Sunday, February 21, 2016

Top 10 Conferences on Knowledge Engineering

Conferences have been used since centuries to instill passion about a subject, inform other scientists about advances and innovations, build common joint platforms for pursuing works together, and for generating future academic interests in students. Knowledge engineering in particular has received popularity and support from all layers of society and all corners of the globe partly to create a technological base in host countries, and partly to create skilled personnel force for pursuing further research ill sectors ranging from HR, IT, Marketing, finance, legal and facilities. We have shortlisted some of the best conferences on Knowledge Engineering to be held in 2016:

·         2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Built Environment
Scheduled to take place on March 10th, at Vellore, India, this conference will be a once in a year opportunity to provide self lifelong education on the environment, ecology and related spheres.

·         5th International Conference on Teaching and Learning with Technology (iCTLT 2016)
In an attempt to set standards in line with the global best, this conference has been planned at Singapore on March 30th. This conference also calls for interaction among students and scholars from all parts of the globe to instill a sense of mutual cooperation and learning.

·         Language in the Online & Offline World 5
Aimed at studying the language in both digital and physical world, this conference will focus on understanding emerging patterns in language, and their rise. This conference will be held on 19th April at Surabaya, Indonesia.

·         3rd International Conference: Towards Research-Informed and Practice of Early Childhood Education
Scheduled to occur at Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia on May 13th, this conference will stress on the need of child education and higher education, and a more efficient way to implement guidelines already put in place. Stress is going to be placed on the need for further research in improving quality of education, and not just in quantity.

·         International Congress of World Association of Educational Research (AMSE-AMCE-WAER)
Scheduled to take place on May 30th, at Eskisehir, Turkey, this conference will draw in the best minds of this decade in relation with researches in sphere of education. In addition to mere interactions among scholars and policy makers, a workshop will also be organized, as is the norm in such congress meetings, which will focus on hurdles and their solutions in attaining the desired goals.

·         Challenges of the Knowledge Society 2016
Scheduled to take place at Bucharest, Romania on May 20th, this conference will exclusively discuss the challenges projected by the knowledge society, and focus on taking joint strides with domestic as well as international partners in preparing a desired outcome. Policymakers and scholars alike will provide their ideas and solutions regarding those challenges and voice in favor of building a shared platform for exploring effective solutions.

·         The Fourth Undergraduate Conference on ELT, Linguistics, and Literature 2016
This conference at Yogyakarta, Indonesia on June 18th will be a awakening call for undergraduates who want to pursue their career in the aforementioned fields. Not only can they interact with scholars present at this conference, undergraduates can also learn about their scopes, prospects and challenges.

·         The International Conference on Learning: “Education in the Age of the Anthropocene” - A Common Ground Conference
Scheduled to take place on July 13th, at Vancouver, Canada, this conference will bring in scholars from all parts of the globe those have a vivid interest in any level of education, explore challenges, discuss on vulnerabilities, and seek shared solution. This interdisciplinary conference has a tremendous potential to set up new guidelines in the sphere of education for upgrading our resource based systems.

·         ISER- 66th International Conference on Education and Social Science (ICESS-2016)
Intended to provide a platform for sharing of ideas and knowledge, this conference at Mexico will draw in huge gatherings of scholars and researchers.

·         Eurocall 2016

Bringing in the best of administrators, researchers, educators, PhD students alike, this conference on August 24th at Limassol, Cyprus, will be a giant gathering for discussing in the field of computer assisted language learning.

How to Write and Submit a Conference paper

Before entering into the mainstream of the topic one should know what actually is meant by the term conference paper.

A conference paper is often a written document which is accompanied by an oral representation. It’s a way/process of bringing out new ideas and presenting it in front of individuals and in return gaining valuable feedback from them thereby, establishing a professional stature in his/her field of work.

The first and foremost important thing one should keep in mind while preparing a conference paper is that “the topic” which he/she will be representing. The topic of the conference paper should be as such so that it would create an interest in the audience.  Secondly, what actually the abstract and the presentations look like should be well known to the orator, for such information he/she may refer to the previous conference proceedings. The addition of a co-author will be of great help for an individual.

An individual must read carefully and thoroughly the requirements required in a particular conference paper, i.e., (font sizes, format, word limit etc.).  The topic and the context, including the problems and solutions, pros and cons, etc. should be to the point. Highlighting the important/interesting part of an individual topic is of greater significance. Usage of professional literature and an experienced tone in the paper is to be done to attract the audiences’ attention. The title of the topic should be attractive and descriptive because an interesting title will always pull the audiences’ attention and will make them enthusiastic about the subject matter of the topic. The conference paper should include: introduction, background, main body, future work, conclusion, acknowledgement and references. Usage of picture, chart, tables, examples, data and results in the paper is important. Follow the requirements for formats and lengths etc. It’s better to start early and have a colleague or mentor to review the paper, review of the paper reflects the personal views of the reviewer, a good review and revised paper helps an individual to improve and culminate  his/her communication skills.

