Help delegates swap knowledge, not business cards

29 April 2019

Professional networking is a vital part of the conference-going experience, but too often it’s a game of nerves and chance. In the benefits of conference attendance, professional networking comes up top trumps. Even in the research world, where attendees are challenged to publish or perish, conferences also act as an important real-life social network, where…

Help delegates swap knowledge, not business cards

29 April 2019

Professional networking is a vital part of the conference-going experience, but too often it’s a game of nerves and chance. In the benefits of conference attendance, professional networking comes up top trumps. Even in the research world, where attendees are challenged to publish or perish, conferences also act as an important real-life social network, where…

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Promoting Participation Among Peers: Part I (Interview)

10 November 2014

The unconference (or participant-driven conference) is a conference format that promotes peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. All delegates are invited to participate. This can be difficult in academic conferencing where the traditional approach is mostly used. Adrian Segar, the author of Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love, has kindly given his time to talk about participant-driven…

Conference Day

Surviving your First Academic Conference (Interview)

21 October 2014

Attending your first conference as a PhD student can be daunting for anyone. Dr. Inger Mewburn, Director of research training at the Australian National University and editor of The Thesis Whisperer, a blog newspaper dedicated to the topic of doing your thesis, has kindly shared some advice on how to approach your first research conference. The Thesis…

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Evaluating the Peer Review Process (Interview)

7 October 2014

The peer review process plays an essential role in almost every academic conference. We’ve spoken about the peer review process on numerous occasions on our blog, but we wanted to get the opinion of someone who reviews abstracts on a regular basis. Scott Eacott has kindly given us insight on his thought about peer review….

Peer reviewing

Using Technology to Create an Event Experience (Interview)

16 September 2014

Research conferences are not just about the presentations given, they’re about the whole event experience. Technology can play an integral part in heightening this experience. We recently spoke to J. Damany Daniel, the Chief Imaginator at The Event Nerd, who is a self confessed technology nerd. In 2012, the Special Events Magazine recognised his prowess in…

Conference Day

Who should fund early career researchers’ attendance?

23 July 2014

Getting funding for conference attendance isn’t easy, especially if you’re an early career researcher. What can conference committees do to help? Tseen Khoo and Jonathan O’Donnell, who form the gestalt entity, the Research Whisperer, have kindly helped to shed some light on this topic. Delegate Financial Support The Conference Mentor (TCM): Do you think conference committees should support some…

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