Plenary sessions can include the following formats: panels, debates, or Living Room Conversations. These sessions run unopposed and are designed to cover the "30,000 foot" perspective on timely, important, complex, and thought-provoking issues in research ethics and animal care and use, and 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 animal care and use community. Plenaries generally involve one moderator and three panelists, depending on the session format.
Breakout sessions are smaller sessions that address more narrow topics. Breakout sessions tend to be more hands-on; attendees come to these sessions to learn best practices and to discuss examples and case studies, and they want to leave with practical strategies they can take back to their institution. There are five breakout session series with approximately 12 concurrent sessions per series, and sessions are organized into thematic tracks. Breakout sessions feature between two and three speakers depending on the topic. When submitting a breakout session proposal, you will be asked to indicate how this session should be facilitated (i.e., interactive, didactic, active learning, etc.).