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Conference presentation formats

EFYE encourages submissions in multiple formats to account for the many spaces in which FYE activity is active. It is proud to be a community that welcomes and inspires a combination of practice and research. Consequently, proposals are sought for workshops, paper presentations, show-and-tell sessions and poster presentations. Proposals must be written in English, the lingua franca for the conference.

Workshops

60-minute interactive sessions can be conducted by one or more workshop leaders in which educational insights, solutions to problems or effective practices within the themes are shared and developed with international conference participants. Successful proposals will be expected to demonstrate and explain the workshop outline/strategies that will ensure significant interaction between participants. Workshops suitable for fostering new professional networks may be selected for the pre-conference programme (90-minutes sessions).

Workshop submissions (maximum 400 words) must include clear discussion of:

  • goals of the workshop, e.g. reaching a conclusion on a defined theme, brainstorm sessions, sharing experiences, setting up a network;
  • issues to be addressed;
  • relevance to conference themes;
  • approach(es) to be used, including an outline structure, in which at least 50% of the workshop is based on participant-led discussion/audience activities, not presenter-led delivery;
  • expected outcomes for participants.

Paper Sessions

30-minute paper sessions (max. 20 minutes presentation with at least 10 minutes for discussion) will be scheduled by sub-themes. Papers may treat research, evaluation, policy or practice. Papers are likely to fall into two categories ‘research based’ and ‘evaluated practice’.  Successful proposals will be required to demonstrate a clear methodology and/or evidence base. It should contain results that can be reported, even if at the moment of writing the proposal, only in preliminary form.

Paper submissions (maximum 400 words) must include clear discussion of:

  • research questions;

  • theoretical or practical background;

  • approach/methodology used;

  • brief analysis of results or outcomes and conclusions;

  • relevance to conference themes.

Show-and-Tell

This format has been popular with delegates at previous EFYE conferences, as it provides the opportunity to hear about a series of initiatives and to engage with presenters and each other.

Four show-and-tell presenters are grouped for a 60-minute session. The show-and-tell presenters are each allotted five minutes to introduce their initiative/project on no more than two slides. The presenters are also provided with a display area, suitable for a laptop for film viewing, a poster or hand-out summarising the initiative, and/or examples of materials.

After all show-and-tell presenters have given their brief presentations, session participants can visit the displays and talk further with presenters about their work. The time available allows participants to review several projects and talk individually with presenters. An advantage for presenters is that they can inform participants about their work via a variety of display materials.

The session closes with a facilitated plenary discussion of the presentations, identifying, where possible, any common themes.

Session structure:

  • 20 minutes (4 show-and-tell presenters x 5 minutes)
  • 20 minutes to visit displays
  • 10 minutes plenary discussion

Sessions will be facilitated by an experienced facilitator to ensure time keeping.

Show-and-tell submissions must include discussion of relevance of presentation to conference themes.

Poster Presentations

Posters will be displayed during a special poster session. Posters should be no larger than A0 size in portrait orientation. Poster presentations may treat research, evaluation, policy or practice, and ideally is evidence-based with outcomes that can be presented effectively in visible form. Poster submissions (maximum 400 words) must include clear discussion of:

  • questions to be addressed;
  • relevance to conference themes;
  • approach to be used;
  • anticipated outcomes or conclusions.

Colour-coding will help guide participants and a digital ‘poster in my pocket’ system will convey information smoothly. The session will be informal and the organisation will facilitate and stimulate the participants to view the posters.

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