Abstract Guidelines - IAIAsa 2015


Abstract Guidelines - IAIAsa 2015
Abstract Guidelines
Online abstract submission will open 24th April 2015.
Abstract submission deadline is midnight South African Standard Time on 5th June 2015.
Abstracts will not be accepted after this date.
Notification of acceptance will commence on 12th June 2015.
All abstracts can be submitted online through the congress website at
Authors who wish to submit more than one abstract should fill out a separate submission form
for each abstract.
All abstracts will be reviewed and the final selection made by the Programme Committee.
No accepted abstract will be included in the programme unless registration and payment has
been received. All accepted presenters must be registered and fully paid by 3rd July 2015.
All abstracts must be written in English.
It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract. Any errors in spelling, grammar or
scientific fact will be reproduced as submitted by the author.
The text cannot exceed 500 Words. No graphics will be permitted.
The one paragraph abstract should briefly state:
Objectives: Present the problem statement and/or objective(s) of the study.
Methodology: Include the context for the study, the subjects, the diagnosis or intervention,
and the type of statistical analysis if appropriate
Results: Present the results of the study.
Relevance: Briefly discuss the meaning of the results with specific emphasis on the significance
and relevance for the IAIA audience.
Evaluation criteria
Criteria for evaluating the quality of abstracts include originality of ideas and methods, concise
presentation of methods and results, clarity of application and implementation and quality of writing.
Abstract subthemes
The theme of the Conference is “20 Years of IAIAsa - what are we achieving, where are we heading?”
The subthemes are the general heading under which abstracts will be submitted and reviewed. Please
select the most appropriate category:
Policy and legislation and environmental law in general
Methodology and process
Quality assurance (independence, accreditation, etc.)
Lenders requirements; and
Emerging requirements (such as human rights assessments).
Choose your presentation type preference below.
Paper Presentation
In a paper session, authors will orally present a prepared paper. Paper sessions will allow 4
presentations of 20 minutes each, including time for questions. Time for open discussion following the
presentations will be allocated. Each paper session will be chaired.
Material for a display presentation is mounted on a poster board (approx. 100cm high x 200cm wide),
which is staffed by the author (this is mandatory) for a designated period of time. This format provides
a unique opportunity for personal 'one-on-one' interaction and idea exchange. Abstracts are to be
informational and report on work completed. Abstracts based on preliminary results may be
considered depending on space availability. Poster abstracts are not to exceed 500 words.
Round Table
Round tables provide in-depth examinations of specific topics, projects, etc. and involve five or more
speakers, each of whom talks for 5-10 minutes. It may include a chair who introduces the panelists
and provides a substantive introduction to the topic. The focus is on the discussion and interaction
among panelists. Participants do not prepare papers.
A workshop is an interactive session with one or more presenters who are experts in the subject they
are presenting. A workshop will allow significant time - at least half of the allocated workshop
period,for audience participation, exchange of ideas or skills. The purpose of the workshop is to extend
both the skills and knowledge of the individuals attending. The workshop may be pitched at
introductory, intermediate or advanced levels of activity. The individual wishing to lead a workshop
should submit an abstract (maximum 500 words), which makes clear the aims, objectives, need for
and focus on how the audience will participate in the workshop session. This should include any
specific requirements for interaction that will have an effect on the room layout and the numbers of
participants who can be accommodated (i.e. equipment and room/ desk set up).
Panel Discussion
Panel speakers are invited. The panel is facilitated by a chair. Panel members each give a brief 15
minute prepared presentation, presenting a different view on a topic, followed by debate amongst
the speakers and questions from the audience.
Working Group
A working group is a conference within a conference. Participants commit to attend a small group of
related or organized sessions. A volunteer coordinator for each working group proposes a theme,
selects and/or organizes sessions for the group to attend, promotes the working group, and facilitates
communication among participants. A working group consists of up to 15 participants. A working
group may meet before and after a session(s) or during lunch for additional discussion and interaction.
Citizen’s Jury
Is a mechanism of participatory action research (PAR) that draws on the symbolism, and some of the
practices, of a legal trial by jury. It generally includes three main elements:
The "jury" is made up of people(12 -24) who are usually selected "at random" from a local or national
population, with the selection process open to outside scrutiny.
The jurors cross-question expert "witnesses" — specialists they have called to provide different
perspectives on the topic — and collectively produce a summary of their conclusions, typically in a
short report.
The whole process is supervised by an oversight or advisory panel composed of a range of people with
relevant knowledge and a possible interest in the outcome. They take no direct part in facilitating the
citizens' jury. Members of this group subsequently decide whether to respond to, or act on, elements
of this report.
World Café
Each table is given a topic/question. The process begins with twenty minute rounds of conversation
for the small group seated around a table. At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the
group moves to a different new table. You may have one person as the "table host" for the next round,
who welcomes the next group and briefly fills them in on what happened in the previous round.
After this the small groups individuals are invited to share insights or other results from their
conversations with the rest of the large group. These results are reflected visually in a variety of ways,
most often using graphic means in the front of the room.