Call for Posters & Presentations

In the context of the conference, a call for posters and presentations will be launched with the intention to exhibit research projects within the thematic focus of the conference.

The organisers of the German EU-Council Presidency conference, “Revitalising Democracy in Times of Division—The Role of Social Sciences and Humanities”, taking place on 28 and 29 October 2020 in Bonn, Germany, invite the submission of posters contributing insights into the state of democracy and social cohesion resulting from current research projects in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The conference will provide an international platform for academia, research policymakers, and stakeholders from civil society to discuss recent research results and how these results can be transferred to actors outside of academia. Furthermore, the conference will debate new, challenging research questions related to the topic of democracy that need to be addressed in the future.

Through their posters, researchers will have the opportunity to share their findings with policymakers, representatives from national funding agencies, other researchers, and representatives of civil society organizations from throughout Europe. Around 300 participants are expected to take part in the conference.

Posters should highlight research results of current projects dealing with the conference topics. We invite projects with a research focus on social divisions, on conditions for social cohesion, and on democracy to submit posters. Projects and posters should address the question of how democracies can become more resilient and better equipped to deal with current challenges.

The posters will be exhibited on both days of the conference in the foyer of the former German Plenary Building, home of the German Federal Parliament (the “Bundestag”) between 1992 and 1999. During a dedicated project exhibition session on Day 1, selected posters will be briefly introduced (max. 3 minutes, either as a flash presentation or in modified Pecha Kucha format) by a representative of the selected research project to the assembled conference audience. These flash presentations will serve as a teaser for the poster exhibition, where conference attendees are invited to exchange with one another to learn more about the research on display. In addition to the presentation and poster exhibition, the selected projects will also be featured on the conference website and in the conference report.

Guidelines for submission of abstracts and draft posters

  • An abstract on the research contributions included in the poster containing the following aspects:
    • Title of project
    • Authors and affiliation(s)
    • Project runtime
    • Funder
    • Goals of the research project
    • Background information on project
    • Explanation of the social relevance and the anticipated impact of the contribution
  • A draft/mock-up of the actual poster to be displayed containing the following aspects:
    • Title of project
    • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
    • Project runtime
    • Funder
    • Main focus/goals of the research project
    • Outcomes/results to date with a clear connection to the conference theme
    • Societal relevance of project
    • Stakeholder involvement (how achieved?)
    • Measures to maximise impact of research results

Abstracts, one-page in length, single-spaced, and poster drafts must be submitted in PDF format. Final poster versions must be in A0 format (118.9 cm x 84.1 cm). Both abstracts and posters must be written in English. Please use 20+ font for titles; 12 point font or larger for text, using a sans serif font (e.g. Arial, Calibri, Geneva, etc.).

This call is open to projects funded under all levels of funding programme (regional, national, EU, international) and project type (individual and consortium).

Evaluation criteria

A maximum of 10 posters will be selected for presentation during the conference. Successful posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The project has already generated results that contribute to the academic state of the art (projects just starting are ineligible to apply)
  • The societal relevance of the research results and the manner (method/approach) how the research results could generate societal impact can be demonstrated;
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Quality and clarity of presented information and findings

No legal entitlement to participate in the conference and the poster exhibition can be derived from the submission of a poster/abstract in this call.

Submission deadlines

The deadline for submission of abstracts and poster drafts/mock-up is 15 May 2020. Please submit your materials per email, using the subject: Call for posters to democracy@dlr.de. Finalists will be informed of their selection in July. All posters selected for presentation will be required to submit a finalized version of their poster, in PDF format, by 2 October 2020 for penultimate review that all required criteria for exhibition have been fulfilled.

Representatives from projects selected for display who will take over an active role during the conference by presenting the project/poster are eligible to have their travel costs reimbursed according to the German national rules for reimbursement of travel. Travel costs will be reimbursed for one individual only.

For posters stemming from consortium projects, it is the responsibility of the applicant to receive permission from project members to submit the poster for exhibition during the conference. By submitting a poster to this call, applicants agree to the publication of their poster on the conference website and in the conference report, should their poster be selected.

For questions related to this call, please contact democracy@dlr.de.

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