Roundtable Sessions

Roundtables are intended to be discussion sessions focused on a specific topic, related to the overall conference theme “striving for sustainability.” Each Roundtable has four Roundtable Speakers who will begin the conversation, and then continue with discussion among themselves and with the audience, aided by a moderator.

Planning your Presentation
As a Roundtable Speaker you are invited to begin the discussion by explaining your perspective and your work in a pre-recorded presentation of (maximum) 5 minutes. This is not intended to be a research presentation, but you are welcome to use examples of your own research as relevant. You might begin with  your approach to the Round Table topic, what you see as essential issues or questions to ask, and ways to address these questions, perhaps using your specific research to illustrate.

Following introductory presentations from each of the Roundtable Speakers, the Moderator will begin a discussion focused on clarifying and expanding on the central issues you have collectively identified, followed by discussion of how an approach from psychology and psychological science  can help to develop sustainably approaches to address the issues of the Roundtable.

Best Practices to consider when preparing your remarks:

  • You may accompany your introductory talk with a maximum of 5 PowerPoint slides. A standard presentation is about 1 slide per minute.
  • Please do not exceed the time allotted for your talk.
  • Five minutes is very short. Focus on your approach, your questions, and the implications of your research/scholarship.
  • Practice your presentation a few times. Get comfortable with talking and showing your slides if you choose to have graphics. Have someone observe and give feedback.
  • Have a glass of water available.
  • Look at the camera and not the screen. You will come across as if you are talking to the audience. Don’t watch yourself talking.
  • Talk to the audience rather than looking at your notes.
  • The light source should be in front of you. Face a window or lamp. A light source behind you darkens your face and body.
  • Don’t lean in. Elevate your laptop on books or boxes so that you are sitting up straight and looking directly at the camera.
  • Do not use a background image. They can be distracting, and you can be seen popping in and out of them.
  • Double check your live background to be sure that it appears organized and clean.