BSP Annual Conference 2019 – advice for speakers

Here is some advice for speakers at the BSP annual conference. If you have any further questions, please contact us using the following email address: [email protected]

Session types
There are two types of sessions and speakers at the BSP annual conference: keynotes and panels.

Keynote speakers are invited by the president of the BSP and the conference committee. They do not need to submit their paper prior to the presentation at the conference. They will have an individual session, most usually at the end of the day. These sessions usually last for one and a half hours, with around 45-60 minutes to deliver their paper, and 45-30 minutes for questions. The panel will be hosted by a member of the conference committee or BSP executive, who will introduce the speaker, and who will select questions from the audience.

Panel speakers are selected by the conference committee on the strength of their abstracts from the call for papers. Accepted panel presenters do not need to submit their paper prior to the presentation at the conference. Panels usually consist of three speakers who have been grouped together under a common theme by the conference committee during the creation of the programme. Due to changes such as people dropping out, panel configurations can change throughout the period leading up to the conference, so panel speakers should check the programme regularly to be sure they have the latest version. Panel sessions usually last for one and a half hours. Each speaker has 30 minutes, with 20 minutes to deliver their paper, and 10 minutes for questions. The panel will be hosted by a delegate of the conference, who will introduce each speaker, and who will select questions from the audience.

Timings of panel sessions and speakers
In order to ensure all panel speakers are given the same chance to present and take questions, session timings will be strictly enforced. Each panel speaker has 30 minutes, with 20 minutes to deliver their paper, and 10 minutes for questions. This includes the time for the panel host to briefly introduce the speaker. A member of the conference committee will be timing each speaker, and will indicate to them via cue cards when they have 10 minutes, 5 minutes, and 2 minutes left of their 20 minutes to deliver their paper. The speaker can overrun this 20 minutes, however, this will cut into their own 10 minutes time for questions. When the panel speaker’s 30 minutes is up, even if they have not finished delivering their paper, they will be asked to step down.

Technology
There will be a laptop available at the conference for use by speakers, from which they can run PowerPoints and show media clips. These will be projected onto a large screen behind the speaker, and there is a sound system for audio. All media to be used should be sent to the conference committee one week prior to the conference. Reminders will be sent out as that time approaches.

Podcast recordings
The BSP Podcast is a regular audio streaming service free to all. Its aim is to both promote the British Society for Phenomenology and its activities, as well as preserve, archive, and share the work of phenomenologists associated with the society. The content is generated primarily from recordings of papers given at our conferences. When potential speakers submit abstracts via the call for papers, they are asked if they wish to have their paper recorded for the podcast. We also check in with each speaker prior to them giving their paper if they want to be recorded for the podcast. Speakers can accept or decline as they wish. Furthermore, if the speaker later feels they do not wish to have their recording issued as a podcast episode before it is released, they can request for the recording to be deleted. To do so, the speaker should email us using the following email address: [email protected]. For more information on the BSP Podcast visit: https://www.britishphenomenology.org.uk/podcast.

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