ACSP-AESOP Joint Conference (Chicago, July 2008) YOUNG ACADEMICS ROUNDTABLE

ACSP-AESOP Joint Conference (Chicago, July 2008) YOUNG ACADEMICS ROUNDTABLE  image
  • July 9, 2008

Roundtable Objectives

The AESOP Young Academics have recognised that young planning scholars often find it difficult to position themselves at big scientific conferences. One of the reasons for this includes fear of presenting to an experienced audience, which may be exacerbated by a lack of the know-how of good presenting.

Therefore, for their 2008 Roundtable, the AESOP Young Academics are organising a Session at the ACSP/AESOP Chicago Conference to help young planning scholars overcoming their personal uncertainties and to encourage them to become more active at scientific conferences.

The focus of the roundtable is to look at the different benefits that academics can derive from presenting at conferences. This provides a mean to look at the different approaches that can be taken to giving a paper, and to highlight the practicalities involved in ensuring that young academics really do benefit from conference participation.

  • presentations as a road map to academic publishing;
  • presentations as a ‘dry run’ for the oral examination or viva voce exam;
  • presentations as a transferable skill for the academic career; and
  • presentations to catch the eye of a potential partner;

Each panel-speaker will talk for around 10 minutes on the basis of what they find conferences useful for, addressing in particular the following questions:

  • What makes a good presentation?
  • What to bear in mind if you want to use a presentation to achieve a particular end e.g. getting good feedback to improve a paper prior to journal submission?
  • What kinds of things need to be done to make a presentation good (memorable for the right reasons)?
  • What are the practical tips for what to do and not do during a presentation?
  • How to manage the presentation space to get the most out of it (like check power‑point beforehand and make sure that the chair stops a really verbose speaker so you have enough time to present)?
  • Advice on being a discussant in a paper session or a roundtable.

The accent on this event is in allowing newer academics to learn more easily from the practical experiences and insights of more established academics in the field. We hope to encourage an informal atmosphere based on storytelling approaches from our panel-speakers.