2015 Fall Conference FAQ


This FAQ addresses specific questions for the 2015 Fall Research Conference in Miami, Florida. If you have a question and it is not answered by any of our FAQs, please feel free to submit your question to the administrator.


2015 Fall Research Conference General Questions

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Questions And Answers

Conference Participants Questions

Questions And Answers

Where do I find the complete list of guidelines for conference participants?

You can find the full guide here. There are additional guidelines to make note of, depending on if you are a presenter, chair, discussant, or poster presenter.


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Is there a deadline to send papers to discussants?

If they are to provide useful insight to authors and serve as stimulants for audience follow-on, discussants must receive papers by October 8th. This the minimum acceptable time for participants to be able to read the session papers. Presenters will receive instructions on how to upload papers to the APPAM.org and are urged to do so by the deadline provided so discussants have enough time to read the papers and prepare comments before the conference.

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What does a well-timed session look like?

Below is a guideline for a well- timed session; this sample session runs from 1:15 – 2:45 pm. For four paper sessions, each presenter would have 12 minutes instead of 15 minutes.

1:15 – 1:20: Chair introduces presenters and discussant(s), lays out the ground rules and goals for the session and establishes the timeline for the session.

1:20 – 1:35: First presenter presents their paper.

1:35 – 1:50: Second presenter presents their paper.

1:50 – 2:05: Third presenter presents their paper.

2:05 – 2:20: Discussant(s) presents their comments.

2:20 – 2:40: Audience discussion.

2:40 – 2:45: Chair brings the discussion to a close and thanks everyone for coming.

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How long do presenters get for their presentation?

Presentations should last no longer than 15 minutes in panels with three presenters or 12 minutes if there are four presenters. The discussant should be granted roughly as much time as a presenter. Multiple discussants should divide this allotted time among themselves.

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How long should we allow for audience Q&A?

APPAM members like to talk and react. Members include many experts; session participants consistently praise APPAM conferences for the exceptional amount of professional interaction that occurs. Much of this interaction happens within or is stimulated by the session discussions. With this in mind, please allow a full 20 minutes for audience questions and commentary. This 20-minute period is separate from the time normally accorded to panelists responding to the discussant's comments.

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I have a Power Point for my presentation. What technology does APPAM provide at the conference?

Many people use PowerPoint to prepare and display presentations. APPAM will provide LCD projectors and screens in all meeting rooms for use during conference sessions. The Program Committee urges all conference participants to ensure that use of this technology does not interrupt or delay a session. With a strict 90 minutes for panel sessions, even a minor delay can greatly hamper the success of a panel.

Remember that there will be less than 15 minutes available for setting up computer equipment prior to the start of most sessions. All presenters on a session may wish to put their presentations on a single computer or flash drive to simplify matters during the panel.

Please note, APPAM does not provide laptops for the panels so if a presentation requires a computer, one of the presenters must bring one.  There will be wi-fi at the conference, but we encourage presenters to download any materials ahead of time to ensure quality playback.

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Is there any guidelines for my slideshow I need to be aware of?

Try to economize on the number of slides in a presentation. Slides should be readable from at least 30 feet (some of the presentation rooms are quite large, some are small), and should be displayed long enough for viewers actually to comprehend the message they are supposed to convey. A good rule of thumb is one substantive slide (a key exhibit, not an outline page) for every two minutes of presentation (or no more than 6 or 7 total slides per presentation). Create slides specifically for the APPAM audience.

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I'm a discussant for one panel. How much time do I get for my comments?

Discussants are asked to make integrative comments rather than paper-by-paper critiques. In many cases, very specific or detailed critics can be shared with paper authors outside of the session. Your comments should be no more than 12 minutes – 15 minutes long.

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I am presenting a poster. How much time do I get for setup?

Posters should be put up by 9:00am the day of your assigned session. Posters may be left up until 5:00 pm on Thursday, November 12. Posters may be left up until 3:00 pm on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. All posters left up after these times will be discarded.

All poster boards will be numbered, indicating assigned poster spaces for each session. You will receive your specific assignment location in October. Only put your poster up in your assigned space. A staff person will be on hand to help you find your space in the exhibit hall.

Your poster title will appear in the preliminary and final programs. The final program will indicate your location number. If your paper title has changed, you will have the opportunity to update the title through August 24.

Thumbtacks will be provided for putting up your poster. Please do not use tape, staples or any other type of adhesive to hang your poster.

Presenters are asked to be available at their posters during the entirety of their poster session to discuss their posters with interested viewers.

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Are there size and appearance restrictions for my poster?

Yes. They should be 8 feet wide by four feet tall.You can review the full list of guidelines here.

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How can I make edits to my submission and upload my paper?

You will receive an email in the coming weeks with detailed instructions on making any necessary edits to the abstract and title of your submission as well as how to upload your paper.

All papers must be uploaded by October 8th to ensure the discussants have adequate time to review.

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Registration Questions

Questions And Answers

My organization is asking for a completed W-9 to draw up a check for my registration. Is this possible?

We would be happy to provide your organization a copy of our W-9 for payment.  Please contact Meghan Grenda at mgrenda@appam.org to obtain this.

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How do I register for the conference?

Registration for the conference is now open.  Click here for registration pricing information.

Click here to register now.

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