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JULY 2016: WISERD Annual Conference
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7/13/2016 to 7/14/2016
When: 7/13/2016

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Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) Annual Conference 2016

Call For Proposals

WISERD is pleased to announce that the 7th WISERD Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday 13th July and Thursday 14th July 2016 at Swansea University, Bay Campus. Our conference continues to grow each year and following on from the unbridled success of last year’s conference in Cardiff, #WISERD2016 promises to provide colleagues from across the academic, policy, public, private, and third sectors with the opportunity to network and discuss cutting edge research.

We are delighted to be able to confirm that Otton Solis, Founder member of Citizens’ Action Party (PAC) Costa Rica and Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at the 2016 event. Other speakers include Mike Hout, Professor of Sociology at New York University and David Grusky, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University.

The WISERD Annual Conference is an interdisciplinary social sciences conference, brought together by a common interest in disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, within and across the various social sciences, and between the social, natural and applied sciences.

The conference will include presentations on a range of critically important issues relating to academic, policy and practitioner communities in the UK and internationally. Proposals can address theoretical work, methodological developments and policy issues; as well as substantive research from a range of disciplines.

WISERD is keen to promote inter-disciplinarity and facilitate involvement from non-academic stakeholders and so we particularly welcome proposals on the basis of multidisciplinary work and abstracts that reflect cross-sector working.

We also encourage PhD students to participate and share in this enriching opportunity by submitting a full paper and/or taking part in some of the conference competitions.

This year we would like to invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia in any discipline that engages with social sciences

The WISERD Annual Conference Committee would like to encourage presenters to select a presentation format from the following list when submitting proposals;

  • Single Paper Presentation
  • Symposium
  • Colloquium
  • Workshop
  • Panel Discussion
  • Poster or Exhibition Piece
  • Pecha Kucha

For further information, please refer to the Proposal Types and Alternative Presentation Formats and Guidelines for Submissions which are attached.

Conference Competitions

Each year a range of prizes will be on offer and 2016 will be no different. There will be prizes for the best student posters and prizes for the 3MT challenge. However, you've got to be in it to win it!

Student Poster Competition

As in previous years, currently-registered DTC PhD students attending the conference will be invited to submit a poster. These posters will be displayed throughout the event so that all conference delegates will have a chance to view them, and they will be made available via the WISERD and Wales DTC websites following the conference; with the permission of the author. Sponsored by ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre & Learned Society for Wales. For further details on the poster layout, size and orientation requirements for this conference, please consult the poster presentation guidelines attached.

Three Minute Thesis Challenge

The Three Minute Thesis Challenge celebrates the exciting research conducted by DTC PhD students and is designed for doctoral candidates to present a compelling spoken presentation on their research topic and its significance in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience and using only one projected slide. The exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports their capacity to effectively explain their research. Sponsored by ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre

Rules, Judging Criteria and other top tips are attached and can also be found on the WISERD website by clicking here

We have a limited number of slots available for this session, so please register to participate in the 3MT Competition before 1st June 2016, by sending an email with 3MT in the subject box to

Submission Instructions

Submissions must be made online at

Please note:

  • Each abstract proposal or idea should be submitted separately.
  • Proposals may be submitted in English or Welsh.
  • The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 15th January 2016
  • All submissions will be reviewed by the WISERD Reviewing Committee. Their role is to ensure the development of a balanced programme of sessions which is based on relevance, demand, professional development need and timing. It may not be possible to include all proposals and ideas, but we thank everyone in advance for their efforts and interest in supporting the 2016 WISERD Conference.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be issued in February 2016 and once the programme has been finalised, contributors will be given confirmation of the date and time of their session. Successful speakers will be asked to submit their detailed session materials during the spring.
  • There is a possibility that successful speakers may be ask to present in a different format.
  • If you are accepted as a speaker you will need to register as a delegate in the normal way and to book during the early bird booking period.


Booking for the conference will open on Tuesday 1st March 2016 with early bird rates applying until the end of May 2016. Further information about the conference and details on how to book will be available from the WISERD website

Please note: In order to speak at this event you will also need to register as a delegate in the normal way and to book during the early bird booking period.

If you would like to engage with potential collaborators or have any questions about session design, the conference programme or general session management please contact Sarah Creed on 02920 870983 or


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