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

Full paper submission deadline: 20 November

Educational Forum/Industry Forum Submission Deadline: 10 December

Application for Doctoral Consortium: 10 December

PDWs Submission Deadline: 10 December

Registration Early-Bird Price: 21 December


ACERE 2024 Program Schedule

Doctoral Consortium (Monday 5th February all day)

Paper Development Workshops (Tuesday 6th February – 9am – 3pm)

Educators/Industry Forum (Tuesday 6th February – 9am – 3pm)

Main Conference (Tuesday 6th (from 3:30 pm), Wednesday 7th (all day), Thursday 8th (all day) – Conference begins at 3:30 pm on Tuesday 6th)

Social events

Welcome Drinks at The Old Clare Hotel, Tuesday 6th February, 5:30-7:00 PM

Gala Event and Awards at MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)- Wednesday, 7th February, 6:30-10:30 PM

 Closing drinks at Aerial Conference Centre Thursday 8th February 5-6 PM


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