We are now accepting proposals for the forthcoming BSECS Annual Conference in 2021. The deadline for proposals is 30th November 2020. A draft of the Conference Programme will be made available around the 14th December 2020.

Further details

The BSECS Conference Organising Team are keen to curate an online event that provides similar opportunities and standards of excellence as our in-person conference. However, we are mindful that attending on online event can conflict with working life and home life. This is why we have opted to begin each of the two synchronous days at 12noon, and why we are including an asynchronous day, which will allow delegates to enjoy pre-recorded content and catch up on the recorded papers and panels from the previous day at a time that suits their personal schedule. However, this also means that the number of available paper and panel slots is reduced.

We still aim to represent a diverse range of disciplines and presenters from all career stages and locales. With this in mind, we will be selecting papers and panels based on the following criteria:

 

  • Is the abstract aligned with the conference theme?
  • Is the abstract coherent and written in an accessible manner?
  • The career stage of the proposer (this is to ensure we are representing a diverse range of presenters from all different career stages).
  • The discipline (this is to ensure we are representing a diverse range of disciplines).
  • Where the proposer is based (this is to ensure we are representing a diverse range of presenters from around the country).

 

The proposals will be assessed based on these criteria by members of the BSECS Executive Committee. We aim to let proposers know the outcome by the 14th December 2020. Please be aware, we will not be able to offer feedback on your abstract. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding in this matter, and hope that our loyal BSECS constituency will be able to attend the conference even if they aren’t able to present a paper themselves.

 

  • Panels

    BSECS strongly encourages the submission of pre-formed panels of usually three but occasionally four papers, ideally along with a pre-assigned chairperson.

    As well as personal details, you will be asked for:

    • Panel title
    • Brief description of the proposed panel (max. 3000 characters)
    • Name and contact details of the proposed panel chairperson (if known)
    • Name and email address of each speaker
    • Title and abstract for each paper
    Submit a panel
  • Roundtables

    A roundtable is a more informal session in which several speakers deal with a topic followed by extensive audience discussion. Each panellist may wish to begin the session with a short, introductory address; this should last no more than five minutes.

    As well as your personal details, you will be asked for:

    • Roundtable title
    • Brief description of the proposed roundtable (max. 3000 characters)
    • Name and contact details of the proposed roundtable chairperson
    • Name and email address of each speaker
    Submit a roundtable
  • Individual papers

    Individuals can submit papers which will be allocated to an appropriate panel session usually of three papers. BSECS will supply a chairperson for these panels. Papers must be no longer than twenty minutes.

    As well as your personal details, you will be asked for a title and abstract (max. 3000 characters).

    Submit a paper
  • Alternative format sessions

    BSECS encourages proposals for sessions in original and alternative formats. These may take any form considered appropriate for the conference. Previous examples have included demonstrations, interactive workshops and debates.

    As well as your personal details, you will be asked for:

    • Session title
    • Brief description of the session (max. 3000 characters)
    Submit an alternative format session

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