With summer fast approaching we are beginning to promote the call for submissions to the conference. We imagine you sitting in the garden or on the beach, relaxing with friends or family, and then – Blam! – a great idea for a conference paper takes seed in your head… OK, perhaps not.
Which is why we have cunningly put the deadline for submissions to the conference as 1 November, which we hope will give you all time to enjoy your holidays and breaks in the summer before putting fingers to keyboard and writing your submissions.
We have a dedicated page up on the website – http://www.open.ac.uk/about/inclusion-and-curriculum/research-and-scholarship-community-practice/wp-conference-2014-widening-participation-through-curr-0 – which outlines how to make your submissions and what is required. At our last conference we asked for a 1,000 word overview paper to accompany the submission, which gave the opportunity for the research to be described in more depth.
After the conference we will be working with presenters to edit these 1,000 word papers as mini-article for publication, and encouraging and supporting further development of full articles wherever possible.
As in previous years, we shall be working closely with Editors of the journal Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning to publish the mini-articles, which will offer your work to a global audience: Readership of the on-line version of our last conference special issue is in the thousands.
We are also going to buck recent trends at conferences to squeeze as many papers into the programme as possible. Its effect can be to truncate presentations to the extent that researchers are unable to convey the important messages of their research in the time they are given. Which is not fair, and is does not make for a good conference experience for presenters or delegates. So we will be giving more airtime to each of the papers – 30 minutes rather than the more usual 15 or 20 – and plenty of time for discussion, both after the presentations and virtually following the conference.
So if you’ve not already done so:
- Add the conference to your diary (downloads an electronic calendar item);
- Join the conference mailing list: just send an email to WP-Conference2014@open.ac.uk with “Sign me up” in the subject line.
- Follow updates via Twitter by following @heiwpresearch or tag #WPCONF2014; and
- Get writing that submission!
If you have any queries regarding your submission, please get in contact: email@example.com.