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At the core of the Congress, plenary sessions define its direction and clear the way for smaller meetings on more specific subjects.
Each day features three plenary sessions: one in the morning to define the broad issue at hand; one at midday to open up new angles; and one in the evening to offer a panorama of lessons that have been learned, agreements that have been reached, and arguments that remain unresolved.
In the morning, before participants break up to form separate workgroups, recognized authorities will introduce them to the day’s topics. By way of a keynote presentation or of a roundtable, they will set the stage, provide background information and open up possible lines of investigation.
After lunch, a second gathering will refocus the discussion, and perhaps help the audience consider it from a new perspective. This plenary differs from the other two in that it delves more deeply into a specific, particularly illustrative problem. It may give expression to more alternative or controversial points of view – opinions that are apt to engage and inspire participants, whether they agree or not.
The final roundup will provide a recap of what has been said and done throughout the Congress that day. Two rapporteurs, chosen for their cross-functional expertise, will present preconclusions based on reports submitted by every particular workgroup. Before they leave Pharo Palace in the evening, attendees will thus be left with a bird’s eye view of the progress made – and of the road that lies ahead.