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Conference presentation formats

Parallel sessions for the EFYE2021 conference will be sorted according to four different presentation formats: paper sessions, workshops, show-and-tell sessions & poster presentations. Read more about the presentation formats below. All presentations are in English.

Paper Sessions

30-minute paper sessions (20-25 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion) will be scheduled by sub-themes. Papers may treat research, evaluation, policy or practice. Papers should be clearly evidence-based and research presented and should have results that can be reported, even if only in preliminary form. 

Paper submissions (maximum 500 words including references) must include clear discussion of:

  • questions to be addressed;

  • relevance to conference themes;

  • approach to be used;

  • anticipated outcomes or conclusions.

Paper Sessions - Full Research Paper

A part of the 30-minute paper sessions (20-25 minutes with 5-10 minutes for discussion) will be scheduled for full research paper presentations. We are planning to publish a limited number of full research papers in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be published online and open access at tidsskrift.dk which is the Royal Danish Library’s portal for the publication of professional, scientific and cultural journals in digital full-text. At submission stage you should only submit an abstract (500 words).

Full research paper proposals feature significant theoretical reviews, research studies in areas of emergent or innovative educational practice, case studies, evaluations, or projects related to improving the experience of students as they enter and progress through higher education. Full Paper submissions are a maximum of 10 pages, including references.

Criteria for review of submissions

  • The submission articulates the connection to development and the conference theme(s) clearly.
  • The submission demonstrates an understanding of educational research issues existing in the field.
  • The theoretical/methodological frameworks used in the submission are visible and sound.

Paper layout guide


Maximize the chance of acceptance:

  • Define the scope of your paper - how the study contributes to the understanding of experience of students as they enter and progress through higher education.
  • Describe the problem and the research question you will be answering clearly and organize your paper around the problem and the answer to the problem. 
  • Methods,
  • Results, 
  • Interpretation/discussion and conclusion - including the relevance!

The authors must have the copyright to all the material used in the submission or received written permission to use the protected material.  

Before you submit the final version of your paper, please ensure you adhere to the following criteria:

  • the submission file is a PDF document of max. 20 MB
  • Do not include author names or affiliations anywhere in the manuscript, or in any Supplementary Information files (or in any file names). When referring to your own work within the paper, avoid using terminology that might reveal your identity (e.g. avoid phrases such as 'we have previously shown (reference)').

For any questions regarding submission or this guide and template please contact our EFYE Event Organisers

Key dates for full research papers (revised)

  • 31st January: submission of abstract. Succesful applications are notified shortly after.
  • 1st April: submission of full research paper
  • 1st May: review from peers
  • 1st June: submission of final version of full research paper  

Workshop Sessions

60-minute interactive sessions can be conducted by one or more workshop leaders in which educational insights, solutions to problems or effective practices within the themes are shared and developed with international conference participants. Successful workshop proposals require strategies for active engagement of participants. Workshops suitable for fostering new professional networks may be selected for the pre-conference programme (90-minutes sessions).

Workshop submissions (maximum 500 words) must include clear discussion of:

  • goals of the workshop, e.g. reaching a conclusion on a defined theme, brainstorm sessions, sharing experiences, setting up a network;
  • issues to be addressed;
  • relevance to conference themes;
  • approach(es) to be used, including structure of workshop;
  • expected outcomes for participants.

Show-and-Tell Sessions

This format has been popular with delegates at previous EFYE conferences, as it provides the opportunity to hear about a series of initiatives and to engage with presenters and each other.

Four show-and-tell presenters are grouped for a 60-minute session. The show-and-tell presenters are each allotted five minutes to introduce their initiative/project on no more than two slides. The presenters are also provided with a display area, suitable for showing a product, a laptop for film viewing, a poster or hand-out summarising the initiative, and/or examples of materials.

After all show-and-tell presenters have given their brief presentations, session participants can visit the displays and talk further with presenters about their work. The time available allows participants to review several projects and talk individually with presenters. An advantage for presenters is that they can inform participants about their work via a variety of display materials.

The session closes with a facilitated plenary discussion of the presentations, identifying, where possible, any common themes.

Session structure:

  • 20 minutes (4 show-and-tell presenters x 5 minutes)
  • 20 minutes to visit displays
  • 10 minutes plenary discussion

Sessions will be facilitated by an experienced facilitator to ensure time keeping.

Show-and-tell submissions must include discussion of relevance of presentation to conference themes.

Poster Sessions

Posters will be displayed during a special interactive poster session. Poster presentations may treat research, evaluation, policy or practice, and ideally is evidence-based with outcomes that can be presented effectively in visible form. The session will be informal and the organisation will facilitate and stimulate the participants to view the posters.

Poster submissions (maximum 500 words) must include clear discussion of:

  • questions to be addressed;
  • relevance to conference themes;
  • approach to be used;
  • anticipated outcomes or conclusions.



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