preferred presentation technology HERE.
At ICPA 12 there will be
four modes of presentation:
1. Invited Symposia
2. Open Forums
Approximately half of the
oral papers presented at ICPA 12 will be in a particular Invited Symposium.
The other half of the papers will be general submissions to Open Forums and
will be grouped accordingly by topic if and when natural classes emerge.
Importantly, there will be
an increased number of open submissions at ICPA 12 that are grouped after
submission according to natural classification - as is quite standard with
international conferences. Consequently, there will be fewer invited
symposia than in recent years (i.e., fewer cases whereby the symposium
organiser explicitly invites certain individuals to present).
You are hereby invited as
potential symposium organisers to begin thinking about themes for ICPA 12
and submit your proposals for consideration to the ICPA Scientific
Committee. Each symposium (90 minutes long) should be carefully considered
and consist of four speakers, each of which would have a maximum of 20
minutes (15 minutes to present, with 5 mins questions immediately following
each individual's talk - the audience's questions should not be delayed
until the session's end. Ten minutes at the session's end will afford extra
time for integrative questioning and discussion with all the four speakers).
Symposium organisers should submit a clear explanation of the reasons for
the symposium, who the speakers will be, a sufficiently detailed abstract
of each speaker's topic, and, importantly, what the interrelations
between each of the speaker's topics will be - the aim should be for each
ICPA 12 symposium to emphasise interrelations and resonance across topics.
A small but sufficient number of well-designed, stimulating, and carefully
considered symposia will make for an exciting and democratic conference! To
this end, it is suggested that symposia organisers consider themes that
might be hot topics in ecological psychology or conceptually challenging
concepts in perception-action research in general, and thus create a
symposium that will be of interest and wide appeal to all conference
delegates. Theoretical issues should be emphasized and should be at the
forefront of the Invited Symposia - empirical data and argument from the
individual speakers can then contribute to clarifying the particular theoretical
issue under examination.
Submissions for oral
presentation are invited from both the ecological and general scientific
community (i.e., those not explicitly within the ecological psychology
tradition). However, papers that do not address issues typically examined
by ecological psychologists have less chance of being accepted. Typical
topics can be viewed under Previous Conferences.
Also the International Society for Ecological Psychology (ISEP) website
has links to relevant literature and related research centres which can
give a flavour of what an ICPA conference is all about. Thus, although the
Open Forums are explicitly designed to allow those individuals to present
who have not been personally invited by the Invited Symposia organisers,
still, the proposed topic must be relevant to the ecological psychology
community - it is after all ICPA! If you have doubts, submit your proposed
paper and the Scientific Committee will consider it.
As with all previous ICPA,
poster presentations are always a highly anticipated and extremely
enjoyable aspect of the conference. Posters will be on display in two
sessions and for two full days in each with a dedicated poster session at
the conclusion of each day during refreshments. Posters will also be on
display during coffee breaks thus affording continual viewing. Submissions
to the poster session are welcomed and although they will not be as
strictly reviewed as submissions to the time-critical oral presentations,
as per usual, poster topics must be of relevance to ICPA delegates.
We are considering holding a workshop or two at ICPA 12.
Depending on the number and kind of submissions for oral presentation, and
given sufficient time, it may be possible to hold one or at most two highly
interactive sessions in workshop mode. The workshop might examine in detail
a pertinent and hopefully controversial theoretical issue within ecological
psychology. One (or perhaps more) person(s) would lead an extended but
careful outline of the problem or issue and then audience members would be
given chances for related hands-on experiences. This would, however,
require much more than a show-and-tell lecture and might involve computer
simulations on several individual workstations, experiential activities, or
something quite different… Be creative and consider the possibilities
of a workshop and discuss it amongst yourselves.
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