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…

Is Peer Review Productive?

Peer review is the evaluation of an abstract or paper by work by other people with a competence on the topic in the same field of research. It is usually either single-blind reviewed, double-blind reviewed or open reviewed. Every reviewer commits to provide timely and detailed feedback for authors. The main goal of peer reviewing is to increase the…

Are Research Conferences Embracing Technology?

When it comes to academic conferences, the general consensus is they are more reluctant to change compared to the general events industry. Some practices have been in place for decades. While technology is not necessarily a new phenomenon, the conference industry has not been known for embracing a lot of change. The question is, is…

Reducing the Workload on Authors during Abstract Submission

Authors have spent endless hours solving problems, writing and rewriting their papers. The next step is getting their content reviewed in a conference setting. After all the arduous hours it took to put their paper together, the last thing they need is a long process of abstract submission or a mediocre reviewing standard. After the…