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#2021APPAM Conference Participant Guidelines

 

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Speaker Guidelines Session Formats Presenter Guidelines Moderator Guidelines Chair Guidelines Discussant Guidelines Poster Guidelines Audience Guidelines

 

Conference Participant Guidelines

The rescheduled 2021 APPAM Fall Research Conference is the first time APPAM will host a hybrid conference. Below you can find important information on how to make the most out of your experience this March whether you’re a speaker or an audience member and if you’re joining us live from Austin or from the comforts of home. All events will take place in US Central Time. Below is an explanation of the four session types being offered at #2021APPAM:

In-Person Sessions – This is the traditional APPAM session format that will take place in an Austin meeting room and will only be available to participants and audience members in Austin. These sessions will not be recorded. These sessions are indicated with a map  and pin drop icon to the left of the session title in the Online Program.

Virtual Sessions – All session participants will be virtual and presenting from a location of their choosing via Zoom Meeting. This format will be available to the in-person audience in a dedicated Austin meeting room in Austin, as well as the virtual audience. These sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference. These sessions are indicated with a globe icon to the let of the session title in the Online Program.

Hybrid Sessions – These sessions will consist of 50% or more in-person speakers with a select number of virtual speakers, and both in-person and virtual audience members. These sessions will have both a dedicated meeting room in Austin and a Zoom Meeting link. These sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference. These sessions are indicated with both a map & pin drop icon and a globe icon to the left of the session title in the Online Program.

Live Streamed Sessions – The APPAM Membership Breakfast and Awards, the Presidential Address and Awards, and Super Sessions will take place in an Austin meeting room and will be broadcast out via Zoom Webinar so both in-person and virtual attendees can enjoy these special events. Virtual audience members will ask questions via the Zoom Q&A feature and may be asked to the speakers via APPAM staff. Please note: Not all virtual audience questions may be addressed due to time constraints. These sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference. These sessions are indicated with a video camera with internet signals to the left of the session title in the Online Program.

Speaker Guidelines

General Guidelines

These guidelines are for all APPAM conference participants for presenterschairsdiscussants and posters. Below you can find detailed information on each session role and you can find helpful in-person speaker best practices and virtual speaker best practices here.

In order to encourage interdisciplinary discussion among conference participants and audience members, we want to encourage:

  • Interaction among session participants beforehand in order to maximize audience participation on the day of the session.
  • Distillation of the research, by the discussant(s), to identify its unique contribution to policy.
  • Identification of relationships among the research presented, either by the presenters themselves or by the discussants.
  • Give and take among participants—especially between researchers and practitioners.
  • Creation of an environment to enhance understanding of issues and the attendant research informing them.

As you prepare for your session at the conference, please keep the following points in mind:

  • 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.
  • Please see be below session format grid for recommended presentation time limits and confirm timing with fellow speakers. Session contact information can be found in Confex Speaker Center. The discussant should be granted roughly as much time as a presenter. Multiple discussants should divide this allotted time among themselves.
  • If they are to provide useful insight to authors and serve as stimulants for audience follow-on, discussants must receive papers no later than two weeks prior to the conference. This will allow for adequate time for discussants to read the session papers. Presenters will receive instructions on how to upload papers in Confex Speaker Center 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.
     
  • An excellent panel session is one in which the presenters focus on the more important issues in their research, and collectively, with the aid of the discussant(s), highlight connections among the presented papers. The conference should be an opportunity for professional development in which presenters and session audiences interact to enhance understanding of the issues. Your cooperation with the guidelines in this memorandum will help create an environment for this to occur.

