In the past few weeks we've received a number of emails from overseas: would-be presenters who are pondering a trip to NZ to coincide with the 2008 LIANZA Conference. Interest among Kiwis is keen, too - indications are that we'll receive a huge number of abstracts.
The programme team is on track to release the call for abstracts in early March - so watch all the usual channels: the conference website, this blog, the listservs etc.
This year there'll be a range of presentation options. Intending presenters might think about interactive sessions that engage audiences and invite their participation. We'll be looking for content that will deliver new and challenging ideas - and creative styles of presentation that are sure to delight and inspire us.
What'll be on our minds in November? It will be around about election time. And the American presidential race will be hitting screens all over the world. Melbourne Cup day occurs during conference. Conference ends on November 5th: will the fireworks start early? (Actually, if you are visiting Auckland you might want to stay that additional night and take in the Sky Tower's annual display.)
Conference sessions will be 45 or 60 minutes to allow plenty of time for presentation, questions, and follow up discussion. The venue is easy to get around and so travelling between sessions and activities will be quick. Good timekeeping will be a breeze. Breaks will be generously timed to allow heaps of space for networking, meetings, visiting exhibitions, and visits to libraries and other venues.
We're finalising discussions with keynotes and should be able to release names by the time the call for abstracts goes out.