Q. The call for papers seems very focused on academic/research presentations. What gives?
A. Some presentations might be ‘academic’ in style but they are not required to be so – there isn’t a lot of research on editing and publishing (in Australia, at least), so the pool for presentation on research is pretty limited. The long and short oral presentations we are inviting for the conference are designed to provide an overview of a given topic or issue, as well as inspiration, food for thought and discussion points.

Q. A long presentation is approximately 20 minutes – can I present a longer paper or workshop with practical tips for practising editors?
A. Longer, no – but depending on the submissions we receive, it is possible that we will be able to offer a block of 3-4 presentations together (by different presenters) on a particular stream or topic (e.g. on-screen editing).

Q. Will there be workshops?
A. Yes! We will be offering 6 half-day, pre-conference workshops on 8 May. These commissioned workshops will cover ‘how-to’ and practice issues in depth, providing opportunities for activities and exercises so participants might gain some practical skills.

Q. What’s a symposium session?
A. A symposium is like a mini-conference within the conference, in which a convenor or facilitator gathers 3–4 people to present on a given topic (or different aspects of that topic) and then facilitates a discussion between those presenters and the audience. Another way to think of it is as an extended panel session. We might allow for up to 45 minutes for such a session.

Q. What’s a poster session?
A. A poster presentation is a large poster (1 metre x 1 metre approx.) designed for display of a particular idea, argument, theory, project or study. It’s very popular at scientific conferences and a great testing ground for students, but it does not have to be ‘academic’ or boring – see here and here for examples, templates and tips on how to create and present a poster with confidence.

We will host a guided tour during the lunch breaks, so presenters can stand beside their poster and give a 1–2 minute overview and take questions. This option might interest people who have an idea they want to share but feel it’s not yet ready to develop into a longer paper/presentation, or those who aren’t confident enough (yet) to stand up on a podium in front of hundreds of people. Poster sessions can be relaxed and a lot of fun, depending on the topics presented.

Q. Do I have to use PowerPoint?
A. It is not necessary to use MS PowerPoint (or any other electronic presentation) to accompany your presentation, but many people use them as an aid – with dot points, graphs, photographs and other items to highlight important points.