While the place-based component may be postponed, virtual participation will continue as planned. Our working principle is that research and professional work must continue. In parallel to the concerns for the well-being of our Research Network members, we want to offer a sense of hope as well as a way to connect.
Last Updated: 8 April 2020***
16th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society (26-27 March)
12th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses (16-17 April)
13th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies (23-24 April)
10th International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society (30 April - 1 May)
10th International Conference on the Constructed Environment (13-14 May 2020)
20th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture & Change in Organizations (27-28 May 2020)
Thirteenth Global Studies Conference (4-5 June 2020)
***All other 2020 conferences will proceed as planned, though decision making is being done in the context of evolving global and local conditions.
When we cannot meet in person there are ways to connect virtually.
In order to support more inclusive participation, virtual sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar, bringing global ideas to the local. We offer two virtual presentation formats:
Lightning talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Authors present summaries or overviews of their work, describing the essential features (related to purpose, procedures, outcomes, or product). Like Paper Presentations, Lightning Talks are grouped according to topic or perspective into themed sessions. Authors are welcome to submit traditional "lecture style" videos or videos that use visual supports like PowerPoint. Final videos must be submitted at least one month prior to the conference start date. After the conference, videos are then presented on the network YouTube channel. Full papers can based in the virtual poster can also be submitted for consideration in the journal.
This format is ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations. Each poster should include a brief abstract of the purpose and procedures of the work. After acceptance, presenters are provided with a template, and Virtual Posters are submitted as a PDF or in PowerPoint. Final posters must be submitted at least one month prior to the conference start date. Full papers can based in the virtual poster can also be submitted for consideration in the journal.
Our development team at the Common Ground Media Lab is also working tirelessly on the roll-out of a more robust Virtual Participation experience. Alongside our longstanding innovative work in digital pedagogy and content delivery in the CGScholar social knowledge platform, we have accelerated ongoing work to extend our virtual conference offerings. Stay tuned!
As a not-for-profit, we are fundamentally guided by our mission: to support the building of better societies and informed citizenries through rigorous and inclusive social knowledge practices, offering in-person and online scholarly communication spaces.
The power and resilience of these ideas are that they are presented and tested in a shared space where differences can meet and safely connect—differences of perspective, experience, knowledge base, methodology, geographical or cultural origins, and institutional affiliation. These are the kinds of vigorous and sympathetic academic milieus in which the most productive deliberations about the future can be held. We strive to create places of intellectual interaction and imagination that our future deserves.
We look forward to seeing you in person and virtually in 2020.