Presentation Formats

Our conference accepts many different types of presentations, so we encourage students to choose a format that best fits their idea, topic, and course of study. Descriptions of the various formats are below, and we suggest that students review them prior to completing the submission form.

Research Paper

Students can choose to present a summary of a paper they wrote (or are writing) that analyzes the results of a research project. Students who select this format will either be placed with other students on a panel devoted to their topic or will be asked to present individually in a shorter session.

Research Poster

Students can choose to compile a visual summary of a recent or in-progress research project they conducted (or are conducting). Students will display their poster during a designated poster session where they can present their findings to smaller groups of participants and answer questions.

Reflection

Students who do not have research findings can choose to present their reflection on an experiential opportunity, like an internship or service work, and how it contributed to their peacebuilding work. Students who choose this option will either be included on a panel with other students or asked to present on their own.

Roundtable

Students may also choose to organize a focused group discussion on a current issue of importance to peace studies and peacebuilding. In this format, students lead participants in a discussion that summarizes current knowledge about the issues and generates new ideas for future research and practice.

Workshop

Students are also welcome to propose conference workshops. These presentations are longer, in-depth sessions with guided “hands-on” activities that allow the participants to practice applying new techniques. Students invited to run a workshop should expect a session length between 90 and 120 minutes.

Artwork

Students with interest in the arts are welcome to propose painting, photography, design, or other visual projects that present their own creative engagement with the conference theme. These projects will either be displayed in the venue throughout the conference or alongside research posters during the poster session.

Performance

Students interested in storytelling, film, dance, or music can propose a performance that engages the conference theme and demonstrates their role in peacebuilding work. These sessions can be any length, and, if selected, will be placed in the conference schedule where most appropriate.

Panel Discussion

Students can also consider organizing a full panel discussion. Panels may feature several students from the same school or connect peers from different schools. Panelists should present different perspectives on a common topic, and there should be a moderator to facilitate the discussion and encourage audience questions.