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2023 ANS Annual Meeting
June 11–14, 2023
Indianapolis, IN|Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
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Session chairs and session organizers play an integral role in the development of technical content at ANS’s national meetings and therefore the overall technical quality of the meeting. These summary guidelines are provided to assist paper session chairs and organizers.
ANS is committed to hosting meetings that advance knowledge and understanding. In doing so, we aim to include diverse voices and to ensure that our events are inclusive. All attendees are valued equally for their skills and abilities and each person is respected similarly for their unique perspectives and experiences. Please consider this as you put your best self forward in organizing and conducting paper sessions.
WHAT IS A PAper SESSION?
A paper session is when multiple papers – generally 3-5 – are clustered for presentation in one session. The presentation is an opportunity for an author to present the technical material in his/her paper. The topics of papers in a session should be related. The session organizer can arrange the order of papers so that the topic flows or builds optimally. Whenever possible, the session organizer should avoid scheduling multiple presentations in one session by the same presenter.
Paper Session versus Panel
A technical paper session can be a regular contributed session where authors submit papers following the call for papers, or an invited paper session, where authors are officially invited by a signed letter from a session chair to submit a paper. Any paper not officially invited or a paper “stimulated” by a session organizer is a contributed paper. These paper sessions should contain no less than three papers and usually no more than five depending on the time available according to the program. Authors are then asked to present for up to fifteen minutes followed by five minutes for questions and answers. For the Annual and Winter Meetings, authors who present in a paper session are required to submit a summary to be published in the Transactions of the American Nuclear Society publication following the meeting.
Panel sessions should bring together leading experts on the topic to interact freely with one another and the audience to exchange information and ideas. Usually, panels cover topics that are more recent or are the subject of current news, material that is more rooted in policy than technical details, or technical material that is not ripe for published papers but nevertheless important to discuss. Panel sessions should not turn into paper sessions without the papers. Informal settings with less-scripted discussions led by a moderator or facilitator are more interesting and allow more opportunities for audience participation and interaction.
Types of Papers
Any paper not officially invited, but stimulated instead.
A paper whose author was invited by letter from the Chair of a Professional Division or Technical Group.
Stimulated papers are informally solicited by a session organizer but are officially recognized as contributed by ANS.
This type of paper is normally considered only for plenary sessions or special sessions.
Normally, organizers identify colleagues to submit a paper on the topic in question by an informal email or phone call.
A formal letter signed by a representative of ANS is sent to the author.
Types of Paper Session
Regular contributed session
Invited and contributed session
Topic submission timeline
How is a Paper Session Approved?
Speaker Registration Fees?
All presenters are required to pay for their meeting registration. Communicate early to authors that they will be required to register for the conference (either full or one-day registration fee). ANS staff will assist with the communication to the speakers through the submission system.
Each Division is allotted 5 one-day comps or one full comp for presenters. Session Chairs need to receive permission from their Division Chair with further instructions for the speaker registration. Once attendees who have been formally approved via signed invitation letter may quality for a complimentary registration.
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