Presentation formats for conference presentations

Call for proposals are now closed

The following presentation formats apply to conference presentation proposals. Applicants are asked to choose the most suitable format in making their submission.

1. Short Paper

Duration: 25 minutes
Procedure: Up to a 20 minute presentation, with time for questions, as negotiated by presenter and chair
Content: A formal, thematic, presentation focused on an issue facing the field of evaluation
Abstract: Details the focus of the paper and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation.

2. Long Paper

Duration: 50 minutes
Procedure: Two 20 minute presentations on a related topic or one 40+ minute presentation, with time for questions, as negotiated by presenter(s) and chair.
Content: The long paper session is a formal thematic presentation focused on an issue facing the field of evaluation. It gives more time for in depth exploration of the ideas presented and may comprise multiple presentations (linked papers) or a single presentation. The long paper mode is also suited to a single expert lecture. If you have multiple experts on the same topic, please submit a panel session instead.
Abstract: Details the focus of the paper and the way(s) in which it (they) contribute(s) to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation. Include two abstracts for a two-paper session.

3. Panel

Duration: 50 minutes
Procedure: May have a set amount of time for each panellist to speak or a more discussion oriented format, typically with time for audience comments and inquiries, as negotiated by panellists and chair.
Content: A panel session is a group presentation of a suite of ideas, innovative methods, or discussion by experts on a topic of interest. 
Abstract: Includes a description of the topic and its importance, the panellists and their backgrounds in relation to the topic.

4. Skill Building Session

Duration: 50 minutes
Procedure: Participatory session, most of the time spent with the presenter engaging the audience with a specific skill/tool/concept, taking inquiries throughout or at the end, as negotiated by presenter and chair.
Content: In a skill building session, the presenter delivers a demonstration or mini-workshop experience that enables attendees to see and/or practice a particular skill, concept or tool.
Abstract: Includes a detailed discussion of why this skill/tool/concept is important, how the presenter will teach the skill within a short time frame, and how the presenter will enable attendees to learn more after the session.

5. Consultation and Collaboration

Duration: 25 or 50 minutes
Procedure: The presenter poses the problem, issue, or topic and sets out the framework for discussion/activity. Attendees, seated in table groups work on their assigned task, and then report back to the large group. Time for each component will be dependent on session length and negotiated by presenter and chair.
Content: Consultation sessions are highly interactive and designed to get input from the attendees. The session may be a) a roundtable with a short presentation and discussion on a specific idea or issue or b) a problem solving session to which the presenter brings a particular evaluation challenge and asks the group to contribute their thinking towards a solution.
Abstract: Includes the topic for discussion, either a theoretical or practical issue, a purpose for the collaboration and consultation activity, how the presenter will solicit feedback from attendees, and how the information contributed will be used after the session.

6. Poster

Procedure: Posters will be displayed in a specific area where all conference delegates can examine them at any time. There will be a designated time when the presenter will be available at the poster site to discuss it with delegates. The 2016 conference is hoping to offer a digital option for posters, in which a poser will be displayed on a large screen thus enabling more innovative presentations (eg Powerpoint, video, etc).  
Content: Posters are a succinct visual representation of an idea, process, methods or findings. They focus on the key ideas, are well organised, and visually appealing. Posters allow all conference delegates to be reached and are particularly well suited to informal and in-depth interaction about the topic.
Abstract: Details the focus of the poster and the way(s) in which the information presented on it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of evaluation.  Please indicate in your abstract if you would like to take up the digital option, should it be available.

On-site registrations

aes16 online registrations are now closed but we will be taking conference registrations on-site. Please email for a registration form and bring it with you to the Registration Desk at Hyatt Regency, 99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.

Key dates

Call for proposals (workshops & conference) – closed

Registration for Conference and pre-conference workshops – open

Last day for presentation acceptance
1 June 2016

Early bird registrations
close 30 June 2016

Online conference registrations
close 5 September 2016

Pre-conference workshops
17 and 18 September 2016

19, 20, 21 September 2016