We believe academics deserve great tools

Last month, Anand Sarwate, author of the blog The Ergodic Walk, and Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, posted an article on the tools available for academics. He opened it with an unusual question: “Why oh why can’t we have nice web-based software for academic…

Building a cost-effective conference website with WordPress

Choosing the right solution to build your conference website is a critical step. There are a lot of solutions available to build your site, but if you’re looking for a cost-effective yet flexible one, WordPress is your best bet. (This article is about WordPress.org, not WordPress.com. You can read this article to understand the difference)….

5 Rules For a Compelling Conference Website

Having the right list of elements to include on your website isn’t enough to make it great. Website design and usability is a complex science that takes time to master. But this doesn’t mean you can’t build a compelling website without all this expertise! The key is to follow some basic rules that will ensure…

Promoting Participation Among Peers: Part I (Interview)

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…

14 Elements of a Great Conference Website

To build an effective website, you must think like one of your visitors.  Put yourself in their shoes to figure out what information they’ll be looking for and the actions you’ll want them to take. Make sure your content answers all their questions and make it easy for them to engage in your conference. In…

Surviving your First Academic Conference (Interview)

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…

Evaluating the Peer Review Process (Interview)

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….

Using Technology to Create an Event Experience (Interview)

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…