with us via email at before Call for Proposals’ deadline.

‘Inspire’ presentation (14 minutes)

This presentation format provides the opportunity for a speaker to present on a particular topic for exactly 14 minutes. 

Presentations will be grouped with other presentations into a 60 minute session (maximum of four presentations per session), with only 1 minute changeover time in between presentations. They are designed to be fast-paced, focused and content-heavy presentations.

It's a great platform to present findings from a research project or a case study or showcase best practice.

No question time is included. Presenters will be encouraged to network with delegates after the session in the Speaker Lounge or through braindates.

Number of speakers: 1 or 2 presenters
Duration: 14 minutes

Presentation (60 minutes)

A 60 minute presentation is usually reserved for very detailed research presentations or for expert presentations. They usually run as a panel session, but there are only one or two presenters who present on the same topic.

Number of speakers: 1 or 2 presenters
Duration: 60 minutes

Panel (60 minutes)

Panels are structured sessions with a set time for each panellist to present (approximately 8 to 12 minutes depending on how many panellists there are, followed by 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

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

Key dates

9 February - Call for proposals opens

10 March - Call for proposals closes

1 June - Registration open

31 July - Early bird registration closes

10-13 October – AIEC 2023