The first stage is the Session Proposal Review during which the session proposals are scored. The session proposals will be assigned mid to late July with reviews completed beginning to mid August. The review process is completed on-line via the Meeting Management site. The total process can take up to 4 hours depending upon the number of session proposals assigned. Typically each reviewer is assigned up to 30 session proposals and each session proposal is blind-reviewed by three reviewers. We project we will need approximately 175 reviewers. The research strength and professional reputation of the IARS Annual Meeting derives in part from the rigor and integrity of our blind, peer review process. The more reviewers who volunteer the fewer the number of session proposals each person will be asked to review.


Submission Dates and Deadlines:

  • May 2020: Session proposal submission site opens
  • July 10, 2020: Session proposal submission site closes
  • Late-September 2020/Early-October: Session proposal submitters receive submission status notification

View the Session Proposal submission guidelines (pdf)



Panels are lecture-based and 1.5 hours in length with a moderator and 3-4 panelists (panel moderators may also speak as panelists). Panelists will speak for approximately 15-20 minutes each on individual topic areas relating to the overall title/theme of the panel, closing with a moderated question and answer period. Standard audio/visual equipment and meeting room sets are supplied by the IARS.


PBLDs are conducted as case-based, problem-oriented, learner-centered discussions with 1-2 presenters. Participants will engage in a didactic case-based learning session with the opportunity to closely interact with the session presenter(s) and attendees. The PBLDs are 1 hour in length with one moderator. The session is scheduled as a breakfast or lunch session. Attendance is limited to 12-15 registrants. There is NO audiovisual. A standard meeting room set is supplied by the IARS.

Note: PBLD presenters are responsible for all expenses associated with their sessions, including meeting registration fees and travel to the meeting.


Review Course Lectures are presentation-based on big picture, cutting-edge topics, given by 1-2 presenter(s), and are 45 minutes in length. Presenters will speak for approximately 30 minutes total relating to the overall title/theme of the RCL, closing with a 15-minute moderated question and answer period. Standard audio/visual equipment and meeting room sets are supplied by the IARS.


Symposia are lecture-based and 2 1/2 hours in length with a moderator along with 3-4 presenters (symposia moderators may also speak as presenters). Presenters will speak on individual topic areas related to the overall title/theme of the symposium. Presenters will speak for approximately 45 minutes each, closing with a moderated question and answer period. Standard audio/visual equipment and meeting room sets are supplied by the IARS. Symposia content must be of interest to a broad cross section of anesthesia specialty disciplines. When inviting symposia presenters to participate in your session, please consider both researchers and clinicians.


IARS workshops are lecture and hands-on based sessions that are a minimum of 3 hours in length. A workshop organizer, along with 3 to 6 presenters (workshop organizers may also act as a presenter), will provide a lecture as well as demonstrate/hands-on training techniques and skills on topic areas related to the overall title/theme of the workshop. Standard audio/visual equipment and workshop meeting room sets are supplied by the IARS.


In contrast to the traditional session formats, innovative sessions are more interactive, and exchange-oriented. Innovative sessions aim to be highly engaging and should include relevant content and practical tools that participants can apply in their practice and research. Session length will vary depending on session format.

Please refer to the examples below when considering your innovative session submission.

TED Talks: TED talk speakers are expected to provide an engaging discussion on a topic of their choice (e.g., advances and challenges in anesthesiology, or a break-through discovery in research).

Note: TED Talk presenters are responsible for all expenses associated with their sessions, including meeting registration fees and travel to the meeting.

7-14-28 Presentations: A rapid-fire showcase of ideas, innovations, and theories. Speakers have 7 minutes to present with a limit of 14 slides maximum. Slides must have a font size of 28-point minimum.

Campfire Session: Begins like a traditional panel with speakers presenting an idea at the front of the room to the group. After 15-20 minutes, the focus shifts to the audience, who will generate most of the discussion and knowledge-sharing. Presenters become the facilitators, allowing the audience to drive learning.

Chain Reaction Panel: A Chain Reaction panel is an alternative to traditional panel discussions, wherein everyone has a chance to be the interviewer and interviewee, thereby mixing up your event lineup.

Debate: Debates are an engaging way to present opposing views about a topic. Generally, a Debate includes a moderator and presenters who represent each side of a controversial topic. The Debate may consist of the moderator stating a proposition, one side presenting affirming arguments, and the other side presenting dissenting arguments. Alternatively, the moderator may pose pointed questions whereby each debater shares his or her conflicting views on the topic. Time for rebuttal and audience questions can be incorporated.

Fireside Chats: Fireside chats simulate a natural conversation between two people. Invite an expert who is confident with addressing a whole range of questions and a skilled moderator who can lead an engaging discussion. Since one of the objectives is to involve delegates in the discussion, many fireside chats use audience interaction tools such as Slido to crowd-source questions from the audience.

Fishbowl: Four people sit in the center of a circle and discuss a topic. Eight to 10 people should be ready to be “tappers” and take their place and contribute comments and keep conversation going.

Interactive Quiz to Introduce Speakers: The event starts with a survey game format that people are familiar with from popular TV trivia games. The presenters are divided into two teams and the host asks a series of questions based on the pre-event survey and lets teams guess the right answers.

Master Tutorial: The primary purpose of the Master Tutorial is to educate the audience about a focal I-O topic. For example, Tutorials might be developed to provide an update on a specified content area, discuss a new statistical technique, or describe how knowledge from another discipline can be applied to an I-O problem or topic. Topics that are not appropriate include descriptions of commercial products that the presenter is marketing.

Roundtable/Conversation Hour: The typical approach for this session type is to have one or two experts of a focal scientific or practical I-O topic serve as hosts. Members of the audience are typically seated in a circle to facilitate their active participation in the discussion with the hosts and with each other. This session type is well suited to helping attendees with problems they are currently facing, discussing the latest developments in an area, and/or facilitating network development among people with similar interests.

Storytelling: Storytelling is an ancient art that makes for an engaging workshop format. Your session may include instruction in storytelling. With each story being 15-minutes long with 10 minutes for Q&A, two stories are perfect for a 50-minute session period.

World Café: This format is designed to facilitate conversation between participants and enable a more sustained discussion. Attendees sit at tables with 4-6 people in informal, café-style seating. The session begins with an introduction and a “big” question that attendees are asked to discuss for about 15 minutes. Once time is up, all but one participant move to a new table. After 2-3 rounds, main points from each table are shared with the entire room.