Poster: Posters are the preferred format for presenting preliminary research and results of small-scale studies; describing experimental projects/programs or works-in-progress; and reporting system descriptions. Poster sessions are designed to offer direct access to the authors in a way not possible through oral presentations.
Panel: Panel presentations are the preferred format for deeper discussions of an issue or question. These sessions are typically more interactive than oral presentations, involving active discussion among the panelists and the audience.
Roundtable: The goal of a roundtable is to encourage discussion rather than be a presentation/didactic session. The leader should be a knowledgeable and engaging person who can help stimulate a lively discussion.
Lightning Talk *New for 2013*: We are introducing a new format this year, which we hope will enable more participation from conference attendees. These Lightning Sessions are designed to facilitate the speedy sharing of recent research, theory, publications, works-in-progress, projects, applications or experiences pertaining to any aspect of the science or practice of surveillance. Each speaker has just 5 minutes for their talk and must submit no more than 5 slides prior to the conference. The 5 minutes must be strictly adhered to, and will be timed by means of a countdown timer, which the session moderator will control.
Future Concepts and Ideas: This presentation style is focused on projects that are in progress, or to showcase ideas for future projects for discussion feedback.