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A guide to sessions at ECOC

With seven streams in the ECOC 2023 programme, and lots of different session types to choose from, it can be a challenge to select which sessions to take part in. So here’s our summary of the types of sessions you can expect during the week.


Popular, interactive sessions with expert presentations but also with plenty of time for the audience to debate the latest controversial industry topics.

Taking place: Sunday, 1 October

Poster session

Papers are presented in the form of a large poster, and there is the opportunity to discuss the work directly with the author, offering a more intimate and detailed interaction than would be possible in a regular, oral session.

Taking place: Sunday, 1 October

Outreach talk

A talk on a broad aspect of interest, to which the general public, school and University groups will also be invited to attend. This year’s Outreach talk is on the James Webb Space Telescope.

Taking place: Monday, 2 October at 5.30pm

Oral sessions

Papers are presented using slides, with time for a few questions at the end. Regular papers get a 15 minute slot, whereas invited talks have 30 mins and a tutorial paper has one hour.

Taking place: throughout the week

Rump session

A highly interactive and often opinionated debate between the audience and a small panel on current industry hot topics.

Taking place: Tuesday, 3 October at 5:15pm

Special sessions

Sessions with distinct approaches, such as the ‘Hack Your Research!’ or focusing on specific or tangential topics, or aspects of career development. Often organised by other institutions or groups.

Taking place: throughout the week

Post-deadline session

This session showcases the very latest breaking work from the industry and academia. Selection for this session is highly competitive, and will be well-attended – make sure you take your seat early!

Taking place: Thursday, 5 October at 1:30pm

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