When will full details of the conference appear on the website?
Full details will be posted on the website in early March 2012. We will email all those who have registered for the conference and the Living Knowledge list to let them know when full details are available.
Who can submit abstracts for the conference?
Anyone with an interest in community-university partnerships can submit an abstract. This includes community groups, academics and policy makers amongst others.
What happens at the Open Space session?
The Open Space session is setup to support networking and establishing partnerships. The first Open Space session will have 5min exposé presentations. But following the Open Space methodology everyone can suggest a topic for discussion (then without oral exposé presentation) and a time and place for this discussion. Whoever wants to come will come. All non-booked rooms will be open for talk and informal discussion. The conference venue also offers a couple of informal places for meetings, like cafeteria, garden etc.
How will the poster session work?
The poster session will last for two hours in the morning and will be accessible throughout the whole afternoon. Presenters will be asked to stay close to their posters and make informal presentations to conference delegates. There may also be an opportunity to make a more formal presentation in the Open Space session if you would like to do so.
Why are there so few formal presentation slots in the conference schedule?
Based on the very good experiences of the 4th Living Knowledge Conference in Belfast and previous conferences where participants have said that they would like the opportunity to engage more with each other and to ask questions rather than simply listen we again have structured this conference to reduce the amount of time people are ‘talked to’ and increase the amount of interactive discussion.
What if my University will only support me to attend if I make a presentation?
The poster session is planned as an interactive presentation session. You will make presentations to small groups of people or individuals, and space will be provided where you can sign up to make a more formal presentation during the poster session. If your poster is accepted, you will receive an email indicating that you have been asked to present your paper in session 2.1.
How will the judging of the posters take place?
During the poster presentation session, two judges from the NGO sector will look at all the posters. Criteria for judgement will include how well the poster has communicated information to a non-specialist audience.
How can I get involved in the conference?
If you wish to present at the conference, you may participate by submitting a proposal and a registration or if you do not wish to present, simply register for the Conference. If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still follow the plenary sessions via the live-stream and post your comments live during the session.
When will I hear if my abstract has been accepted?
You will hear if your abstract has been accepted by the 15 December 2011. We will also let you know if your abstract has not been accepted.
Who decides if an abstract is suitable to include in a workshop session?
The international committee will decide if an abstract is suitable to include in a workshop session.
Can I change my proposal after it has been submitted?
Once your proposal has been submitted, we do not allow return access to the proposal submission form. This is so we can maintain control over the papers submitted, and so people cannot decide to present on a completely different subject once their original proposal has been accepted. However, if people do want to make minor changes, they can do so by emailing our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What costs does the registration fee cover?
The registration fee covers areas such as venue related costs, a public transport ticket for Bonn during the conference, morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunches for the duration of the conference, the reception in the townhall and the conference dinner.
Who do I contact if I need more information?