Virtual Speaking Guidelines

  • Session Types – There will be three virtual session types at #2021APPAM:
    • Hybrid sessions - These should have at least 50% or more of speakers present in Austin with a select number of speakers joining via Zoom Meeting. The audience will consist of both in-person and virtual participants. These sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference.
    • Virtual sessions – These sessions will only accommodate virtual speakers and a mix of virtual & in-person audience members. These sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference.
    • Live streamed sessions – These sessions will act exactly like a traditional in-person session, with virtual audience questions being asked via in-person staff. Live stream speakers, such as Super Session speakers, will not be impacted and do not need to make special preparations. These sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference.
  • Preparation - Below are tips to help you make the most out of sessions with a virtual component: 
    • Arrive early – Whether you’re presenting in-person or via Zoom, please arrive to the designated area at least 15 minutes early.
      • In-person – A tech support member will assist in-person speakers with the Zoom Meeting connection and with presentation slides.
      • Virtual – The Zoom Meeting links will be available in the Online Program 15 minutes prior to the start of your session. The Zoom password will be shared with registrants the week of the conference. There will be a tech support staff member available in all Zoom Meetings. Please use Zoom chat to message them with any concerns.
    • Connect with your speakers – APPAM is unable to assist with participant roll calls before the start of each virtual session. Please connect with your fellow participants via email before your scheduled time so you can assist each other if someone is running late, discuss who will be in-person and who will be virtual, presentation timing, etc. Session contact information is located in Confex Speaker Center.
    • Practice – APPAM is unable to provide virtual practice sessions in 2022. Please review the below Zoom Speaker Guide for helpful tips. We highly encourage virtual sessions to practice amongst themselves.
    • Review the below details in advance– The below participant guidelines are helpful for both in-person and virtual speakers alike. If you have any questions, please reach out to conferencesupport@appam.org before the conference begins. APPAM will have limited virtual support resources throughout the three-day conference

Dates to Remember

  • February 18 - All presenters must be registered for the conference.  Any presenter not registered by this date is subject to removal from the program.
  • February 18 - All changes to submissions, including authors, titles, and abstracts, must be complete.
  • March 11 - All papers must be uploaded to submission system through the Speaker Center received via email.  Please contact Samantha Thomason if you have not received this link.
  • March 27 – 29 - APPAM Fall Research Conference in Austin, Texas

 

Session Formats

Below are guidelines for well- timed sessions; these sample sessions run from 10:15 – 11:45 am.

Three to Four Paper Panel

Two Paper Panel

10:15 - 10:20 - Chair introduces the participants & topic

10:20 - 10:35 - First paper

10:35 - 10:50 - Second paper

10:50 - 11:05 - Third paper

11:05 - 11:25 - Discussant(s) presents their comment

11:25 - 11:45 - Audience Discussion

Sessions with four papers should allow each 12 minutes for each paper presentation.

10:15 - 10:20 - Chair introduces the participants & topic

10:20 - 10:38 - First paper

10:38 - 10:56 - Second paper

10:56 - 11:16 – First discussant presents their comments

11:16 – 11:26 – Second discussant presents their comments

11:26 - 11:45 - Audience Discussion

APPAM typically does not host two paper panels but will accommodate this unique format in March 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic and speaker cancellations.

Three Speaker Roundtable

Six Paper Lightning Session

10:15 - 10:20 - Moderator introduces speakers & topic

10:20 - 10:35 - First speaker

10:35 - 10:50 - Second speaker

10:50 - 11:05 - Third speaker

11:05 - 11:25 - Moderator presents their comments

11:25 - 11:45 - Audience Discussion

Sessions with four speakers should allow each 12 minutes for each speaker.

10:15 - 10:20 – Chair introduces the participants & topic

10:20 - 10:31 – First paper

10:31 - 10:42 – Second paper

10:42 - 10:53 – Third paper

10:53 - 11:04 – Fourth paper

11:04 – 11:15 – Fifth paper

11:15 - 11:26 – Sixth paper

11:26 - 11:45 – Audience Discussion

Lightning sessions with less papers should reserve 5-minutes for introductions, 20-minutes for audience discussion, then split the remaining time evenly amongst the papers. There are no discussants.

 

If you have any questions, please contact conferencesupport@appam.org.

 

Presenter Guidelines

You can find contact information for all session participants in your Confex Speaker Center. Please reach out to your chair and let them know the status of your paper and when you plan on uploading it for the discussant. If your paper is not ready to be posted publicly, you can share it with the discussant privately but you must share it with them by the submission deadline to give them adequate time to prepare comments.

The following format is suggested as it has been found to work well within the 12-15 minute time frame you are allotted for your presentation.

Organization: Begin with a one-minute overview summary of the paper that includes the central question addressed and the major conclusions. To the extent possible, these conclusions should include policy implications. 

Explanation: Follow with the reasons listeners ought to accept the paper's conclusions: the underlying theory, description of the evidence, methodological defense of the evidence, and connection to (and improvement upon) the existing literature. This manner of exposition differs from that of a journal article but it is more appropriate to a conference format. Speaking is a more effective way to get an explanation across than reading. 

