Call for Proposals – Closed

Notice of acceptance by Feb 17, 2022.

Living Knowledge Conferences favour interaction over one-way presentations. There is ample time for discussions, workshops, and dilemma sessions. From this meeting of people and minds we hope to create synergies that will benefit us all as well as the groups we represent.

The 9th Living Knowledge Conference aims to bring together all those involved in doing or supporting research with and for communities. What can we learn from each other’s approaches? How can we collaborate? Which links have been forged and what connections can still be made? On our network’s 20th anniversary, we will celebrate our achievements and anticipate future developments.

The conference serves anybody who is interested in supporting, facilitating, or doing community-driven, collaborative research, hereby fostering a ‘community of practice’ of both old and new friends.

How can you contribute?

We are open to a broad range of inputs, so please consider how you would like to share your knowledge and experience with us and how you could involve the participants. We encourage creative formats ranging from classic research presentations to workshops and performances, where art and research are combined and participants are involved.

To maximise the opportunities for people to present and interact, a range of formats are suggested. Priority will be given to proposals that have a strong interactive element whereby delegates and presenters have an opportunity through dialogue or other interactive methods to learn, share, exchange and develop their ideas, expertise and practices. An often-heard critique in conference evaluations is the lack of opportunity to interact and participate. Too much time is spent on one-way presentations. Therefore, please ensure that there is opportunity for active participation!

The presentation formats vary from ultrashort sharings, like the 5-minutes Expose (with the possibility for dialogue afterwards) to workshops of 45 to 90 minutes. Poster presentations are a good way of entering into in-depth conversations with those specifically interested in your work.

Please click HERE for more information about the session formats. Make sure to familiarise yourself with these formats before submitting your proposal!

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The following criteria will be used to evaluate proposals:

  • Relevance to the conference theme
  • Clarity of the submitted abstract
  • Novelty of the submitted work
  • (Potential) impact of the work (on society and/or research)
  • Level of collaboration, engagement and synergies of the presented work
  • Level of interaction with conference participants

Your description will help reviewers make an informed evaluation of your proposal and the organising committee to create the conference programme. In the submission form you are kindly requested to select 1 theme that best fits your submission and 1-3 keywords.

Reviewers can accept or reject the submitted proposals or they can advise the participants to focus on certain aspects of the submitted work or use another format. The organising committee will then check the outcome of the review process with the available time-slots and conference rooms and inform you about the decision. Please note that obviously we have less 90 minutes time slots available than shorter slots.

Before the conference, you may be approached by a session chair, whose task it is to give shape to the session and turn it into a coherent event. By then, it will also be possible to upload a full version of your presentation, if you wish to do so.

“Learning from mistakes”

Finally, we intend to organize a special session at the conference, focusing on things that went wrong. Mistakes are usually not widely shared, whereas one can learn from them immensely. These sessions go under various names, like ‘confession session’, ‘failure wake’ or ‘f*** up night’. It will allow you to share your story with your fellow participants in a safe environment, without recording 😉

Please indicate in the abstract submission form whether you are willing to share something that you did wrong, in a short (2-5 minutes) oral presentation – no PowerPoints. You do not need to submit an abstract for this; you can join this session even if you do not have other presentations at the conference or it can be additional to other proposals you send in.