[Infographic] Benefits of Online Abstract Management

On one hand, many research conference Chairs have to juggle the organisation of their event with a full time job as academics. This means they can’t afford to waste time on admin work that has little added value. On the other hand, putting together a technical programme involves a lot of tasks that can be…

The Perfect IEEE Peer Review System

Since 2013, we’ve been attending IEEE’s Panel of Conference Organizers (POCO) as a preferred partner for IEEE, participating in panels on peer review. At this year’s POCO in Glasgow, we had the opportunity to lead a group session with IEEE volunteers. We asked the participants what would be the characteristics of the perfect Peer Review…

Conference Organizing Made Simple with the help of Mobile Apps

There used to be a time that organizing conferences required an army, equipped with standard phones, notepads or notebooks, different colored ink pens and highlighters. A list of people invited to the conference was always on hand and every update and announcement had to be delivered to each attendee through email, text or a phone…

The Future of Research Conferences, According to The Experts

Academics often complain that research conferences haven’t evolved in years. And yet, many things have the potential to shake up how conferences are done. Internet is opening a new world of possibilities in terms of participation, networking, and collaboration; conferences are becoming more and more international; new technologies are changing how information is being shared and circulated. So what…

Manual Vs Online Abstract Management

Jeni Ryan is the Administrative Officer of the Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing & Midwifery. She’s been organising events for over ten years. She uses Ex Ordo for the School’s flagship event, the Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Conference, which represents 200 to 300 submissions. We’ve interviewed Jeni to understand the benefits she experienced from switching…

Virtually Connecting: an innovative initiative to enhance the virtual conference experience [Interview]

Maha Bali (@Bali_Maha), Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, MOOCaholic and writeaholic and Rebecca Hogue (@rjhogue), an unaffiliated scholar, innovator, and educator met during the #rhizo14 MOOC last January 2014. Together, they founded Virtually Connecting, a project that connects virtual conference participants to onsite attendees via video conferencing tools….

Would your presentation be better off without slides? [Guest post]

This is a guest post by Enago. Slides are an option, not a requirement For anyone whose workweek includes one or more meetings or the infamous ‘town hall’ presentations or who’s attending a research conference, the prospect of yet another PowerPoint slide presentation is enough to generate much eye-rolling and audible groaning. It seems that…

The conference is over: 5 things to do before you celebrate

After months of blood, sweat and tears, your research conference has finally been wrapped up! It came and passed without a hiccup, participants seemed to enjoy themselves and the guest speakers went down a storm. Success! While you’re close to the finish line, your work isn’t quite done yet. Below are five essentials to look…