4. SESSION FORMAT AND PURPOSE
Panels should have a coherent and well-integrated discussion around a common theme. Thus, panels should devote most or all of the time to a managed exchange among the panelists, each answering or discussing questions in common (probably using at least some prepared questions, with a moderator to keep the discussion on track). Panelists should not simply present their own research in isolation from their fellow panelists.
Panels can be run in various formats: roundtables with no formal papers, traditional presentations of competitive or work-in-progress papers tightly integrated around a specific topic, innovative presentations utilizing software or film, and professional development workshops. Whatever format your group has chosen, remember the objective is to generate a cohesive discussion among panel members, as well as between you and the audience.