Abstract Development Workshop – Monday 11 November 2019 – Blackpool

Abstract Development Workshop for the 2020 Resilience Revolution Conference

Boingboing are running an Abstract Development Workshop in Blackpool on Monday 11 November 2019 for anybody who fancies working on their ideas in a group setting, whilst finding out more about linking work to the conference themes, and getting tips on how to write a successful abstract.

The Resilience Revolution at HeadStart Blackpool, in collaboration with Boingboing and the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice at the University of Brighton, will be hosting the world’s first, International Resilience Revolution Conference on the 9-10 September 2020 (with pre- and post-conference events on the 8 & 11 September 2020). The Resilience Revolution is a grass roots social movement that aims to transform Blackpool into a more resilient town, where everyone can thrive. We hope that the conference will be a platform for young people, parents, carers, community groups, organisations, policy makers, commissioners and academics to share their ideas, learning and insight on all things resilience. If you wish to share your work, ideas and knowledge, please consider presenting or running a workshop at the conference.

The benefits?
By the end of the workshop you will:
• understand what an abstract is and what information it should contain
• have learnt about the different ways in which you can present your work at the conference
• have learnt how to relate your abstract to the conference themes

Who should attend?
The deadline to submit your abstract for the Conference is approaching (24 February 2020) so we are running a workshop to support your submission. This workshop is for anyone interested in developing and submitting an abstract (young people, adults, community organisations, carers, practitioners, academics…). We have set out a number of key themes that your work should connect to. We are particularly keen to highlight work that has been thoroughly co-produced between different partners (e.g., young people, academics, practitioners). We are also proactively seeking to include contributions from people who face additional barriers to participation, including those who identify as being from an under-represented community, i.e. from an ethnic minority, working-class, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, or those with a long-term illness or disability.

What is an abstract?
An abstract is basically a short and clear summary of what you would like to talk about/do at the conference and how you plan to share your work, ideas, and learning. For example, you might be planning to present your work and ideas as an academic paper, a poster, a symposium of small presentations, an interactive workshop, a debate or discussion panel, a performance, artwork or through digital media. Your abstract should also tell the organisers how your work is relevant to the conference themes, what is original or engaging in your work and if/how you have co-produced any elements of the work, ideas etc.

What will it cover?
The workshop will introduce each type of conference contribution in more detail and will give you useful tips for successful abstract submissions. It will be a collaborative and friendly space to check out your ideas, refine your plans or complete your submission. The session will be very practical and interactive, so bring your notebook, your laptop or your sketching pad…..whatever works best for you. It will be facilitated by Barbara Mezes (Research Fellow) and Rosie Gordon (PhD student) from the University of Brighton. Both Barbara and Rosie work in the Research and Evaluation Team of the Resilience Revolution at HeadStart Blackpool.

Abstract Development Workshop for the 2020 Resilience Revolution Conference Resilience
: Monday 11 November 2019
: 4pm to 6pm
: Committee Room (UCH204), Blackpool & Fylde College, University Centre, Park Road, Blackpool, FY1 4ES (Campus map)
Price: Free

Travel information: Please go to the reception in the ‘Central Hub’ building where they will then direct you to the Committee Room. The campus is about a 20 minute walk from Blackpool North Train station. The number 4 bus stops on Palatine Road. There should be some visitor parking spaces available on site and there are other car parks nearby. See this pdf for alternative car parks.

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