Conference formats

There are four types of submission:

  • Single Oral Presentation
  • Symposium Oral Presentation
  • Interactive Poster Presentation
  • ICT Demonstrations and Workshops

Each presentation will be classified to one of the 19 strands.

Single Oral Presentation

Each accepted paper will be scheduled in a session of 120 minutes. Papers will be grouped by strand and scheduling cateogory. This presentation format allows for individual presentation time followed by a discussion moderated by the session chairperson.

With six (6) papers this format allows for 15 minutes of individual presentation time followed by a 5-minute discussion for each paper.
With five (5) papers, this format allows for 18 minutes of individual presentation time followed by a 6-minute discussion for each paper.
With four (4) papers, this format allows for 23 minutes of individual presentation time followed by a 7-minute discussion for each paper.

Interactive Poster Presentation

Interactive poster sessions will be scheduled in 120-minute time slots in the conference programme. Each of these sessions will usually have 8 posters. Each poster will include a graphic presentation of the research study on a visual display. The posters should be printed on paper and made to the size A0 (0,841 m x 1,189 m) in "portrait" format. The seminar rooms will have poster boards to which participants attach the posters (pins provided).

The session is organized into two parts:

The session will start with brief presentations of the research topic with slides. Before going to each poster display, each presenter at a time has about 4 minutes to present their study to the audience using a slide presentation (e.g. a Power Point or Prezi presentation).

Afterwards, the rest of the time is reserved for in-depth discussions around the posters between the presenters and the audience. This might be as a whole group but it is more likely to be conducted in small groups or one-to-one conversations.

The poster sessions offer researchers a chance to present their work in a visual format and offer more opportunities for interaction and discussion. Poster presentations are eligible for inclusion in the conference proceedings and the book of selected papers.


Each Symposium will be organized by a coordinator and will contain 4 presentations concerning a common topic of interest and one discussant presentation at the end. The symposium participants must be from at least 3 countries. There can be one or two coordinators only and one or two chairpersons only. These can be the same people or different.

The organizer is in charge of submitting the symposium title and abstract for the whole symposium, and also adding the symposium participants (chairperson(s), discussant and organiser(s)). They will also submit the abstract and extended summaries of the individual presentations making up the symposium.

Each symposium session will be given a 120-minute block of time in the programme: 20 minutes for each paper presentation, 20 minutes for the discussant, and a total of 20 minutes allocated for general discussion at the end.

Symposia provide an opportunity to present research on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion. The coherence and quality of the symposium will be evaluated first as a whole. Each single presentation within a symposium will also be evaluated individually. If the coherence of the symposium is not evaluated positively, each accepted symposium oral presentation will be presented as a single oral presentation in different paper sessions.

We recommend that symposia coordinators set an early deadline for possible contributors to submit to them and that each individual submission is checked for its own quality and its relevance and coherence to the topic of the symposium prior to formal submission to the ESERA conference. Please note that all participants in a symposium (authors, chairpersons, discussant, co-ordinators) need to have a valid ESERA login/password before the symposium is submitted.

ICT Demonstrations and Workshops

ICT Demonstrations and Workshops enable presenters to display, explain and familiarize users with an innovative approach, a teaching or research tool, or some other aspect of research or teaching practice. The Workshop may include a brief presentation of completed research, especially case study or evaluation, but the emphasis is on demonstrating an innovation or a tool, not to present the research for criticism. Learning-by-doing occupies most of the session, and any presentations are brief. Adequate time for reflective discussion is important. The audience may offer their viewpoints and share their experiences with other tools or innovations intended for the same purpose. These sessions will be scheduled in computer labs where necessary. ICT demonstrations and Workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes.