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Session Types and Presentation Formats

COSS features two main session types: poster and concurrent. Two poster sessions and five concurrent sessions are scheduled for COSS 2020.

Poster sessions are 75 minutes long and include printed posters, digital media, and art exhibitions. Students are assigned one of the session times; each session features different presentations. Poster sessions are excellent opportunities to exchange ideas and gain feedback on works in progress. Some visitors will wish to read your entire poster or study your art, while others will be more interested in talking to you about your work. Be prepared to give a two-minute synopsis of your research or creative scholarship.

Concurrent sessions are 40 minutes long and feature oral presentations, artist’s talks, and performance talks. Two to four presentations compose each concurrent session, and multiple concurrent sessions occur across a number of rooms simultaneously. Sessions are interdisciplinary and presentations are grouped by themes that emerge from abstract submissions. This year, COSS offers a variety of concurrent session formats. In addition to the Classic 15-minute presentation, presenters may choose the Panel, Nano, or Pecha Kucha format for their presentation. Concurrent session presentation formats are described below.


CLASSIC: 2, 15-minute presentations per session, each followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers (Q&A). Examples: papers, PowerPoint presentations, artist’s talks, performance talks, extemporaneous speeches.

PANEL: 1, 40-minute presentation with discussion per session. In panels, multiple students discuss a topic in front of, and/or with, an audience. Example: students give a brief presentation on their research, engage in dialogue with each other in front of an audience, and take questions from the audience during or after the discussion. Students selecting this format will be asked to provide a brief description of how they plan to use the panel time and engage their audience.

NANO: 3 to 4, 7- to 8-minute presentations followed by a brief Q&A. This presentation format may be ideal for courses with multiple students presenting on a common theme or for first-time presenters. Example 1: 4, 8-minute presentations on a common theme followed by 8 minutes of Q&A with all presenters. Example 2: 3, 8-minute unlinked presentations, each followed directly by 4 minutes of Q&A.

PECHA KUCHA (ペチャクチャ): 4, 400-second PowerPoint presentations followed by a brief Q&A. Students prepare 20 PowerPoint slides, each auto-timed for 20 seconds, and choreograph spoken word with each visual aid to tell a compelling story. This format may be an attractive option for individual presenters in any discipline. Example: