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Chairs & Discussants - Don't forget to Contact Your Fellow Panelists!

If you are chairing a panel at the meeting, we ask that you email the panel participants with set time limits for paper presentations within the next week, if you have not already done so.  ISA HQ recommends leaving at least 30 minutes at the end for questions and answers from the audience. To contact your panel, go to the panel details in the online program, or click on the item in your schedule ( There, you will see an "Email Participants" option that will create a comma-separated list of the email addresses of participants on your panel. 

At the Annual Convention, the chair's role is to briefly introduce the panel/roundtable to the audience, manage the time limits for presentation, and facilitate participation with the audience.

The role of the discussant is to read carefully each of the papers that he/she receives prior to the Convention and comment upon these papers in a constructive manner during the panel session. If a panelist does not submit their paper in advance, discussants are not obligated to comment on the paper at the panel session.

Additional participant information is located at

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

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