NIBS Conference 2016 - Instructions for Guest Speakers NIBS Conference 2016 - Instructions for Guest Speakers





Instructions for speakers and session chairs

The main aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas about the problem of assessing well-being when preferences are incoherent. We expect that, at each session, the audience will contain people who have thought a lot about the topic and who will have significant questions to ask or comments to make. It is important for the success of the conference that each session has adequate time for open discussion.

For this reason, speakers are asked to keep their initial presentations within specific time limits, and session chairs are asked to enforce these limits. Speakers may choose whether or not to accept brief interjections or questions of clarification from the floor during their presentations, but any time spent on this will be treated as part of the speaker’s time limit. Session chairs should be prepared to cut off interjections which are turning into speeches or digressions.

The discussion period should be moderated by the session chair, not the speaker. Session chairs should try to ensure that this period is not monopolised by the most famous or most forceful people in the audience. With this in mind, session chairs should not feel obliged to take questions/ comments in the order in which people indicate their wish to speak. Speakers are asked to keep their responses to questions brief and to the point, and session chairs should try to encourage them to do so. 

Keynote lectures

Each keynote lecture has a 60 minute slot. There will be 45 minutes for the initial presentation and 15 minutes for discussion.

Parallel sessions

Each parallel session has a 60 minute slot, and has either two or three speakers. If there are two speakers, each speaker will have 20 minutes for their initial presentation, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. If there are three speakers, each speaker will have 15 minutes for their initial presentation, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The last speaker in a session will act as chair for the earlier speakers. The next-to-last speaker will act as chair for the last speaker.

Round table

The round table session has a 90 minute slot. It will begin with opening remarks from each of the four round table participants. Each participant should speak for 5 to 10 minutes on whatever aspect of the conference topic he finds most interesting, with a view to prompting further discussion. The rest of the session will be open discussion, moderated by the chair.


Speakers using slides should bring these on USB sticks.