Introducing Virtual Presentations in 2016...

Virtual Posters and Virtual Lightning Talk Sessions

Virtual sessions are designed for presenters who are not able to be present in person at the conference. Travel, funding, and schedule can sometimes make it difficult for participants to attend the conference in-person. In order to support more inclusive participation, virtual sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar, bringing global ideas to the local. We offer two virtual presentation formats:


Virtual Presentations

a) Virtual Poster

This format is ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations. Each poster should include a brief abstract of the purpose and procedures of the work.  After acceptance, presenters are provided with a template, and Virtual Posters are submitted as a PDF or in PowerPoint. Final posters must be submitted at least one month prior to the conference start date. Full papers can based in the virtual poster can also be submitted for consideration in The Global Studies Journal. 


b) Virtual Lightning Talk

Lightning talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Authors present summaries or overviews of their work, describing the essential features (related to purpose, procedures, outcomes, or product). Like Paper Presentations, Lightning Talks are grouped according to topic or perspective into themed sessions. Authors are welcome to submit traditional "lecture style" videos or videos that use visual supports like PowerPoint. Final videos must be submitted at least one month prior to the conference start date. After the conference, videos are then presented on the community YouTube channel. Full papers can based in the virtual poster can also be submitted for consideration in The Global Studies Journal.


Benefits of a Virtual Presentation:

  • Virtual sessions are scheduled in the program and listed online and in the formal printed program, parallel and equal to in-person presentations.
  • Presenters receive a participation packet, including a formal letter of participation, a PDF of the program, access to conference content, and special conference discounts on community publications.
  • Flexible presentation options: Virtual Posters and Virtual Lightning Talks.
  • Facilitation of peer-to-peer discussion through our Scholar network.
  • Access to other virtual content from the conference.
  • Opportunity to submit an article for consideration to the journal.
  • Annual Membership to the community, including a one-year digital subscription to the complete journal and book series.

To submit a proposal for a virtual presentation, see Submitting Your Work: Conference Presentations.