Moderator Guidelines


The 10th International Conference on Typhoid and Other Invasive Salmonelloses is bringing together more than 300 experts and stakeholders. As a moderator, you play an important role in fostering dialogue between participants during conference sessions and ensuring that the conference adheres to a strict timeline. In order to do this, we ask that moderators follow these guidelines:

Before the session:

  • Touch-base with your co-moderator to divide moderator duties
  • Review with each speaker their allotted time, order of presentation, session format and how time warnings will be indicated
    • Please note that abstract sessions allow for a 10 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions

Beginning the session:

  • Briefly introduce the session topic and format
  • Ask audience members to save all questions for the question and answer session(s)

During the session:

  • Introduce each speaker between presentations
  • Keep the presentations on time. Have an eye on the timer and indicate to the speaker when they have five minutes and one minute left in their presentation
  • Politely and firmly cut off a speaker if they have gone over their time
  • Guide the audience during the question and answer session, reminding them to keep questions relevant to the topic
  • Be prepared with smart, insightful questions in case of a lull in the question and answer session

Ending the session:

  • Wrap up the session on time
  • Thank presenters
  • Direct audience members to the next item on the conference agenda
  • Share feedback with conference organizers