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. We encourage community member participation in presentations with academics or engagement professionals. . 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 should include photographs, statistical tables, figures, charts, or other graphic material relevant to the project. 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 = 30 posters in total).

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).

Theme sessions will be organized by steering committee members. Depending on amount of contributions to the specific themes, the sessions may be organized more as discussions than individual presentations followed by short discussion. Contributors will be informed about this after abstract notification.

Please when choosing this ‘format’, be specific if you like to present your research findings in a session organized by the steering committee or if you like to organize and design a whole workshop yourself , where you invite specific participants. Note, that in the case of self-organizing workshops, each participant still needs to submit their abstract and register to the conference.

Roundtable Sessions

Roundtables will provide an opportunity for discussion on important themes and issues relevant to the conference themes. 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).


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, like living labs, design games etc.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.