Each participant of the South Asian Youth Summit may attend for one of the following sessions:

Plenary Sessions

The daily plenary sessions feature some of the World’s most distinguished Speakers, policy specialists and community leaders. Plenary sessions bring all conference delegates together at the first session of every morning.

Special Sessions

Special sessions feature presentations by some of the world’s key research leaders, high-level international IYC Ambassadors and policy specialists. These sessions, which are 60-minutes long and held at lunch time, are highly engaging for all delegates. It will produce a joint outcome “Bhubaneswar Youth Declaration”.

Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions connect the three programme components (Science, Community and Leadership) and provide an opportunity for multi-disciplinary, multi-perspective dialogues on topics of common interest. Through interactive formats, speakers share knowledge and perspectives on the issue in question. Additionally, speakers highlight linkages and synergies between different areas of expertise. Technical sessions are 90-minutes in duration per each session.

Panel Sessions

Panel sessions address critical issues that defy simple solutions. Focusing on a single, clearly defined topic or issue, speakers and delegates will share experiences, contribute relevant research findings and brainstorm ideas to identify possible ways forward. Sessions will also report on new results and announce forthcoming research and new initiatives.

Rapporteur Summary Session

A rapporteur summary session will be held immediately before the closing session. The summary session will synthesize the highlights of the week, focusing on important results presented and key recommendations put forward. In addition, rapporteur teams will publish daily reports and session summaries on the conference website and in the online programme. They will present the “Colombo Youth Declaration 2018” draft statements drafted during the Session.