Instructions for conference preparation – Research Papers
We would like to make this a paperless conference so there will be no hard copies of papers available. Please make sure you have your copies of what you have read.
There will be no hard copies of the timetable. Please make sure you have access to the latest draft.
Preparing for parallel paper sessions
The format for the parallel session is 10 min for the presenter followed by a 30 min discussion with the audience – a total of 40 min. After each session there is 5 min to change rooms if you wish to attend a paper in a different room. Therefore it is important that we all keep strictly to the times in the program and make sure that you get to the room on time after coffee and lunch breaks.
The format is strictly unplugged with an emphasis on discussion and development of the paper.
The role of the Presenter
As everyone listening has read the paper beforehand the presenters have 10 min to remind the audience about the content of the paper. In this time the presenter will identify some relevant questions for the group, which might help the development of their papers and request suggestions for improvement.
The presentation is unplugged – there should be no computers or power point and no IT facilities will be provided. It is important to keep strictly to the allotted time for presentation. The chair will let you know how much time is left.
The role of the Chair
This role is a very important one in a conference where papers are pre-circulated. Consequently, we ask those chairing to:
- Prior to the session to have carefully read the paper which you have been allocated
- Prior to the session to make yourself known to the presenter
- At the session introduce the presenter, remind them that they have 10 minutes for their introduction (they might wish to include some questions for the group)
- Use the reminder cards provided to keep the presenter to the time (5min card and a 1 minute left card)
- After the presentation ensure that the audience is allowed equal opportunity to ask helpful/appreciative question to the presenter.
- Ensure that there are opportunities to develop discussions and debate of specific interests.
- Be prepared to ask questions if the group is not forthcoming.
- Be prepared to intervene in support of the presenter if you feel they are being unfairly treated.
- Be prepared to intervene if necessary to ensure individuals keep their comments succinct and relevant.
- Ensure that the session finishes at the appointed time and finish the session by thanking the presenter and reminding delegates to be prompt for the next session.
- Generally ensure an appreciative and collegial environment
The role of the Discussant
It is very important that you prepare for the session by carefully reading the paper and writing down comments. Your role during the session is to help the presenters improve their paper. You help the presenters by providing helpful and constructive comments as well as highlighting the strong, weak and unclear parts of the paper in order to facilitate constructive comments from the other participants. For instance, you may focus on the positioning of the paper, the research question, the chosen theoretical framework, the research design, the contribution, the line of argumentation, the interestingness and structure.
The role of the Audience
When you attend a session you are expected to have read the paper beforehand. You may have a specific interest in the topic or just be curious about it, so it is a good idea to prepare helpful questions to the presenter. We want to promote a supportive dynamic discussion and hope that you are also able to develop broader discussions concerning issues and analysis arising from the papers.