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 😉
During the abstract submission process (or later on during participant registration if you are not submitting an abstract) you can tick a box to indicate if you are willing to share something that you did wrong, in a short (2-5 minutes) oral presentation – no PowerPoints. Your answers will give us an idea of how to schedule this session. We will be in contact with you later to sort out details. Let’s celebrate failure!
If you sign up, you can already indicate whether your mistake concerns: Partnership/Stakeholder Relations, Methodology, Publicity or Something Else. Or maybe you don’t know yet… maybe you have made so many mistakes it’s hard to choose. And don’t worry, even if you have never made a mistake before, but promise to make a big one before the conference, you will be most welcome as well ;-).
We may approach participants after the session to see if we can produce a joint paper on the issue if we can manage to preserve anonymity of the presented cases.