PhD Research School in Linguistics and Philology

Solstrand workshop

10–11 January 2011 Josie Dixon will hold a workshop at Solstrand on writing and giving conference papers.

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Dates: 10–11 January, 2011
Venue: Solstrand Hotel & Bad

Presenting your research at an academic conference can be a daunting experience. Even before you get there, there is the question of identifying the right conference to make your debut, submitting an abstract and getting accepted — and of course writing the paper. What makes an effective abstract, and how do you go about preparing the paper itself? How do you use visual aids like Powerpoint to best advantage in your presentation, and what makes for successful delivery? What should you consider putting in handouts? And how do you plan for the unexpected when it comes to handling questions and feedback? Finally, what else do you need to consider in order to make the most of conferences for your academic career?

This training workshop is run in two sessions. Participants are asked to complete a short pre-course questionnaire beforehand, indicating their level of conference experience (if any), types of conference presentation in their subject area, and priorities for training needs within the topics covered. In addition everyone should prepare a short presentation for delivery on the second day (you will receive more information about this upon signing up for the workshop). Session I offers an overview of all aspects of conference participation, session II is designed to be wholly practical, giving participants the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the first session, rehearse the experience of delivering a paper and handling questions, and feed back to one another in group discussion.

Josie Dixon is an experienced training consultant and specialises in running workshops for postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers and staff in higher education. She has over 40 university clients in the UK, Europe and the USA. Her workshops are aimed specifically at researchers in the humanities and social sciences; principal areas for training are publishing research, writing and giving conference papers and communicating specialist research to non-specialists. She was previously Publishing Director for the Academic Division at Palgrave Macmillan and before that spent 11 years in commissioning and managerial roles at Cambridge University Press. She has attended around a hundred academic conferences, and given papers and plenary talks at many of them, in universities in the UK, Europe and the USA.

You can sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to Martin Paulsen no later than 1 December.

Tentative programme

Monday 10 January

08:30 Departure from Bergen, Muséplass 1

9:30 Arrival at Solstrand

9:45–10:00 Welcome and practicalities

10:00–11:00 Introduction: Why go to conferences, and what audiences expect

How not to give a conference paper! Group exercise and discussion

11:00–11:15 Coffee break

11:15–12:45 Identifying conferences in your subject

Submitting a paper

What makes a good abstract Group exercise, analysis and discussion

12:45–14:15 Lunch

14:15–14:30 Check in

14:30–16:00 Writing your own abstract

Exercise to write abstracts for presentation on day 2

Preparing the paper, Delivering your presentation

16:00–16:15 Coffee break

16:15–17:30 Using Powerpoint Demonstration and group discussion

Handling questions and feedback, Getting the most out of conferences

20:00 Dinner

Tuesday 11 January

09:00–10:30 Presentations

10:30–10:45 Coffee break

10:45–12:00 Presentations, cont.

12:00–12:15 Check out

12:15–13:30 Lunch

13:30–14:30 Discussion

14:30–15:00 Summing up, evaluation

15:15 Departure for Bergen