ICSED as a conference aims to include perspectives and ideas from NGOs, practitioners, policy makers, and community, as much as researchers. The Open Session option provides this opportunity — to ensure projects, experiences and viewpoints that will benefit the ICSED community are represented, especially where they do not fit the full papers.
Sessions can vary widely in subject and style. They often include multiple presenters convening around important, cross-cutting themes. They may take the form of panels, workshops, “ignite” talks, debates, participatory formats or other types of communication and exchange (in a forum form for policy analyst or talks by authors on launching a book). However, sessions that primarily consist of paper presentations are discouraged.
Successful proposals will work towards inclusiveness, relevance and excellence. Conference organizers may extend invitations to particular participants to attend or present based on emerging themes in ICSED; likewise, participation is open to any conference attendee who wishes to join in on the day of the session (up to room capacity).