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eLightning Session Chair Guidelines Before the Meeting


Whether this is your first time chairing an AGU Fall Meeting eLightning session or you are an experienced Fall Meeting eLightning session chair, you are encouraged to attend the live session chair training or to view the training online prior to the start of the meeting.

Prior to the live eLightning session:

  • Check the online program for any changes or updates.
  • Refer to the AGU Ethics and Equity Center for guidance on issues you may face as a convener or session chair.
  • Familiarize yourself with the pronunciation of presenter names and affiliations.
  • Reach out in advance to the presenting authors in your session and review how the session will run and discuss in advance a general discussion topic based on the presentations. This session format provides an opportunity to discuss or highlight some of the larger science questions around the presentations or explore future needs and challenges.

Chair Training Resources*

  • Live and recorded trainings on how to conduct live Q&A sessions and pre-recorded presentation tips will be available in late October.
  • AGU and technical staff will hold dedicated office hours to provide an overview on use of the virtual platforms.

*Specific dates and times to be announced.


eLightning session chairs will be able to view the list of presenters and their contact information in their sessions.

eLightning session chairs will also be given access to monitor if a presenter has created their virtual presentation.

Code of Conduct

AGU is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AGU staff. All participants are expected to abide by the AGU Meetings Code of Conduct.
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