Call for Proposals

Call for Papers is now open!


Conference participants are invited to send proposals that correspond to the conference theme and strands. Proposals can be submitted as Individual Paper Presentations, as parts of Self-organised Symposia, or as Poster Presentations.    

Individual Paper Presentation

These are 30 minutes slots including discussion. Individual papers will be grouped into larger thematic symposia of two or three presentations by theme. Every attempt is made to ensure that presenters within a symposium have some common theme.

Each symposium will be allocated a chair. The function of the chair is to support the presenters and to facilitate their communication both with the audience and between each other.

If you would like to chair a symposium, you will be able to express your interest as part of your abstract submission process. Whether a chairing role is allocated will depend on a number of factors, e.g. experience, degree of already committed involvement in the Conference, clashes, etc.

Self-organised Symposium

Groups may propose to organise three papers and a moderator around one common theme as a full session of 90 minutes including discussion. For self-organised symposia, one abstract per paper is required.

Chairs of self-organised symposia are responsible for starting the online submission process on behalf of their research groups. They need to submit a title and a summary of their symposia and nominate three presenters. Only nominated presenters are able to submit abstracts as part of self-organised symposia.


All symposia should be seen as a chance to present the essentials of your work to an international audience of colleagues working in the same field, to get critical feedback and ideas and to network with people who share your interests. Many presentations stimulate further discussion outside the symposium and sometimes future collaboration after the event.

Conference participants come from a wide range of countries, professional backgrounds and disciplines. Many will be talking and listening in a language which is not their own. Some contributors will be highly experienced but there will be many who are not. The development of contributors both as researchers and as communicators is seen by the EECERA trustees as an important part of raising the debate about early childhood issues.

No symposium should have more than 3 presentations. Each symposium should last an hour and a half, being shared equally between the presentations. We recommend that papers are presented in turn, separated only by short questions of clarification. Symposia should be concluded with an opportunity for audience debate and dialogue. We would suggest that at least half an hour of the total symposium time is given to questions and discussion between audience and presenters.

Each conference participant can submit a total of two papers and commit to chairing one symposium.


Poster Presentation

Poster presentations are becoming more and more popular at EECERA Conferences. Poster presenters have an opportunity to have a relaxed dialogue about their work with other delegates who are interested in their research. Usually, a space will be reserved for you in a public area where you can put up your poster and leave it even when you are not there so passersby can read it. In addition, there will be specific times when the Conference programme dictates that you must be present in the poster exhibition area ready to dialogue with your audience and readers.

Poster sessions allow the Conference organisers to maximise the opportunities for those who have something important to say, wish to stimulate debate and make contacts. The Conference should be seen as a chance to present the essentials of your work to an international audience of colleagues working in the same field, to get critical feedback on your ideas and to network with people who share your interests.

Many delegates will be talking and listening in a language which is not their own. In keeping with the inclusionary aims of EECERA, Conference participants come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and disciplines, so make your poster presentation interesting, use helpful visuals to present your data where possible and make sure to explain your national context where applicable.


Submit a Proposal

Please create your EECERA conference account and follow the instructions on the website to submit a proposal for presentation.

You will be asked to enter the following information:
• The title of the presentation
• The type of presentation
• The name/s, institution/s and email address/es of the presenter/s and co-authors
(For multiple authored papers, please indicate which authors will be presenting)
• Mailing address and E-mail address
• A 250-word abstract (addressing each element specified on the submission form)
• Five keywords.


The deadline for proposal submission is 23:59 (GMT) on Friday 3rd March 2017.