Moderator Resources

Moderators play an essential role in a session - they welcome the audience, keep the discussion moving, facilitate audience engagement with the speaker, and ensure the session runs on time.

To be a successful moderator, be sure to:

  • Familiarize yourself with the presenters and the presentations that will be given during your session.
  • Prepare questions for the presenters to help guide the discussion.
  • Given the high number of international participants, please speak slowly and remind your presenters to do so as well. 
  • Be excited about the content! 
  • Introduce each speaker before they begin.
  • Be consistent with keeping your speakers to their allotted time.
  • Maintain a goal to try to keep all speakers engaged in the discussion.
  • Close out the session by thanking all of the speakers and the audience for their participation.
Moderator Script - Symposia Moderator Script - Technical Sessions