How to Handle the Conference Q&A Session

Being accepted to present your work at a conference is a big achievement. You get to showcase your work to a larger audience. However, the Q&A session is just as important as the presentation itself. Here are some tips on how to handle the conference Q&A session. Set your stall out early Before you begin your presentation,…

A short guide to creating an efficient website

Your conference website is one of the first milestones of the conference planning process (download our conference planning ebook to get more details on all the milestones). Anyone looking for information on your conference will start by looking up for your website in a search engine. Your website is a major promotional tool and will…

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…