Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

1. What formats are you accepting for this year’s conference?

We are holding a hybrid conference with in-person and online presentations. We will be accepting the following:

  • In-person full-paper presentation in Sheffield
  • In-person lightning presentation in Sheffield
  • Online pre-recorded full-paper presentation and attendance at a Q&A workshop
  • Online pre-recorded lightning presentation and attendance at a Q&A workshop

2. What length should the presentation be?

In-person full-paper presentations should last between 15 and 20 minutes, followed by 5-10 minutes of questions for in-person presentations and 10 minutes of questions for online sessions.

Online full-paper pre-recorded presentations will not be accepted if they are substantially longer than 20 minutes.

Lightning presentations should be 5 minutes, whether in-person or pre-recorded for online. 

3. What is a lightning presentation?

You can choose to deliver a 5 minute talk on your work or ideas. These are ideal to showcase work in progress or condense your research and thinking down to key take-aways for policy actors

3. If I am submitting a presentation for an online session, do I need to submit my recording with my abstract?

No, if your online presentation is accepted, you will be asked to submit your recording in advance of the conference. A deadline will be shared in the communications confirming any acceptance. Failure to meet the deadline may see the presentation withdrawn.

4. Do I have to present a PowerPoint, or can I propose a different format for the session

We are open to alternative presentations and proposals. We encourage you to contact us to find out if we can accommodate your idea. Please email us at [email protected]

5. When will I find out if my presentation/proposal has been accepted?

We will contact you by 22nd January 2024 if your presentation has been successful. You can check your application progress on the Oxford Abstracts app.

6. How can I submit an abstract/proposal?

We are using the Oxford Abstracts platform for the end-to-end management of the conference. Please submit your paper here.

You will be asked to create an account, please make sure to enter your email address correctly, as all communications around your paper and registration will come through this system.

7. Do I have to submit a full paper?

No you do not have to submit a full paper, however, we will be making it possible for you to upload a paper to your contribution. You will need to export your paper as a PDF and upload on the abstract dashboard. This will become available in Mid-March 2024. You can access this here:

8. Where is the venue of the conference?

The in-person element of the conference is taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sheffield. 

9. Do I need to send my presentation in to the conference team ahead of the in-person element of the conference?

We are only a small conference team of volunteers. It is not possible to receive and upload all presentations to the laptops in the rooms ahead of the conference. However, to maximise the experience for those attending online, we are asking that those with a presentation in Session's A or C, located in the Ballroom or Waverley rooms, send their presentations to use by 12th April for merging into one PowerPoint file ready for presentation. You can find out which session you are presenting in on the conference programme. 

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