Session Guidelines and Submission

UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: Voices of the Global South
27-29 June 2018 | EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

“Mobilising UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences for Policy Action Towards the 2030 Agenda” 05.07.2017, Geneva.

“Mobilizing UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences for Policy Action Towards the 2030 Agenda” 05.07.2017, Geneva.

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



The breakout sessions span over 1.5 hours (90 minutes) and are at the core of the conference. Sessions are intended to be an opportunity for participants to play an active role in generating new knowledge. Session formats are open, but the structure of the sessions must be interactive and memorable to the participants.

Responsibilities of the Session Leader

The Session Leaders are responsible for:

  1. Disseminating the Call for papers (extended abstracts) in their own networks.
  2. Reviewing, providing feedback, and assisting in the selection of 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 (or other presentation formats such as videos if applicable) 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 the discussion, reporting to the plenary moderator, and participating in plenary sessions if requested.
  8. Providing potential support for the elaboration of the post-conference publication.

Key Dates [Breakout Sessions]

Proposals for Sessions must be submitted by September 30, 2017, using this template. Acceptance decisions for the sessions will be made on October 31, 2017. A second Call for papers will be launched on November 11, 2017 and the deadline for online submissions will be on January 5, 2017.


Call for session proposals launched

18 July 2017

Session proposals submission closes

30 Sept 2017

Session Leaders receive decision of proposal acceptance

7 Nov 2017

Second call for papers (extended abstracts) launched

11 Nov 2017

Extended abstract submission closes

5 Jan 2017