Organising a session

February until May 2017

You are always welcome to organise a session or help in any other role to shape the event.

Session principles

Results and quality of a session depend on inclusive and broad based participation. To maintain transparency and an effective interactive dialogue, we beg you to respect the following principles:

  • Focus on emerging issues on the European agenda.
  • Avoid a sort of duplication or “just more of the same” discussion we already had
  • Avoid seminar style presentations (no power points please)
  • Do not invite more than 3-4 panelists, rather include the audience into the debate as much and as early as possible.
  • (Self-) promotion for speaking slots or “speaker placement” – without substantial contribution to programming and session designs – is not appreciated.
  • Ensure stakeholder balanced dialogue, considering also gender and geographical balance.
  • Make sure you have adequate youth representation in your session.
  • Statements should be “punchy” or even provocative, not exceeding 5 minutes (max.) each speaker.
  • Include remote participants with the help of the remote participation moderator.
  • Edit all information about your session at the wiki. In case of needing help please contact the wiki facilitator.
  • Always use your own words to describe your session. If you decide to quote the words of an external source, give them the due respect and acknowledgement by specifying the source.

Session roles

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are responsible for the clustering of submissions into a thematic category they have an expertise in. They define subtopics and identify submissions which fall under this subtopic. The aim is to verify submissions which can be merged in one session. The challenging moment at this point is to merge different submitters into org. teams when their expectation on the focus for the session may be different. With inclusion of SMEs at an early stage we hope to overcome this moment. In the course of the session organising process SMEs will serve as a mentor for the respective category by supporting focal points.

Focal point takes over the responsibility and lead of the session organization. Focal points are kindly requested to observe the session principles. Each session has one or max 2 focal points. Focal points work in close contact and cooperation with the program director.

Org team a group of people shaping the session. Every interested individual can become a member of an organizing team (org team). Please send an email to the EuroDIG secretariat if you want to join a team.

Moderator the facilitator of the session at the event. Moderators are responsible for including the floor and encouraging a lively interaction among all session attendants.

Remote moderator in charge of facilitating participation via digital channels such as WebEx and social medial. Remote moderators monitor and moderate the social media channels and the participants via WebEX and forward questions to the session moderator. Let us know if you like to join the team by contacting the remote participation coordinator.

Reporter takes notes during the session and formulates 3 (max. 5) bullet points at the end of each session that:

  1. relate to the particular session and to European Internet governance policy
  2. are forward looking and propose goals and activities that can be initiated after EuroDIG (recommendations)
  3. are in rough consensus with the audience

Panelists (for plenaries only) will be selected and assigned by the org team, ensuring a stakeholder balanced dialogue also considering gender, youth and geographical balance. Panelists should contribute to the session planning process and keep statements short and punchy.

Key participants (for workshops and any other sessions) are experts willing to provide their knowledge during a session –not necessarily on stage. Key participants should contribute to the session planning process and keep statements short and punchy.

Session formats

TypeDescriptionDurationNo. of SpeakerDegree of interaction with the audienceRemote participation / webcast
Welcoming, opening, key noteThese sessions are in the responsibility of the host. This is the place where high ranking politicians and experts address the audience.30 - 60 min1-4 (in justified cases 5)lowyes
PlenaryIn a plenary broadly based topics will be discussed. The panel consist of high ranking experts from all stakeholder groups.60 - 90 minmax. 4 (in justified cases 5)mediumyes
Plenary break out sessionIt is a follow up from the foregoing plenary and shall build upon on what has been discussed in more depth. A moderator will lead the discussion. It will take place in the main plenary room, but groups can split up.90 minno speaker rather key participantshighno
WorkshopIn a workshop we will deal with more specific topics. It should NOT designed like a small plenary. Please try interactive formats and session styles (open discourse,world cafe, round table)90 minno speaker rather key participantshighyes
FlashThis format gives you all the freedom and flexibility to introduce a very specific topic to a broader audience. It can be a presentation of a project, product or thesis, a controversy, or a possibility for you to gather feedback from the audience.30 minyoulow - high
(this is up to you)
Pre-Event / Side-Event

It became a tradition that major events are surrounded by other meetings and events. Like the New Media Summer School, a board meeting, a general assembly or a meeting of a specific group. Such side events create synergies with the major event in terms of participation and expertise.up to X daysup to youup to youno
Wrap upDuring the last session of EuroDIG we summarize the 2 days and try to formulate a message, which can be brought forward. It will be moderated.30 - 60 min0highyes

Wiki as the organising tool

The organising teams collaborate and document the session planning in the EuroDIGwiki. We kindly ask all organising teams to publish the status of the session development on the discussion page and the final outline on the corresponding session page. The wiki is publicly available and aims to keep all information and workflows in one place. Additionally it increases the inclusiveness and transparency of the EuroDIG process by allowing other interested people to join the teams at any time - according to EuroDIGs slogan “… always open, always inclusive and never too late to get involved!”






  • Draft & evaluate the programme

    1. All submissions are compiled and clustered in key topics. Based on the results of the planning meeting and the online review, a first programme structure is drafted and out for comments until March. 

  • Creating the organising teams

    2. After the consultation focal points will be selected and organising teams created according to the proposal ID numbers listed under each session. All submitters are kindly invited to join the teams. The teams are open to anyone willing to participate. The responsibility for the evolvement of each session is on the focal points and their organising teams in coordination with the EuroDIG Secretariat.

  • Online working tools

    3. The EuroDIG Wiki will serve as a working tool for organising teams to prepare and share information about the session such as reading recommendations, protocolls of telefon conferences, draft of the session topics and key questions, list of potential panellists, session format ideas, etc. (more information coming soon). For this please check the session formats, roles and principles below.

Host 2017

Institutional Partners