Conferences are important – not just to attend, but also as opportunities to present your research.
Take every opportunity to teach, attend conferences, go to postgrad and professional seminars, give papers, etc. – it’s the best way to organise your thoughts and arguments, get feedback, become known in your field and to meet people who can give you useful advice and contacts.
Once there, it is important to engage. The page Don’t be a conference troll: a guide to asking good questions (Begiato, J., Campbell, L., Gray, S. and I. Land, 2015. The Guardian Wednesday 11 November 2015) gives some useful tips on how to do this (as well as how to answer questions you are asked as a presenter)
Identifying a conference – call for papers
Conference organisers normally issue a call for papers. Generally, at a first stage, you will be requested to submit an abstract of the proposed paper. If this abstract is accepted and papers are to be published in conference proceedings, you will also be asked to submit a copy of your paper. Abstracts and papers may or may not be refereed. It might be important for you to know whether your abstract and full paper have been peer reviewed, and whether your paper will be published in proceedings, as this confers more standing to your paper and thereby will have more weight if your work is being examined for obtaining scholarships or grants.
Begiato, J.,Campbell, L, Gray, S nd I. Land (2015) Don’t be a conference troll: a guide to asking good questions, The Guardian online. Presenting a paper is scary enough for most academics – there’s no need to make things worse by trying to catch them out
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