The British Council's Going Global 2012 Call For Proposals

The British Council has launched a call for proposals from all round the world relating to one of its conference themes.

Deadline for submitting a proposal:

Proposal type
Full session
Friday 16 September 2011
Paper presentation
Friday 16 September 2011
Poster presentation
Friday 16 December 2011

Guidance for proposals

Going Global attracts a diverse audience of policy-makers, professionals and practitioners in the no less diverse landscape of international education. Sessions are intended to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience around the conference themes, with the goal that all those attending will be inspired and motivated to put new ideas into practice following the event.

Those interested in speaking at the conference should submit a proposal in relation to one of the conference themes. Your summary should clearly respond to one of the three or four questions under your preferred theme.

When submitting a proposal, consider the title carefully. It should be short and clear, and make the reader want to learn more. Your summary should also be clear and concise, and should demonstrate the value that your proposal would add to the audience at Going Global 2012.

We welcome unique perspectives from all areas of international education. We are especially interested to hear about practical examples of how you have you have anticipated and responded to challenges and opportunities in your work. Successful proposals will link policy and practice, for example by explaining how specific experiences in the education sector have informed policy developments.

  1. Full session proposals: Sessions will be scheduled for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Your proposal should outline the topic, format and choreography of your proposed session. The topic should relate to one of the conference themes. Your format may be a multi-presentation session with a maximum of three speakers; a workshop which includes small group discussions; or a world café session with delegates moving around the room to experience a variety of discussions and speakers. All sessions should allow for a minimum of 15 minutes for an interactive question and answer period with the audience.
  2. Paper presentation proposals: Paper presentation proposals should discuss an individual speaker’s perspective on one of the conference themes. If selected, speakers will be asked to participate in a multi-presentation session, a workshop or a world café session with other speakers responding to similar questions. Speakers will be given a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes to present.
  3. Poster presentation proposals: Posters will be displayed throughout the conference in one of the main exhibition and refreshment areas. You have the opportunity to design an A1 poster, using text and images to put forward your perspective one of the conference questions. If selected, your poster will be displayed alongside others of a similar theme. All poster presenters from your theme will be assigned a thirty minute time period on either day two or three of the conference to meet interested delegates and discuss your work and ideas. Your proposal should discuss your perspective on one of the conference themes. There is no need to include any images at this stage; if your proposal is selected you will be asked to submit your poster image in January or February 2012.

Selection process

The International Steering Committee will assess proposals to ensure their quality and relevance to the conference themes. Please find the criteria for selection below:

    • Does the proposal match with one of the conference themes?
    • Does the speaker(s) have the necessary academic credentials or background / experience to present the proposal effectively?
    • Is the proposal based around original research conducted by the speaker(s), or are there elements of originality within the work?
    • Are the outputs from the proposal based upon a sound methodology or approach?
    • Will the topic have wide appeal and interest value to the Going Global 2012 audience?

    Successful proposals

    All successful proposals will be offered a much reduced contributor registration rate.

    Unsuccessful proposals

    As a thank you for submitting a proposal, we are pleased to offer all unsuccessful proposals a discounted registration rate rather than the full fee.

    Guidance for speakers

    Guidance on session formats and pre-conference preparation will be provided to all successful proposals. All speakers must register for the conference through the online registration system. Registration will open in November 2011.

    Publication of posters, papers, MP3 and Videos

    All presentations and posters will be published on the conference website. Presentations will be converted into Adobe Acrobat format. Presentations and papers may also be published (with agreement of authors) in the conference proceedings.


    For further information please visit the British Council website.