Presentation formats

The Living Knowledge Conference Program Committee has chosen the following innovative presentation formats because they create opportunities for increased discussion, exploration and shared learning. Community member participation in presentations with academics or engagement professionals is also encouraged. Presenters are asked to select from the following six presentation formats.

Poster sessions

A dedicated venue will be established for the display of posters illustrating research outcomes, describing ongoing projects, and elaborating the experience of Science Shops and other Public Engagement in Research. Posters may include photographs, statistical tables, figures, charts, or other graphic material relevant to the project and e-posters are also encouraged. Some posters will be clustered according to the conference themes to increase learning and networking opportunities.

Presenters must be available at their poster to answer questions or conduct a conversation about their poster at a designated time during the conference. (Number of Participants = Open).

Research Presentations

Research presentations are academic in content and demonstrate theoretical underpinning and original research, and report on research that relates to the conference themes. Presentations may be submitted individually or jointly as a panel session (submitted by the panel lead).

Individual presentations will be approximately 20-30 minutes each, with a total of 90 minutes allocated for each session. (Number of Participants = Open).

Roundtable Sessions

Roundtables will provide an opportunity for discussion on important themes and issues relevant to Public Engagement in Research. Presentations may include ideas in development that are relevant to the conferences themes. A roundtable might provide an opportunity for collective problem solving of an identified challenge. A submission to facilitate a roundtable must include a summary describing the problem or issue, its significance, the questions to be posed, and a plan for engaging the participants.

Presentations may be submitted individually or jointly. Maximum of 3 presentations.15 minutes each, with a total of 180 minutes allocated for each session. (Number of Participants = 30 maximum i.e. 5 tables of 6).

Skill Development Workshops

In these workshops, presenters will share their skills and techniques in relation to undertaking Public Engagement in Research, particularly through community-based research and/or university-community partnerships. Workshops should be interactive and focus upon specific learning objectives to increase the participants’ competence in an important area relating to the conference themes and streams. Opportunities for feedback and practice should also be included. When submitting your presentation proposal please indicate your workshop objectives, agenda, and the participation processes.

Workshops will be 90 minutes in length. (Number of Participants = 30 maximum)

Story-telling

Stories should be consistent with the conference theme and streams and they should also reflect the genuine and authentic experience of an individual, a team or a community. For example, a story session could involve a story of a successful or less than successful attempt to engage a multi-disciplinary team of academics in community-based research. A story could also describe the challenges faced and overcome – in full or partially – when strategic Public Engagement in Research policy is put into action.

Three individual stories à 15 minutes each, with a total of 90 minutes allocated for each session. (Number of Participants = 30 maximum).

5-minute Exposé

The 5-Minute Exposé will showcase different ideas, innovations, or theories that are being undertaken by those working in the Public Engagement in Research arena. This knowledge sharing activity will challenge presenters to clearly and succinctly explain their “exposè” in just five minutes and open the floor for new partnerships and co-operation.

Individual presentations will be strictly limited to 5 minutes during the first Open Space session and will be taken into the conference ‘Pre-ceedings’, with a total of 60 minutes allocated for the session. (Number of Participants = Open).

Other Creative Formats

Arts-based sessions and other creative interactive formats can be held throughout the conference, including film, poetry, art work, photo-voice, video and other expressive forms. A submission to facilitate any creative format must include a summary describing the problem or issue addressed, its significance and the technical requirements.

Presenters must be available at their presentation to answer questions or conduct a conversation about their work at a designated time during the conference. (Number of Participants = Open).

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