What are PDS Sessions?

Please note – for your paper to be nominated for the PDS sessions you must have an accepted abstract and full paper submitted by the due date of 30 November 2021. You will then be invited to nominate your paper for the PDS sessions.

What are PDS sessions?

PDS sessions are expert-led roundtable discussions of selected papers that were submitted on time. The goal of PDS sessions is to facilitate in-depth quality feedback on your work in a small group setting. One experienced scholar with experience publishing in top-tier outlets, as well as two of your fellow PDS session participants will be allotted to your paper. These individuals will read and review your paper prior to the conference and provide written and face-to-face feedback on your work.

Why would I want to nominate my paper for a PDS session?

Having your paper included in a PDS session, rather than a normal paper session, offers several benefits:

–          Receiving individual feedback by people that have read your paper

–          The opportunity to ask questions to leading academics

–          The time to enter an in-depth discussion of issues

What is expected of me?

If you decide to nominate your paper for a PDS session, rather than a normal paper presentation, please note that:

–          You will be required to provide written reviews on 2-3 other PDS papers, prior to the conference.   Reviewer Instructions and Reference Material

–          You are expected to actively participate in the sessions in which you are assigned a role as author or reviewer (at a minimum)

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Important Dates


Abstract submission: 

15 July to 30 September 2023

Notification of acceptance: 15 October 2023

Full Paper submission: 15 November 2023

Final Paper Acceptance Notification: 15 December 2023

Early Bird Registration: 15 December 2023 to 31 December 2023

Late Registration: 1 January 2024 to 15 January 2024

Conference Dates: 5-9 February 2024

PDWs, Educators’ Forum, Industry Forums, and Doctoral Consortium Dates and Deadlines will be updates as soon as they are confirmed.


As a first-time participant and a new doctoral student just 6 months in, the conference has been extremely useful for me in terms of my own personal learning and in meeting new, liked-minded individuals. I would definitely encourage more of my friends to apply the conference in the future.

Participant in 2023 Edition of ACERE