Submission of the revised and reviewed paper should be done as early as possible, by doing this an individual not only win brownie points with the organizer, but get a better chance of getting a favorable time slot on the conference program in addition to that he/she gets a maximize chances of getting mentioned in the conference program that enlists the speakers, however, failing to do this often leads to late additions and that won’t enhance his/her reputation. An individual can submit a paper on different aspects of his/her project to different conferences, but not the same paper to more than one conference. One should know the acceptance rate of the papers – the aim should neither be too high nor too low. An individual should know whether a poster or a paper should be the best fit. An individual may submit a poster or a paper but they should not be on the same topic. All papers and abstracts  must be written in English and submitted electronically in PDF( A4 or letter for the initial submission and only letter format for final submission) format and one must ensure that his/her e-mail and contact details is clearly available, and correctly spelt to avoid inconvenience.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How conference organizers can create better attendee experiences

While organizing a conference, organizers often face with a dilemma about how to create better attendee experiences. This leads to exploration of different ways like offering free lunches, creating space for workshops at the end of meetings, etc. However, to increase attendee experience, a general series of steps should be followed:

Better Communication: Organizers really need to communicate with potential attendees for getting the maximum of attendee experience. Attendees should know every detail about the conference including transport facilities, logistics, etc, and should be provided with all forms of communication measures to contact organizers. In an era of digital connectivity, only employing conventional methods like emails and phone calls is not enough. Smartphone based app, which provide real time data regarding all aspects should be developed too.

Preparing a Theme: Like any good presentation, a proper theme should be put in place, such that it puts up a display of probable subjects the conference will be about. A theme helps in unifying ideas, sell and market to right people, and get appropriate speakers. Besides putting up a theme, a proper name (something punchy yet simple), helps to attract target audience.

Choose Speakers: There might be tons of good speakers available who would go on for hours about relevant topics, but the best ones put in phrases which tend to attract audience, and put them on their feet. However, Good speakers are also the hardest to find, as they are generally booked earlier than others.

Decide on Partners: Running and organizing a conference single handed can be a nightmare for organizers. This apparent reason almost always creates partnerships between two or even three organizations for hosting and successfully running a conference with maximum possible attendees.

Proper Venue: However lucrative the subject of conference meeting may be, venue plays a big role in determining the number of attendees. If transportation facilities to the venue from urban centers or the venue itself are not up to the mark, a very small group of audience will make it for the conference.

Affordability of Good Speakers: Hiring of good speakers for any conference also requires a tremendous financial support, which would include the speakers’ travel, meal and residing costs besides the time for which they are supposed to deliver lectures. In absence of financial backing, the audience should not be however, charged for funding these expenses.

Plan a Budget Ahead: If as an organizing committee, expenses seem to frequently go out of hand, try to zip it up within the agreed budget, and dodge extra expenses for good. Otherwise, the conference itself will tumble into shreds.

Providing Guests and Attendees with Lunch: It is an option often explored by organizers; this measure tends to keep audience in their seats for the whole time, and saves them from the pain of having to hunt for a perfect location to have meals. Though it expands the expenses, it is an effective way to increase alignments with attendees.

Using Contacts as Bargaining Chips: Organizing members have lots of contacts which can be used as bargaining chips to bring out maximum attendees as possible. These contacts via popular social networking platforms further boost connectivity and information sharing regarding details of conference meetings.

Using Help from Technical Team: A team experienced in organizing conferences should be hired, as they can make necessary arrangements, and take swift measures in case of any situations, which the organizing committee may fail to oversee.

Receive Feedbacks: All said and done, gathering feedbacks with niceness is an awesome strategy for determining the quality of services, and also ensures the presence of attendees in bigger volumes in further conference meetings.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

How to Plan for a Successful Academic Conference

A conference is not a child play; it takes a lot of planning and a checklist of things to be done. No conference will be a success if it’s not one right. There are many individuals to involve, get things done, and get it to the edge. Market it properly to get the right visibility it deserves and bring it to light.
Conference is a big thing. It takes awesome people building capability and things to do that would bring in the right attention. Blog posts, podcasts, hosting details, organizing it, arranging for the meet up and creating the impact is necessary. This is a fantastic thing to do. So here is the list of things that might help you in order to plan a good successful academic conference. Use these tips and excel.

1.       Theme of your conference
Build a theme on which the attendees would find it potential enough to attend, it is important because it gives an idea of unifying the ideas. This brings in appropriate speakers, and gets the right sell in the market to the right set of people. Pick something that synonyms with the topic, be it about something punchy. A statement which will help you to attract the audience of interest.

2.       Partnership
A conference is a big deal which involves tiring work. It is difficult to handle it all alone, find someone who can get things done on your behalf. You can get good ideas from the other person which will help you in adding more value to the conference than by doing all by yourself which would indeed stress you more than anything.

3.       Focus on the speakers
Hand-pick your speakers before hand, do enough homework and check their interests well in advance. This would help in getting right audience too. Ask them to bring in their friends who will also be interested on the topic which would add support as well.

4.       Budget planning
This is an important part of any conference. Any type will require a basic budget, which includes at what time the conference will be held and what you can offer to the participants, speakers, etc.. There are speakers who would ask for upfront fees for the conference, so before starting anything budget comes into picture. One can also look for sponsors if the conference is big.

5.       Vendors
Talk to the vendors who would help with arranging the conference hall, food, water bottles, arranging the decorations, speakers, etc.. Any conference that is properly arranged is half successful even before the start indeed. This also ensures proper hospitality to those who drop by gives credibility.

6. Proper agenda
Talk to your speakers beforehand. Analyse how good they are and get into details of what each speaker can talk about. Prepare an agenda that would be interesting to the participants. This helps them understand what they can get from the conference and make the most of it

7. Marketing
Marketing is the most vital part of any conference. If you have sponsors, they would help with marketing and vice versa. Ensure to spread a word around which will help enough in bringing in participants. Ensure to use social media marketing, campaigns, etc.. to spread the word.

Alternatively, one best option to market is to register the conference details at, which gets visited by people across the world to pick the conference that is of interest to them. For a successful conference, all the above points are necessary. Ensure to follow these steps and get to succeed in your conference. 

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