We invite you to submit a proposal to lead a Working Group at ESRS 2019. You should follow the instructions below. Proposals should be kept short and succinct. They should be no longer than one A4 side.

Title: Short title

Convenors: Name(s), affiliation (identify contact person)

Objectives: Briefly explain how your proposed WG engages with the themes of the conference and what you are hoping to achieve from your WG (e.g. discussion, joint publications, possible future collaborations).

Topic: Context for your proposed WG and how it fits with current scientific knowledge. This may include a short list of sub-themes.

Format: Explain how your WG will be organised. Each working group session will last for 90 minutes. Traditional long paper workshops are welcome (as described below), but you are also encouraged to consider non-traditional formats in order to ensure widest engagement and participation within your WG. Some examples could include the use of one or a combination of the following (this is not an exhaustive list and other formats could be used): 

  • Traditional workshop: 3-4 papers presented by authors in advance of opening to the floor for Q&As and wider discussion.
  • Discussant workshop: A couple of discussants review a single paper. All papers have been submitted in advance of event and each author responds before opening discussion to the floor.
  • Panel debates: 4-5 panellists make very short presentations (5 minutes) on the topic and a moderated discussion follows between panellists and audience.
  • Pecha Kucha: 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each (total 6 mins 40 sec); moderated discussion follows.
  • World Café: 3-4 meeting stations are located around the room. A number of questions are posed at each, moderated by a table host. Participants rotate around the room to engage with the conversation and at each new station they are briefed by the host on the previous discussion. A brief summary is fed into the wider group by table hosts.
  • Split session: Traditional short paper presentation followed by small table discussions.
  • Lightning talks: Very short presentations (2-8 minutes) are made by presenters before moving on to an open and moderated discussion involving the audience.
  • Fishbowl: 4-5 speakers are seated in an inner circle with one free chair, this is the fishbowl. The remainder of the group are seated in concentric circles. The inner group start discussing an issue, and any member of the audience can occupy the empty chair. When this occurs an existing member of the fishbowl must leave to free a chair. As discussion progresses, participants enter and leave the fishbowl. At the end the moderator summarises discussion.

Send proposals

Send proposals to Chair of the Scientific Committee, Ruth McAreavey ruth.mcareavey@ncl.ac.uk, no later than 1st October 2018. The Scientific Committee will review applications, identifying those for inclusion in the conference programme. In the event where there are a number of similarly themed proposals and subject to the proposed format, groups may be merged. For this reason you are encouraged to reach out to others working in your area to co-ordinate activities.