PROPOSAL TYPES 

All proposals should relate to the overall conference theme and link to one of six sub–themes.

Full paper:  A traditional presentation informed by theory and / or empirical data which prompts purposeful discussion. 3 papers will be scheduled per 90 minute session, providing approx. 15 minutes for each presenter and time for discussion  Academic papers should not have been published elsewhere and should not have been submitted for publication prior to the conference.

Quick fire paper:  A less formal option than a traditional presentation.  6-7 presenters will be grouped in a 90 minute session.  Each presenter will have 7- 8 minutes to present key ideas from a project, case study, innovation or emerging research followed by discussion.

Note: The Conference Committee will be organising a chair for sessions involving paper and quick fire presentations

Symposium:  Symposia can take a variety of formats offering different perspectives on a specific topic, issue or programme.  We encourage imaginative formats as well as more traditional offerings; possible formats include 3-4 related papers, 6 short talks or a facilitated discussion. All symposia should aim to prompt inclusive stimulating discussion. Symposia will be scheduled for a 90 minute slot.  Each symposium will require a discussant, chair, and an organiser who serves as principal contact.  Please note that all those attending the session will be expected to register and pay to attend the conference.

If the contributions are all from one programme or constituency the discussant should be external to the programme or from a different constituency. Please be aware that there will be a limited number of programme slots for symposia in the 2023 conference.  The Conference Committee will be prioritising symposia proposals that offer critical reflection on programmes and cross-constituency dialogue.

Creative workshop sessions: These sessions can have any format or structure as long as there is a strong focus on people coming together for  dialogue, reflection , and learning and will last 90 minutes. Creative sessions need to have a diverse group of facilitators, and we especially welcome submissions from early career researchers and professionals.

Posters: We welcome traditional academic/ programme posters that can be displayed online and in our exhibition space. Please specify whether you want your poster to be exhibited only online, in the exhibition space, or both.

CONDITIONS FOR PRESENTERS

Abstract submission: All types of proposal require an abstract. Please see submission guidelines for the criteria for the different types of proposals.

One-time presentation: We will continue to implement a one-time presentation rule. You can be a named author or contributor on several submissions, but you can only present once.  Please plan your submissions accordingly. Symposia chairs and discussants can also present papers in other sessions.

Presenter registration deadline: In order to plan the conference timetable presenters of accepted submissions, whether presenting in person or virtually, must register by 3 July 2023 to have their contribution timetabled.  Failure to register and pay for your place by 3 July 2023 will result in your contribution being excluded from the programme.

Presentation / paper expectations:  To support accepted presenters in preparing for the conference we require presenters of all accepted submissions (papers and symposia sessions) to upload presentation slides by 1September 2023 to help with the technology and planning. Your slides will be made available to session chairs in advance of the conference. We also ask you to submit a blog style piece discussing key messages in your presentation (up to 800 words) by 25 September 2023. Blogposts will be published on the UKFIET website and will include presentation slides from each presentation.

Presenters who wish to use slides in their presentations are asked to upload these by 1  September; there is no expectation that presenters must use slides. We encourage presenters to give careful consideration to the number of slides they prepare; we recommend a maximum of 8 slides for a 15 minute presentation.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The following are guidelines for the types of submission invited for consideration.  The Conference is using the Ex Ordo abstract submission system. Please follow the instructions on screen during the submission process.

Individual Paper

300 words

(references are not required but must be included in the word count if used)

Please note that these will undergo blind review so we ask that you do not identify authors in the main text of the abstract.

Please indicate whether the abstract is based on ongoing or completed research.

Quick Fire Paper

150 words

(references are not required but must be included in the word count if used)

Please note that these will undergo blind review so we ask that you do not identify authors in the main text of the abstract.

Please indicate whether the abstract is based on ongoing or completed research.

Symposium

700 words

(references are not required but must be included in the word count if used)

The 700 word abstract should include:

  • Title, organiser, chair, and discussant
  • Title and author/presenter(s) for each contribution in the session
  • Overview of the symposium
  • A brief explanation of how the organiser has addressed diversity in the make up of the symposium members.
  • Indicate whether the abstract is based on ongoing or completed research.

Creative Session

800 words

(references are not required but must be included in the word count if used)

The 800 word abstract should include:

  • Title and organisers
  • Overview of the creative session, including the key message the organisers want participants to take away
  • A brief explanation of how participants will be engaged
  • A brief explanation of how the organiser has addressed diversity in the make up of the symposium members, including if any organisers are early career researchers or professionals

Poster

150 words

(references are not required but must be included in the word count if used)

Please note that these will undergo blind review so we ask that you do not identify authors in the main text of the abstract.

Please indicate whether the abstract is based on ongoing or completed research.

 

Abstracts are expected to show a clear link to the overall conference theme and chosen sub-theme.

Avoid including references in the abstract unless essential (but these must be included in the word count if used). Please ensure your abstract adheres to the word count for the type of submission.

Avoid an overly long title for your abstract.

Ensure that the context of your abstract is sufficiently clear, e.g. country(ies) of focus, level of education addressed, type or period of research etc.

Indicate, if appropriate, whether the abstract is based on ongoing or completed research.

Use clear and concise language. The official language of the conference is English. We encourage authors to have their work proof-read before submission.

Due to pressure of space on the conference programme, abstracts will not be accepted after the deadline of  17 March (23.59GMT)

ABSTRACT REVIEW PROCESS

Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two members of the Conference Committee and assessed against each of the following criteria:

  • Relevance; does the paper directly interrogate the conference  theme (Inclusive Education Systems) and the chosen sub-theme
  • Originality; are there new thoughts, arguments, findings, methodologies or ways of addressing the topic?
  • Clarity and coherence of the enquiry or activity or conceptual framework
  • Significance for educational practice, policy or theory

Submissions for symposia will also be reviewed based on diversity and representation.

In recent years the number of submissions has greatly exceeded the conference capacity, and  acceptance rate has been below 50%. The acceptance criteria for symposia will be particularly stringent given the amount of time these require in the conference programme. In some cases the conference committee may reassign full papers to condensed papers, or symposia to shorter sets of papers, in order to accommodate as many presenters as possible.

Conference Committee decisions on the abstract review process will be communicated to authors by Mid May.

Submit your Abstract