Accessible conference design – 10 things to consider

Improving access to your research conference means considering how the whole event is designed, wheelchair ramps alone won’t cut it. “Having organized a couple of conferences, I don’t think anyone’s ever said to me, ‘Here’s a book on how to make your conference accessible.’” Professor of Gender and Employment Studies Dr Kate Sang recently carried…

5 Free collaboration tools every conference organizing committee should use

Use these free collaboration tools to help you organize a fantastic research conference, no matter where your committee members are located. You’ve got your conference organizing committee lined up. Your steering committee is set. You have a program chair, and a local chair too. There’s just one issue: you’re all dispersed across different locations. When…

Is Call for Papers dead?

The traditional Call for Papers route has become a tale of crossposting and missed connections, the research community deserves better. For my final year undergrad project, I developed something similar to what we know to be Apple Pay today. One of my supervisors said, “Hey, we could get a conference paper out of this.” I didn’t even know…

Why accessibility at conferences impacts academic debate

Lack of accessibility at conferences doesn’t just exclude disabled delegates, it damages the quality of academic debate. Packed programs that leave little time for fresh air or relaxation breaks, venues unsuitable for people with mobility issues, and lack of awareness of individual needs. Dr Kate Sang is Professor of Gender and Employment Studies at Heriot-Watt…

Showing your conference logo some love

If you’ve never been involved in logo design before, you probably haven’t considered how much thought goes into these little guys. Let me give you an example. You know those logos? You’re not sure what’s wrong with them, but you know they’re just not quite…right. “Make a logo,” someone probably said, “make it look like…

6 Mistakes conference delegates make (and how to avoid them)

Research conferences are gold. When it comes to strengthening your work, there aren’t many things that can beat them. Where else can you talk to researchers in your field, expand your social and professional network, promote yourself and discover new streams of thought? All over an exhausting exciting few days. Conferences are your research social…

PaperCrowd: Fixing Call for Papers

PaperCrowd is Ex Ordo’s new, global research conference directory. It fixes the Call for Papers problem. Best of all..it’s free! The Call for Papers problem. Here in Ex Ordo, we’ve worked with hundreds of research conferences since 2008. One thing that has bugged us from the start is how poorly the traditional Call for Papers (CFP) serves…

Presenting do’s & don’ts [Infographic]

Presenting in front of any type of audience can be daunting at the best of times, but being prepared is always half the battle. Recently, the people at Walkerstone created a very clever infographic on what you should and shouldn’t do when presenting to an audience – who knew the average human attention span is now…

Simplify the review process with Ex Ordo

With research conferences, the review process is crucial to developing a strong technical program. Submissions to conferences should be reviewed by experts in each particular topic area.  Reviewers score and grade submissions and make a recommendation for acceptance or rejection to the chair.   Ex Ordo’s platform minimises the pain involved in reviewing. Our aim is to…

How to RSVP using Ex Ordo

When you send an invitation of any kind, you normally would like the invitee to reply by a specific date stating whether they’ll be in attendance or not. The main reason for this is to get a better idea of the number of attendees at your event. It happens with wedding and party invitations, for…