Conference Program and Format

The National Scientific Program and Local Organizing Committees have been overseeing the development of the HCC 2019 scientific and social programs. The Committees have identified the conference theme, sub-themes, and goals that will shape the entire program through a range of session types, including:

  • plenary sessions including keynote addresses, panel discussions, and discourse and dialogue presentations to stimulate thinking and discussion,
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workshops to build skills and strategies
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  • interactive oral presentations to present findings,
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electronic poster presentations (E-posters) to present findings,
  • symposia to present findings, and
  • facilitated world café discussions to stimulate reflection and feedback.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions, planned by the National Scientific Program and Local Organizing Committees, include: keynote addresses, panel discussions, and discourse and dialogue sessions on topics that appeal to and engage all delegates. Each day will begin in the beautiful Victoria Conference Centre Theatre with a brief opening followed by a keynote address from one of our featured speakers. Each day will also end in plenary session featuring a panel discussion amongst our speakers and invited guests. And, to get delegates moving after lunch both days, we will begin the afternoon in what we expect will become the signature events of our conference – lively, provocative, important, and fully interactive discourse and dialogue meetings designed to amp up your involvement. Don’t miss them!

Oral Presentations

Because of the limited number of opportunities for oral presentations, we strongly encourage applicants to consider structuring their proposals, particularly if they deal with practice-based research, around the E-poster format or the World Café discussion format (see below).

Oral presentations will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee based on the open call for abstracts and the results of its peer review process. The Scientific Program Committee will strive to group oral presentations (4/room/90mins) to provide opportunities for presenters and their audiences to share ideas and questions amongst themselves during the 1½ hour session.

Individual oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes (10 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussions) with 10 minutes available (time permitting) for open discussion at the conclusion of the 4 presentations that share the room.

E-Posters

E-poster presentations will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee based on the open call for abstracts and the results of its peer review process. E-posters will be formatted for display in rotation on large screen televisions throughout the conference centre during the conference and individually in one of several “E-poster Halls”.

Each accepted E-poster will be displayed for 20 minutes at a designated time on a wide screen television in a designated E-Poster Hall, during which time the E-poster author(s) will be expected to be in attendance to present their poster and enter into discussions about it.

Workshops

Workshops, to be selected by the Scientific Program Committee based on the open call for abstracts and the results of its peer review process, will provide delegates with concrete skills, strategies, and insights on various topics. There is a limited number of opportunities to present Workshops.

Workshops are intended as forums to discuss a particular conference theme related topic in detail and build skills or resources in relation to it. They are facilitated, Interactive, 90 minute sessions that build capacities in particular areas such as community-based research, humanizing teaching and learning pedagogies, quality improvement, indigenous ways of knowing and being, etc. Workshop facilitators will be expected to identify learning intentions and outcomes and specific learning activities that will be used to achieve these outcomes.

Symposia

Symposia will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee based on the open call for abstracts and the results of its peer review process. A Symposium is designed to be a focused session in which speakers present on a common theme, issue, or question.

Similar to Oral Presentations, symposia will include four 20 minute oral presentations in an hour and half time slot. Symposia are moderated by the session chair identified in the abstract. A good moderator is essential to the success of the session and, therefore, the session chair should have experience moderating symposia, understand the subject matter, and be able to guide the session to ensure a connection between presenters and delegates.

World Café Discussions

World Café Discussions will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee based on the open call for abstracts and the results of its peer review process.

World Café Discussions will be used as a means of helping with brainstorming, exploratory, or evaluative processes.  We hope to have a variety of research, theory, programs, and practice represented in the Café from local, national, and global perspectives.

The World Café is an exciting, innovative and emergent method for facilitating small group dialogue around a common theme, using several rounds of stimulating, compelling and critical open-ended questions.  A description of and guidelines for the World Café Method are available at http://www.theworldcafe.com/key-concepts-resources/world-cafe-method/. In our Café, participants will be split into four groups (of approx. 6-10 people) and will move from one facilitated round table discussion to the next. Each table will have a specific question related to the overall theme, and each round will last approximately 15 minutes. After the fourth round, the group will reconvene as a whole to discuss and reflect on the results of the small group discussions for the remainder of the 90 minute World Café session.

Pre-Conference Workshops

As an addendum to HCC 2019, pre-conference workshops will be conducted Sunday, 29 September 2019 – the day before the conference opening. The Scientific Program and Local Organizing Committees are not soliciting proposals for the pre-conference workshops at this time. Rather, the Committees will design, develop, and schedule the workshops to augment the HCC 2019 program.

Further details will be posted as the pre-conference workshops are developed.