Presenter and Chair Information

Information for Presenters

All presenters must register at the registration desk on arrival and check in at the Speaker Preview Room. Please check the programme handed out on the day, to confirm the location, date and time of your presentation, as last minute changes may have been made. All meeting rooms will have a data projector, PC (PowerPoint facilities) and internet.

You may review your presentation in the Speaker Preview Room. This is an opportunity to run through your presentation, and there will also be technicians available for any assistance. If you wish to present directly from your laptop, please inform the technicians in the Speaker Preview Room and they will confirm the VGA connector cables are available to provide to you.

Please:

  • Assemble in your session room at least 5 minutes before the session is due to start.
  • Ensure that you sit near the front of the room with easy access to the stage.
  • Ensure that you keep to the time allocated to you, as it will cause disruption to sessions if you run over your allotted time. The chairperson will have warning cards when you have 5mins/2mins remaining.

For individual paper presentations last 15 – 20 minutes, plus some time for questions. They will be scheduled in 90 minute sessions which will normally include 3 papers on similar themes, in exceptional cases, 4 papers may be combined. Session 7 is only 60 minutes and will have only 2 papers. Symposia consist of one 90 minute sessions organised by the submitters. A chairperson for each session will take care of time and manage discussion.

Please plan your presentation in a way to allow some questions within your presentation time. We suggest that presenters end their presentations with a couple of questions in order to stimulate discussion after their presentation. Questions/ discussion should be after each paper and not at the end of the session.

BERA does not issue conference proceedings, so you don’t need to hand in a full paper. However if you are interested in having your paper published in our international peer reviewed journal; British Educational Research Journal please submit this online at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cber.

You can also submit an article to Research Intelligence our Members Magazine. To submit email farzana.rahman@bera.ac.uk. Please use the subject line ‘RI submission’.

As you prepare your papers and presentation for Conference, please do consider whether there might be a suitable Blog. The BERA Blog – https://www.bera.ac.uk/blog – has bene up and running for a couple of months and is already attracting a lot of interest and comment. A timely Blog post might be a good way of publicising your session in Belfast or increasing the impact of your presentation. Please have a look at the submission policy and see whether you might be able to write something suitable. 

Information for Chairs for Individual Paper Sessions

BERA would like to thank all chairs for their most valuable contribution to the conference.

Please make yourself familiar with the session you are supposed to chair. Please check the programme handed out on the day, to confirm the location, date and time of your session, as last minute changes may have been made.

The abstracts of all presentations are online at: https://www.bera.ac.uk/beraconference-2015/programme

All meeting rooms will have a data projector, PC (PowerPoint facilities) and internet. There will be details at the front of the room with contact details for the technicians onsite.

At the beginning of the session check that all presenters have arrived. A short introduction of the presenter and institution can be announced at the beginning of each paper. For each paper questions and discussion should take place immediately after each presentation.

Keep to time and please be firm when reminding speakers to stop.

Thank the presenters at the end and encourage those who wish to engage the speakers in lengthy discussion to do so over coffee. Please make any housekeeping announcements if requested and remind people of the next events on the programme.

If unfortunately some presenters fail to turn up to the session, please agree with the audience and other speakers how the extra time should be used (it may involve an earlier finish, a break, or allowing longer for each speaker). Try to ensure that each speaker is given the same amount of time for the presentation and discussion of their paper.