Being a Session Chair

Jamie Callan

At some point in your career you may be asked to be the Session Chair at a conference. If asked, you should accept, if possible. It is an easy job, and it is a service to the research community.

Usually by the time you are asked to be a Session Chair you will have attended several conferences and will already be familiar with some of what a Session Chair does. However, like many jobs, there is more to being a good Session Chair than meets the eye. Below is a brief, semi-chronological description of a Session Chair's duties, and some advice on how to accomplish them.

I hope that I haven't made the job sound difficult. Usually it is easy, and usually it indicates a certain level of achievement / status, so it's a good thing to do.

Updated on October 31, 2001.
Jamie Callan