[ASC-list] ASC2014 - Call for session producers and presenters

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Sat Aug 24 02:17:52 UTC 2013

Hi all
We have had a question about the mix of abstracts, session proposals and
alignment to a research stream.

I wanted to take this opportunity to provide a little background context to
conference planning this time around. We are very interested in evolving
toward an integrated conference program where we see sci comm research and
theory present alongside sci comm practice in the field.

We believe this type of approach has the potential to make our conferences
more valuable for everyone, whether practitioner or researcher.

We have had calls for more case studies and real life stories from
practitioners (so many people doing good things that we don't get to hear
about - please consider letting us know your recent challenges and
successes by way of case studies!), as well as requests for more time for
research Q&A and more research embedded in the main program.

In addition, a conference proceedings has long been on the wish-list.

For the first time we are in a position to offer *all* practitioners and
researchers the opportunity to submit abstracts and papers for a conference

Abstracts or session proposals are required to help develop the program.
Papers are by no means mandatory. An excellent session proposal (sans
paper) is very welcome! The opportunity to *also* supply a paper
(practitioners) is merely a bonus and gives an opportunity to document and
share more widely the good things that will be presented at the conference.

As this is the first time we are attempting an integration of the two,
along with a full conference proceedings, please bear with us if we have
not explicated the process clearly.

The program committee is working through the appropriate explanatory
language and processes to help make this a valuable opportunity for
everyone, and especially the field of science communication in Australia.

We hope the results of this conference will be useful to many, both now and
in the future.

By all means, if you have any questions, require more clarification, come
across any stumbling blocks, or just want to express a view about our new
approach please share!

We look forward to excellent submissions from our professional and academic
community in all shapes and forms and these will assist us in making a
conference by you for you.

Claire on behalf of the ASC2014 Conference Program Committee,
program.committee at asc.asn.au

On 23 August 2013 12:58, Claire Harris <claireharris.oz at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello ASC-listers
> It is time! The ASC Conference Program Committee is now calling all
> potential session producers and presenters to submit their session
> proposals or presenter abstracts.
> All the information you need is on the Session Producers and Speakers<http://www.ascconference.asn.au/index.php/speakers> webpage
> but more below.
> ASC2014 <http://www.ascconference.asn.au> will be held at the Brisbane
> Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2-5 February 2014. Registrations are
> open and the Super EarlyBird rate is still available.
> 1.       Session producers
> You are invited to submit proposals for conference sessions*. You have the
> opportunity to conceive, design and organise your ideal session and have
> your contributions recognised in the Conference Program. For the first
> time, you also have the opportunity to be part of  the Conference
> Proceedings. And you may choose whether or not to also participate in the
> session. Spaces are limited!
> *Stuck for a specific idea but really want to be involved? Contact the
> conference program committee at program.committee at asc.asn.au to be
> offered a plethora of session ideas waiting to find an owner.
> 2.       Speakers
> The call for abstracts for the ASC2014 National Conference is open and
> submissions to present (either orally or via poster)  are invited. In 2014,
> the ASC National Conference will feature presentations in  a few
> categories: 1. abstract only, 2. non-refereed paper or 3. peer-reviewed
> papers.
> Where possible, research-focused paper presentations will be mainstreamed
> in conference sessions addressing relevant conference themes. There may be
> some separate sessions for research papers that do not fit squarely in the
> conference themes.
> The first step is submitting an abstract. This must be submitted based on
> the guidelines. Some people who have abstracts accepted will be invited to
> submit full papers and choose whether they want these peer-reviewed (DEEWR
> publication category E1) or not (DEEWR publication category E2).
> All session producers and speakers are invited to submit their proposals
> and abstracts via the Session Producer and Speaker Portal.
> Best wishes
> Claire
> --
> Claire Harris
> ASC2014 Organising Committee
> A/President, Australian Science Communicators
> 0413 883 414
> www.asc.asn.au
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