Exupery International school in cooperation with University of Latvia and representatives of the Student Leader Advisory Council (SLAC) invites School and University Students to share their research, knowledge, and experience with other students in the 2nd Open Students’ Research Conference “Perspectives and biases shaping our knowledge of the world” on March 22, 2023. The conference will be conducted in hybrid form and is free to all participants. Speakers may submit their proposal by March 10 (incl.).
The 2nd Open International Student’s Research Conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to come together to share their work across disciplines and programs and to learn more about a variety of topics. For students, this is a valuable opportunity to present their work within the learning process in and outside the school, including in the core subjects of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB DP): ‘Theory of Knowledge’ (TOK), ‘Extended essay’ (EE), ‘Creativity, Activity, Service’ (CAS), Internal Assessments (IA’s).
Conference participants are students of Latvian and international schools who have done academic research within the last two years. The paper is to be presented as a 15-minute talk in English within one of the sections: Languages, Humanities, Mathematics, Arts, Sciences or Interdisciplinary.
The aim of the Conference is to put inquiry in the spotlight as well as to gain and increase the enthusiasm among students for academic research. This conference gives students the unique opportunity to present their research to each other and to a varied audience. It also enables them to experience academic practice by attending a conference.
Only registered participants are to have access to the conference; Only students can apply to be speakers at the conference; Students, teaching staff and school community members are welcome to apply to attend the conference as part of the audience as well; All participants are to receive a certificate of participation in the Conference via email.
The conference will include student presentations of work on a variety of subjects and in a variety of formats (see below). These presentations, as well as other opportunities for collaboration and learning, will be held in the hybrid form.
Everyone is welcome to attend this conference. Students are welcome to invite friends and family to this free conference, and staff members are encouraged to mentor students and to attend this conference to support them. Let us build on tradition and create a new one in the spirit of collaboration and life-long learning.
The benefits of the participation in the Conference
To develop and enrich language skills so they can carry out research in English; Update their knowledge and skills in modern information technologies, Improve academic writing and integrity skills; acquire research methods and data collection methods; Get some real-world experience and practice how to develop good research questions; Practice their presentation skills and improve their time management and intercultural communication skills.
Academic Conferences vary depending upon the discipline, the field, the location, the governing body, professional organization, the topic, the focus, the purpose, etc. Professionals use conferences to present their own work for discussion and to attend to make connections with colleagues and to stay current on the work being done in their field. Conferences may involve a strict peer-review process or may be more open; they may also include opportunities for professional development.
Typically, information about the location, purpose, and topic of a conference and a call for proposals will be distributed, and academics prepare and submit a proposal by the deadline. Once informed of acceptance, the academic then prepares their presentation and presents it at their assigned time and location.
To participate in the conference, the student must submit a proposal. It often includes an abstract that provides a brief overview of what the presentation is about. Proposal might include references, theories, methods, major questions, or other information that helps to show the value of the research to the field represented.
For the 2nd Open Students’ Research Conference “Perspectives and biases shaping our knowledge of the world”, students will have the opportunity to participate through presentations and/or attendance all in online formats. If you present your work, you will be participating in the activity and tradition of the academic conference so that you can gain experience and confidence. You are a scholar. What do you have to share with your community of scholars?
What is an academic conference?
Poster Presentations. The student prepares a poster that presents their research. It might include charts, graphs, graphics, short paragraphs, or even 3-D objects or other visuals. These posters may be displayed, but usually the academic who created the poster is standing by for discussion and to answer questions. Therefore, the camera must be placed in a way the audience can see both – the presenter and the poster;
Paper/Powerpoint Presentations. To present a paper, a student has written for a class or toward publication. The camera must be placed in a way the audience can see the presenter clearly;
Workshops. A workshop is often interactive and focused toward a particular purpose such as: developing thesis or other paper, organizing political actions, or writing memoirs;
Creative Performances. Some conferences include performances by spoken word artists, poets, dancers, jugglers, storytellers, visual artists, dance troupes, filmmakers.
While applying for the conference, the student must choose the presentation format:
For the Conference, you can choose to submit a proposal in one of the above formats. Some of these formats involve only individual submission. Some require collaboration and pre-planning. When submitting your proposal, you will be asked for your credentials, a title, a format, and an abstract/description. The title and description you provide are what will appear in the Conference Program. You will also be asked your availability on the day of the conference when the Conference will take place.
Be aware that submitting your proposal to a conference means that you are committing to attending the conference as listener or speaker. If you submit, you are expected to attend and be prepared. The other speakers in your session depend on you to be there, on time and not exceed the allotted time. You should clear your calendar before submitting a proposal, and you should only submit if you are sure that you can be there and are willing to commit to being there.