Below you’ll find some of the Frequently Asked Questions about the Conference.
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￼Papers and posters
There are two main presentation formats at the conference: papers are 20-minute lecture and posters are all part of a 90-minute poster symposium. In the context of organized sessions there might also be panels (see the “organized session” section below).
20-minute lectures are grouped into larger theme sessions that can be organized sessions or general sessions (see below). Each presenter is given 20 minutes for an oral presentation, usually supported by slides or other visual material (a computer and a projector are available in each room). We suggest you deliver your paper for 15 minutes and then allow five minutes for questions and answers. The time slots assigned to each lecture will be adhered to closely so that the session runs on time. It is also an INSNA practice that people often session hop to catch papers of interest and, by the way, it is okay to session hop yourself.
If you are presenting, please load your presentation on the computer before the session starts. If you need your own laptop, test the connection before so that connecting it won’t eat into your presentation time.
If there is no named session chair, the last presenter is considered to be the session chair.
There is one 90-minute session devote to posters (with no other sessions running at the same time). During this time, you and your co-authors will stand in front of or next to a poster that you have made to show the important points of your paper and probably some graphic material.
What are “Organized Sessions” vs. “General Sessions”?
Organized Sessions are themed lecture sessions that have been proposed by scholars, reviewed by the scientific committee, and then listed as a session topic that can be selected by interested presenters. Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by sessions organizers who will decide on the relevance of the abstracts for their session. An abstract not considered relevant for a session may be switched to another session, or be made part of a general session.
General Sessions are lecture sessions with more general themes that have been common at previous Sunbelt conferences, but for which we received no specific proposal for an organized session. These are ‘self-organized’ sessions; each will be chaired by the last person presenting in the session.
A workshop is specifically geared toward teaching attendees some specific method, tool or software relevant to social networks. These presentations are not free and require additional payment for attendance. Prices are indicated on the Registration page. You must be registered for the conference to participate in the workshops. Lunch is included for 6-hour workshops.
A list of all participants in a workshop will be transmitted to the workshop trainers so they can communicate with them to transmit material prior to the Conference.
Do I need a visa to get there?
Most people will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (easy to get online) but some will need a visa. If this is your case, make sure to inform us so we can send you the proper invitation letter (firstname.lastname@example.org). See all the information on the “Transportation and Accommodation” page.
Lunchtime should be long enough so you can share a long lunch with colleagues, take a walk around – even walk to the Festival place, or do other sunbelty things (see the page “Around the Conference” for ideas of what to do in Montréal).
The Hospitality Suite is a long-standing tradition of Sunbelt. There is a Hospitality Suite Wednesday through Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight. Hospitality Suite is an informal occasion to meet and chat with colleagues.
I would like to organize a meeting the day before or after the Conference
Depending on your needs, we may be able to help you find a room and even order lunch for you (for a price, of course!).