Breakout Session Submission

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
2-4 May 2016 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Submission Procedure | Breakout Sessions | Responsibilities Session Leader | Key Dates


Breakout Sessions

Each breakout session spans over 1.5 hours (90 minutes) in duration (4-6 paper presenters per session [max. 10 minute presentation per speaker]), complemented by Q&A and audience interventions.

The breakout sessions are at the core of the conference and are intended to be an opportunity for participants to play a role in generating new knowledge. The Session Leader will report back to the Plenary Moderator, participate in the Plenary Session and present the main results of the breakout session and participates in the discussions. The selected Session Leaders will be part of the Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Technologies for Development Conference. As a Member of the Scientific Committee the Session Leader will collaborate closely with the Conference Organizers regarding the review process to select the papers that will be presented as well as contribute to the overall organization of the conference. Please note that Session Leaders do not present a paper of their own.

Responsibilities of the Session Leader

The Session Leaders are responsible for:

  1. Disseminating the Call for Extended Abstracts in their own networks.
  2. Reviewing, providing feedback, and selecting the session papers.
  3. Informing the paper applicants about the acceptance or the (justified) rejection of their proposal.
  4. Distributing the accepted papers of all the presenters within the session.
  5. Reminding the presenters about the maximum length of their presentation (10 minutes) and encouraging them to read each other’s papers in advance of the session.
  6. Reminding the presenters to submit their PowerPoint presentations online in advance of the conference and provide feedback to ensure high quality conference presentations.
  7. Chairing the Session, including a short introduction on the main goal of the session, a short introduction of each of the presenters, managing the time schedule, leading the discussion, rounding up, then reporting back and participating in the plenary session.
  8. Providing potential support for the elaboration of the post-conference publication.

Key Dates [Breakout Sessions]

Proposals for Breakout Sessions should be submitted by 11 September 2015, using the prescribed template. Acceptance decisions will be made by 28 September 2015. An open Call for Extended Abstracts will be issued by 5 October 2015, with online submission by 6 November 2016. The deadline for full paper submission is 15 January 2016.


Session Proposals submission closes

11 Sep 2015

Decision to Session Leaders of proposal acceptance

28 Sep 2015

Open call for extended abstracts launched (incl. poster presentations)

5 Oct 2015

Extended abstract submission closes

6 Nov 2015

Review by Scientific Committee of extended abstracts

6 Nov-30 Nov 2015

Author notification – full paper submission and poster presentations

7 Dec 2015

Full paper submission

15 Jan 2016

Review by Scientific Committee of full papers

15 Jan-1 Feb 2016

Final author notification of full paper (or poster) acceptance

8 Feb 2016

Final camera-ready paper submitted

22 Feb 2016

Discounted registration (Early Bird) for speakers, etc. closes

22 Feb 2016

PowerPoint presentations submitted online

11 Apr 2016

Tech4Dev 2016 in Lausanne

2-4 May 2016