Call for Panels

The Call for Panels is now closed and you are able to upload you paper submissions. You can find the list of proposed panels on this website. We are currently reviewing the panels and expect the list to be complete and online by the end of October 2015. Find out how to upload a paper under the Call for Papers. 

Below you can find all the details on uploading a panel, but don't hesitate to contact us if you need further information. We are looking forward to you submissions. 

Useful Information for Panel Organizers: 
As panel organizer we hope you will actively engage in soliciting papers for your panel. 

IHSA aims for conferences that bring together academics as well as reflective practitioners. Your panel can be leaning to one of these audiences, or aim for a mixed participation. Once a paper abstract is submitted to your panel, the submitter will get an automated reply to acknowledge the receipt and you will be notified automatically. 

It is up to you to accept or reject paper proposals.

Criteria you may apply are:
- Is the proposal relevant to the theme of the panel?
- Has it potential to become an interesting paper?
- Does it have academic quality? Or in case of a more practical paper: Does it have strong argument and is it based on material evidence or case studies?
- Does it make a reference to methodology?

You can also make suggestions to paper providers on improving their proposal to meet these criteria. Slots for panels during the conference are 90 minutes. This serves for 3-5 papers. In case there are more papers in your panel, you can have more slots. It may be advisable to appoint a chair to the panel and you may choose to have a discussant to the panel.

IHSA aims for a broad geographical participation and especially encourages the participation from countries where humanitarian crises occur frequently. We unfortunately do not have an elaborate budget for sponsored participation. We will highly appreciate any efforts you can make to find sponsorship for participants to your panel if so required.

To organise a panel, you will need to:

• Submit a 200 word proposal under one of the four conference themes 
• Solicit contributors and evaluate submissions under your panel once your proposal is approved
• Arrange the panel: find a chair, consider the need for special funding of participants and maintain communication with the conference team.

A panel session will be 90 minutes and group three to five papers together around a common theme, making use of a discussant and allowing ample time for interaction. With more than 5 presentations, multiple sessions can be held. Roundtables could include presentations of agency work, or on-going policy development from agencies or governments. Organisers of roundtables should take responsibility for the programme. 

If you would like to have a look at the Panel and Paper overview of WCHS 2013 you can visit the 2013 website

How do I upload a panel?

- Register on this website for the conference (if you registered for our previous conferences, you will need to create a new account for this one) 
- Log in with your new account
- Find out in which theme you think your panel fits best
- Go to 'Call for Panels' and click: submit/edit panel
- Upload your 250 word abstract, choose your theme and submit
- If you already know the names of your fellow panelists, please add them in the author box or in your abstract text 
- After submission, you will get a confirmation email in your inbox with further information
- We will notify you by email if your panel was accepted
- After the acceptance email, your panel will be visible in the Proposed Panel list on our website

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

Important dates: 

Please note that these have changed due to the postponement of the conference to March 2016.

Call for Panels opens: 31 March 2015
Call for Panels closes: 1 October 2015
Final Panel acceptance date: 15 October 2015
Call for Papers opens: 2 October 2015
Call for Papers closes: 8 February 2016
Final Paper acceptance date: 15 February 2016

Conference takes place on: 5,6,7 & 8 March 2016

Last update:  16:54 22/01 2016