Plenary sessions cover the "30,000 foot" perspective on timely, important, complex, and thought-provoking issues in research ethics and human subjects protections. Proposals should seek to cover multiple perspectives on ethical, conceptual, and policy issues that will be of interest to a broad range of individuals involved in the research enterprise. Formats include: panels (three speakers plus a moderator), debates (two debaters plus a moderator), and living room conversations (three to four speakers plus a moderator, informal discussion format).
Breakout sessions are smaller offerings on more narrow topics, and attendees are there to learn best practices, discuss examples and case studies, and leave with practical strategies. Breakout session formats include: workshops (interactive), didactic sessions (presentation-based), and double sessions (longer session that takes place over lunch and is a mix of interaction and lecture). These are smaller sessions that address more narrow topics. Breakout sessions feature between two to three speakers.