Although this is not common, it is a risk when you have a group of different personalities and various perspectives on topics. Politely intervene and recommend to take the conversation outside of the session.
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- What if no one is prepared for the session, doesn’t read the papers in advance, or you can’t reach the author prior to the session to review his/her paper?
- Can an author presenting in a session also be designated as the chair/discussant of the session?
- What if there is a paper that is designated as a “Best Paper” on the program, should I highlight it?
- Should I ask the audience to help lead the session?
- What if the audience is not responsive?
- What if the audience is argumentative?
- What if the conversation goes over the allocated time?
- What if the paper is not available online and I cannot review it prior to the session?
- If an author/presenter can’t attend, should I change the order of presentations?
- What if the author/presenter doesn’t show up?