Calls for working groups

Calls for working groups 

We invite you to submit a proposal to lead a Working Group at ESRS 2023.

Please follow the instructions below when submitting your proposal. Proposals should be kept short and succinct and not exceed one A4 page.

The deadline for Working Group proposal submissions is 5 october 2022. Please send your proposals by email to the chair of the Scientific committee:

The proposals should be structured as follows:

Title: Short title

Convenors: Name(s), affiliation(s) (please identify who will be the contact person)

Objectives: Briefly explain how your proposed WG engages with the themes of the conference and what you are hoping to achieve from your WG (e.g. discussion, joint publications, possible future collaborations).

Topic: Introduce the topic of your WG and how it fits with current scholarly knowledge. This may include a short list of sub-themes.

Format: Explain how your WG will be organised. Each working group session will last for 90 minutes. Traditional long paper workshops are welcome (as described below), but you are also encouraged to consider non-traditional formats in order to ensure widest engagement and participation within your WG.

Some examples could include the use of one or a combination of the following (this is not an exhaustive list and other formats could be used):

  • Traditional workshop: 3-4 papers presented by authors in advance of opening the floor for Q&As and wider discussion.
  • Discussant workshop: A couple of discussants review a single paper. The paper has been submitted in advance of the event and each discussant responds before opening the discussion to the author of the paper and the floor.
  • Panel debates: 4-5 panellists make very short presentations (5 minutes) on the topic and a moderated discussion follows between panellists and audience
  • Pecha Kucha: 20 slides shown for 20 seconds each (total 6 min 40 sec); moderated discussion follows.
  •  World Café: 3-4 meeting stations are located around the room. A number of questions are posed at each, moderated by a table host. Participants rotate around the room to engage with the conversation and at each new station they are briefed by the host on the previous discussion. A brief summary is fed into the wider group by the table hosts.
  • Split session: Traditional short paper presentation followed by small table discussions.
  • Lightning talks: Very short presentations (2-8 minutes) are made by presenters before moving on to an open and moderated discussion involving the audience.
  • Fishbowl: 4-5 speakers are seated in an inner circle with one free chair; this is the fishbowl. The remainder of the group are seated in concentric circles. The inner group start discussing an issue, and any member of the audience can occupy the empty chair. When this occurs, a current member of the fishbowl must leave to free up a chair. As discussion progresses, participants enter and leave the fishbowl. At the end the moderator summarises the discussion.