The parallel sessions are consisted of 4-6 oral presentations (papers) per session. The presenters will have about 15 minutes to present their paper. The main purpose of these sessions is to allow presenters the opportunity to convey the importance of their research to a large gathering audience. Below are some guidelines to help you prepare your presentation.

Schedule and Timing
You will receive a notification letter from your program chair as to when and where your presentation is scheduled during the symposium. Be sure to come early to your session to check in with the session facilitator or chair and to go over any last minutes changes your might have. You, or one of your co-authors, must be present during the start of the session. Remember (again), your presentation is limited to 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. Please respect that. The 5 minute question period also allows people to move between session rooms.

Please arrive at your session meeting room at least 15 minutes before the session begins. Take time to familiarize yourself with the set-up at the lectern. You will control/advance the slides during your presentation. We have arranged to have technicians floating between session rooms to assist as needed. The authors can communicate in English, the official language of the conference.

When presenting, make sure you speak slowly and clearly. Do not read from the slide, but explain it. Address the audience when you are speaking. Try not to keep looking down at your presentation. You might also want to involve the audience by asking questions. This is a great way to keep the audience interested in your work. Lastly, just try to relax and have fun when you are up there.

Equipment and Room Setup
Room set up: The meeting rooms are set up in theater style seating (no tables, just rows of chairs).

Equipment set up: Each room is equipped with a standard audiovisual package that will support an electronic presentation. The package includes the following items:
  • Data Projector
  • PC / Laptop (Windows)
  • Wall or Tripod Screen
Presenters do not have to bring their own computer. All presentations must run on the Windows operating system. There will be a laptop computer that will be available in the session room which will have Windows installed. There will also be several software programs available on the computer including: Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader, QuickTime and Windows Media Player.

Should an unforeseen event make it impossible for you to attend the symposium and present your paper, please try to find an associate to present the paper in your absence. If you cannot find a colleague to present on your behalf, or, if for any other reason your paper must be withdrawn, please be sure to immediately notify H. Ridvan Yurtseven (e-mail:
Please note that authors who are in attendance at their assigned the symposium session will have their paper published in the abstract book. This applies to both primary and alternate authors.

By submitting an abstract, authors agree to grant the organizers of the symposium the right to publish it in the abstract book, to be distributed at the Cittaslow Turkey International Symposium. The material should not have been published elsewhere before the meeting. The symposium does not claim copyright and authors are free to publish the same material elsewhere after the Cittaslow Turkey International Symposium. Authors should ensure that publication in the abstract book does not conflict with the rights of third parties, nor violates non-disclosure agreements or copyright laws.