Should conference organisers help fund early career researchers’ attendance? (Interview)

Trying to get funding for a trip to a conference is not easy, especially if you’re an early career researcher. We wondered what conference committees could do to ease the financial burden on these researchers. Tseen Khoo and Jonathan O’Donnell, who form the gestalt entity, the Research Whisperer, have kindly helped to shed some light on this…

Should the conference committee thank reviewers?

The reviewing stage is fundamental to any conference. Without reviewing, there won’t be any good feedback loops, and without feedback loops, research communities cannot develop and improve. Reviewers are one of the hardest working groups of people behind the scenes at a conference, but do they get the recognition they deserve? More importantly, do they…

Mobile apps to aid conference networking

Networking at a conference is one of the most difficult aspects of attending a conference for many. It’s difficult to approach someone you’ve never spoken to and try to start a conversation. The growth in technology has helped this process somewhat with mobile apps. Here are some of the most popular mobile apps to help…

Spring Cleaning your mailing list

Before sending out your Call for Papers (CFP), you need to have a mailing list you can actually send the email to (the other option is promote via Conference Announcements sites). The best place to start is with the database of emails from the previous years conference. While this is the most up-to-date list to have,…

3 WordPress themes for your conference website

The conference website is one of the first major milestones of the planning process (there is more information on all the milestones in our conference planning eBook). We have already discussed what to consider when implementing an effective conference website design in the first part of this blog post. It can be time consuming and costly. But…

Effective Conference Website Designs – Part I

As outlined in the conference planning ebook, the planning of the conference begins approximately 12 months before the conference is due to begin. The conference website is one of the first major milestones of the planning process. The website goes live approximately 8 months before the conference begins (when the Call for Papers is issued) in…

Doctor Zen’s insight on Poster Presentation (Interview)

The poster presentation offers a different medium to present your research in a conference setting to that of the oral session. It is a visually effective communication tool and allows one-to-one interaction with conference attendees who are interested in your research. Zen Faulkes has kindly taken time out to help us get a better understanding of…

Get more delegates for your conference

[July 2017 Update: Ex Ordo announce PaperCrowd, the free research conference directory. Promote your conference to the global research community for free. Add your event in a couple of minutes. You can read how PaperCrowd improves the Call for Papers here.] Knowing what motivates delegates to attend a particular conference is paramount. We’ve already looked at the…