Slides: For both in-person and virtual presenters, it is highly recommended to use slides. APPAM will provide projection in all meeting rooms and virtual speakers can screenshare via Zoom. 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). Slides should serve as an aid but should not be read from directly.

Additionally, please review the in-person speaker best practices, virtual speaker best practices, and our Zoom Speaker Guide before preparing your presentation.

In-Person Technology: In-person sessions must bring one presenter laptop and one flash drive with pre-loaded slides for all presenters. Do not rely on cloud storage or streaming options as conference internet connections may cause presentation delays. Meeting rooms will be equipped with an HDMI cable to connect the laptop to projection in the meeting room so an HDMI port laptop is strongly recommended. If an HDMI port laptop is unavailable, you can request a different cable from the onsite tech support. There will be tech support contact information sheet located in each meeting room if you need assistance.

There will be 15 minutes or less available for setting up presentations prior to the start of most sessions. With strict 90 minute timeslots, even a minor delay can greatly hamper the success of a session.

Virtual Technology: Virtual speakers must provide their own computer, internet, and complimentary Zoom accounts. APPAM will share the Zoom Meeting links in the Online Program and Zoom passwords in a registration email the week of the conference. Speakers should join the Zoom Meeting link ten minutes prior to the start of the session and from a location with strong internet and minimal background distractions.

Moderator Guidelines

The moderator is critical to the success of a session. The moderator makes sure that the session runs smoothly and makes a quick introduction of each speaker in the session and facilitates the conversation. APPAM asks moderators to do the following: 

  • Convene the panel, either by email or conference call, in advance to make to discuss presentation format, talking points and questions.
  • Start the session on time and state the ground rules at the beginning of the discussion, including timing and commitment to discussion. Note that observing stated time limits shows respect for other presenters and for the audience. 
  • Introduce all participants at the beginning of the session. 
  • Monitor the clock. Speakers who appear to be off-track for completion on time should be cautioned mid-presentation. APPAM will supply moderators with four signs that read, "5 minutes" "2 minutes", "1 minute", and "Stop" to help alert presenters to their timing. 
  • Moderators should sit in the front row of the audience, facing the presenters, rather than at the head table, while the presentations are in progress. 
  • Be prepared to initiate the question period if the audience is not engaged and ensure that questions and statements from the audience are short and to the point.

Chair Guidelines

The chair can be critical to the success of a session. The principal challenge for a chair is to enforce time allotments. A presenter that runs over his or her allotted time is using time that belongs to another presenter or to the audience. APPAM asks chairs to do the following: 

  • Monitor paper progress before the meetings and encourage timely distribution of session papers to all discussant(s). 
  • Ensure that presenters upload papers to Confex Speaker Center for discussants to read in advance of the conference. If they have not by March 11, 2022, please bring this to the attention of conferencesupport@appam.org.
  • Convene the panel in advance to make introductions and develop some rapport. 
  • You are encouraged to consider an alternative format if the panelists agree; for example, having a discussant summarize all the papers at the beginning of the session. These alternative formats can help facilitate audience participation and discussion.
  • Start the session on time and state the ground rules at the beginning of the discussion, including timing and commitment to discussion. Note that observing stated time limits shows respect for other presenters and for the audience. 
  • Introduce all participants at the beginning of the session. 
  • Monitor the clock. Presenters who appear to be off-track for completion on time should be cautioned mid-presentation. APPAM will supply chairs with four signs that read, "5 minutes" "2 minutes", "1 minute", and "Stop" to help alert presenters to their timing. 
  • Chairs should sit in the front row of the audience, facing the presenters, rather than at the head table, while the presentations are in progress. 
  • Do not ask the panelists to respond to the discussant(s) comments. Instead, move quickly to an open discussion that involves the audience. 
  • Be prepared to initiate the question period if the audience is not engaged and ensure that questions and statements from the audience are short and to the point.
  

Discussant Guidelines

Discussants play a critical role in determining the quality of audience participation in the session. Discussants should be aware of the above time limits. Please allow yourself at least two weeks to read the papers for the sessions and formulate comments tying the papers together before the conference. If the presenter(s) have not uploaded their paper(s) or sent them to you privately by March 11, 2022, please let the APPAM office know at conferencesupport@appam.org.

