Thank you for chairing a session at the 22nd International Farm Management Association Congress.

The session you have been assigned can be found on the online conference program and also in the printed Program.

The objective of IFMA is to further the knowledge and understanding of farm business management and to exchange ideas and information about farm management theory and practice throughout the world.  The specific theme of IFMA22 is ‘Growing agriculture at 410 South’, recognising that Tasmania is an example that will be applicable to other regions around the world.

The Plenary sessions are opportunities to draw together and highlight key points on selected farm management themes that relate to growing the fam-gate value of agriculture.  As a chairperson you play a key role in ensuring that this happens by setting the scene at the start of the session, managing questions and discussion, and summing up at the end of a session.

The Moderators will receive and collate (and perhaps re-phrase) questions that will be put to each speaker through the Chairperson.

Good time keeping is essential throughout – please do not allow speakers to exceed their allocated time.

The allocated time for speakers varies; please make sure you adhere to the program.  Most presentations are allocated 30 minutes, so as a general rule allow 5 minutes for questions; remember this is included in the total time allocate in the in the program.

Please remind attendees to switch off their mobile phones at the start of each session.

The congress language is English but please remember the audience is international: any acronyms should be explained when first used and colloquial terms should be avoided.

Introducing speakers: biopic information provided by invited speakers will be provided to relevant chairpeople but you may wish to supplement it.

Below are some tips to assist you with the chairing process:

  • All plenary sessions will be held in the Chancellor.
  • Please go to the room 15 minutes prior to the start time to meet with the speakers for that session and the audio visual technician. The AV technician is assigned to trouble shoot any technical issues should they arise.
  • Please familiarise yourself with the room. There will be a chair table where you will find a copy of these notes and a counter bell
  • Ensure the session starts and finishes on time. Gently ring the bell to remind speakers of the time (if required).
  • You will be advised of any housekeeping items or program updates by the registration staff or committee. Please announce these at the beginning of the session.
  • Begin the session on time by asking that all electronic devices be turned to silent. Please use your phone clock to keep to time.
  • Speaker biographies can be found online and a printed copy will also be provided for you in the session room.
  • Speakers have been asked to sit in the front row of the theatre so they can move to the lectern quickly at the end of the previous presentation.
  • If time allows, invite questions from the floor via the Sli.Do app.
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The objective of the International Farm Management Association is to further the knowledge and understanding of farm business management and to exchange ideas and information about farm management theory and practice throughout the world. The IFMA is a non profit-making organisation and currently the Association has members in over 50 countries.

Congress Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the Congress.

Photography Credits

Tourism Tasmania, Barnbougle Dunes, Ray Joyce, Health Holden, Graham Freeman, Joe Shemesh, Glenn Gibson, Hobart City Council, Nick Osborne, National Trust Tasmania, Dale Baldwin, Brian Dullaghan, Rob Burnett, Alistair Bett, Alice Bennett, Wai Nang Poon, Chris Crerar, Kathy Leahy, Flow Mountain Bike, Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service, James Bowden, Masaaki Aihara, Sean Feennessy, Bruce Irwin, Liz Knox