Types of proposals

Individual paper; Symposium; Round table; Poster

You are invited to contribute to this debate in a variety of ways: by presenting a paper, sharing in a symposium based on your own and others’ research or scholarly work (including work of a conceptual or theoretical nature) or by organising a ‘round table’ discussion on any aspect of this year’s theme or your own research interests. Empirical and scholarly research from a wide range of perspectives is welcome.

This year we will also be accepting posters. We believe these to be an important format. They provide a valuable stimulus to discussion as well as a practical means of showcasing the wide range of research being undertaken. Accepted posters form an integral part of the academic programme and sessions are included in the programme for poster presenters to talk about their work.

Individual Papers

Each paper accepted for an individual presentation will be allocated a minimum of 30 minutes for presentation and discussion.

Discussion Workshops

The number of abstract submissions to the SRHE Conference is high and in order to include the broadest range of high quality work submitted, contributors may be invited to present their work, along with other contributors, in the format of a discussion workshop. These workshops will offer the opportunity for short individual presentations of papers, and provide time for discussion of papers submitted on related themes.


These provide the opportunity to present related papers on a single theme; the minimum number of papers is 4 and the maximum is 6 papers per symposium. Symposia submissions can be made by one individual and all papers can be submitted together. Alternatively, a planned symposium can be set up and contributors may then add their papers individually using the online submission system.

Symposia proposals must state clearly:

  • the rationale for the symposium,
  • the names of the convenor and/or the chair of the symposium,
  • name of a discussant if appropriate,
  • the names and details of all participating presenters plus the title of each presentation planned.
The symposium proposal must include an abstract and a paper for each presentation.

Round tables

These comprise discussions of linked contributions for which there is a presiding chair/discussant and a minimum of three paper presentations for each session. The Round table format may be especially suitable for ‘work in progress’ submissions, providing a platform for discussion with other researchers working on related topics.

Proposals for roundtables must:

  • make clear what links the presentations
  • include an abstract and a paper for each presentation
  • include the name(s) of the chair/discussant and all participating presenters.


Researchers are invited to submit poster proposals for current projects which are at the proposal stage, are work in progress, or which report on specific completed research projects. Poster proposals should include an abstract and a paper. If the proposal is accepted the abstract will be published in the conference proceedings and the paper included on the CD-ROM of all accepted work. Presentation of the work at the conference will take the form of a poster. Posters will be on display for the duration of the conference and there will be a timetabled slot for contributors to present their posters and discuss the research with conference delegates.

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