The bulk of the time in the session should be spent encouraging audience participation. Discussants should also keep the following in mind:

  • 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. See above grid for suggested discussant comment time limits.
  • If there are two discussants for a session, please contact the other discussant and determine how you will split the responsibility of reading/providing commentary for the papers in your session. Contact information can be found in Confex Speaker Center.
  • Discussant remarks about each paper should deal with the major issues that enhance or undermine the paper's contributions, reserving minor issues for direct communication with the authors.
  • Discussants are encouraged to help shape the audience participation in the session by identifying key points worthy of further analysis and discussion. 
  • Discussants should contribute to the policy focus of the session. To further this endeavor, here are some questions to consider and use for audience discussion:
    • Does the research inform policy in the most timely and useful way? If not, what could be to done to improve the contribution of research to policy?
    • Are methods used in the research and analysis properly aligned to the nature of current policy problems?
    • Do we need to rethink the roots of the policy problems we are researching? Are we missing research opportunities because we have become too comfortable with our research designs and communities?
    • How can we use the expertise of those in public management, and those who study the political process, to inform our research?
    • Are there emerging policy problems for which we are not producing useful research, but for which we could direct new research?
    • Are there limitations of information, data and research designs that prevent their research from being used by policymakers?
    • What common challenges have researchers encountered when studying the issue?
    • How can we address these challenges in future research?
 

Poster Guidelines

Size: Poster should be horizontal (landscape) format with a maximum size of eight feet wide by four feet tall. Below is what the poster board will look like, for reference (ignore the Velcro comment – we use pushpins):

 

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Printing: You need to bring the printed poster with you. We recommend using your trusted printer at home & bringing it as a carry-on item on the plane in poster tube. If that’s not possible, you can find a local printer near the property but please keep in mind the turnaround times and expenses.

Poster Session:
Posters should be put up by 9:00 am the day of your session. Posters may be left up until 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 27 and 1:30 PM on Tuesday, March 29. All posters left up after these times will be discarded.

All poster boards will be numbered (by APPAM), indicating assigned poster spaces for each session. You will receive your specific assignment location in late October or early November. 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.

 

Audience Guidelines

Below are tips on how to make the most out of your attendee experience at #2021APPAM:

In-Person Attendees: If you're attending the conference in Austin, you will have access to all sessions, including fully virtual and hybrid sessions.

  • In-person sessions will remain the same this year and will offer no virtual audience interaction. Concurrent sessions will take place at the JW Marriott Austin on the 2nd and 3rd floors. You can access these floors from via elevator or escalator.
  • Virtual & hybrid sessions will be broadcast into their designated meeting room via Zoom Meeting. You will have the ability to interact with virtual participants via APPAM-provided laptop, microphone, camera, and projection. The hybrid and virtual session rooms will have a dedicated AV tech in the room to assist with the Zoom Meeting. These sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the conference.

Virtual Attendees: APPAM virtual registrants can join all virtual, hybrid, and live streamed sessions from a location of their choosing. All sessions will take be in US Central Time. Every virtual, hybrid, and live streamed session will have an Austin meeting room listed under the title, but you will access the session via the "Join Now" button that will be made available shortly the session begins, approximately ten minutes prior, in the Online Program. Below are descriptions of the three virtual access session types:

  • Virtual sessions will be held via Zoom Meeting and the virtual audience can interact with the in-person audience, virtual speakers, and the virtual audience via Zoom Meeting audio and video. Virtual sessions consist of all virtual speakers and a mixed audience.
  • Hybrid sessions will be held via Zoom Meeting and the virtual audience can interact with both the virtual & in-person speakers and audience members via Zoom Meeting audio and video. Hybrid sessions consist of virtual and in-person speakers and a mixed audience.
  • Live stream special events and Super Sessions will be hosted via Zoom Webinar so the virtual audience must use the Q&A feature to submit questions. Not all virtual audience questions may be addressed due to time constraints. Live streamed sessions consist of in-person speakers.

Virtual Attendee Tech Support - Please review this information carefully, have your Zoom password handy, and keep the Online Program open throughout the conference for the best virtual experience. APPAM staff will be at the live event in Austin so response times may be delayed. Email conferencesupport@appam.org with urgent questions and thank you in advance for your patience.

  • APPAM provided Zoom links, located in the Online Program ten minutes prior to the start of each session
  • Zoom passwords, located in the registration reminder to be send the week of the conference.

If you have any questions about the below information, please contact conferencesupport@appam.org

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