Abstract Submission

We are now accepting abstracts for the upcoming Nexus conference that will take place in March, 2020.We welcome submissions from graduate students, UBC faculty and staff, and community organizations.

Abstracts are due October 15th, 2019 by midnight.

Presentation Overview

Active. Engaging. Audience-centred. Uplifting. Our goal is to reimagine what an academic conference could be. Nexus creates space for authentic interdisciplinary dialogue and learning. To do this, we ask presenters to take risks, be brave, and use more creative formats to increase the accessibility and applicability of their work across disciplines.

Instead of sharing research findings, presenters are invited to structure genuine reflections around lessons learned along the research journey, challenges (overcome), and skills or tools to benefit other students and researchers. This year, prospective presenters are asked to choose from one of the following formats, and tailor their abstract submission to fit within these parameters.

This is a unique opportunity for presenters to try different public lecture styles and gain valuable feedback from audience members. Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate a strong fit between their work, the conference theme, and their desired presentation format.

  • Failing Forward Presentation – We have all failed in our lives, yet we rarely talk about it in academia and research. Let’s embrace the inevitability of failure and reframe it as a collective learning opportunity. In this 5 minute presentation, bravely share: 1 research or project failure, 1 key lesson you learned, and 1 way that this experience that informs how you now do interdisciplinary problem-solving. This presentation style offers the added benefit of having more time for meaningful feedback, mentorship, and support from peers and UBC scholars.   
  • “TED Talk” Style – Researchers and students alike understand the power of a good idea. The promise of possibility, the boundary-pushing of imagination, and the energy-surge of a daring position – ideas can uplift, challenge, and inspire people. In these “TED talk” style public lectures, presenters will craft a compelling narrative in 10 minutes to engage audiences in their unique take on scholarship in action.
  • PechaKucha – This fun visual presentation uses 20 images to tell a story. Images advance automatically every 20 seconds. Like a live-action audiovisual essay, presenters will share a deep reflection, answer a question, or narrow-in on one idea about scholarship in action with well accented visuals. Presenters will have just 6.5 minutes to explore active scholarship and land their punchline. These presentations are fun, fast-paced, and excellent practice for 3-minute thesis, gold nugget, and other snappy presentation challenges.
  • Inverted Panel – To make a traditional panel more action-oriented, we inverted the structure. Presenters will each have 10 minutes to share their unique response to or interpretation of a question. Bold, provocative, and deeply reflexive stances are encouraged. Afterward, presenters will be invited to join the audience and facilitate small group discussions about the panel. This would be a fantastic opportunity for students who want experience in preparing a unique stance on a topic, and engaging audience in a lively conversation about their work. Interested panelists must submit an abstract individually by responding to a question (below). The organizing and peer review committee will then assemble the panel.
  • Workshop – Interdisciplinary researchers need a wide array of knowledge, skills, and tools to span disciplinary boundaries and work differently to do scholarship [in] action. We will be hosting workshops to teach practical skills and/or methods to add to one’s interdisciplinary toolbox. Abstracts for workshops are expected to be illustrate an interactive session design that helps participants to develop new interdisciplinary skills or know-how. Workshops can be one hour or two hours in length (please include time needs in your abstract).

 In the spirit of scholarship in action, abstracts will be accepted in the following formats:

  1. Written* (250 words & 3 keywords
  2. Short video (2 min & 3 keywords)
  3. Audiovisual snapshot (2 min & 3 keywords)

 *Written submissions may be accompanied by another form to illustrate your point. For example, you may include a link to a website, map, image, poem, model etc.

Please submit abstracts here.