THE CALL FOR PAPERS IS NOW CLOSED.
The Third International Conference on Missing Children and Adults will be held from 14-16 June, 2017 at the University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland. The conference will be partnered by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, Police Scotland and the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons at Portsmouth University.
We invite proposals for symposia, papers, posters and ‘marketplace of ideas’ sessions addressing topics in all areas of missing persons and associated issues. We particularly welcome proposals that speak to any of the following four themes:
- Prevention of missing person incidents.
- Responding appropriately to incidents.
- Supporting missing people and their families.
- Protecting vulnerable people to reduce the risk of harm.
We especially welcome proposals that are empirically based and those that involve new and emerging topics.
A symposium proposal is appropriate for a coordinated group of presentations that will focus on one topic. Symposium proposals should include three 20 minute presentations and a discussant. The discussant must be independent of research projects that are presented in the symposium. Each participant and the topics to be discussed should be outlined in the proposal. The participation of each presenter should be secured before submitting the proposal. (Each symposium session at the conference will be allotted up to 90 minutes.) In keeping with the international nature of this conference, higher priority will be given to proposals that have international representation among its panellists.
Paper proposals are appropriate for presentations that will focus on an individual research topic. After acceptance/rejection of proposals has been determined, the conference co-chairs will group paper presentations into sessions consisting of 3-5 presentations. Every effort will be made to ensure international representation in each paper session. The amount of time allowed for each individual presentation will be determined by the total number of presentations involved.
Poster presentations will be made at one poster session held in the evening. Presentations will be made in a written format on display boards (size TBA).
Marketplace of Ideas are practice-focused sessions of between 30-60 minutes that aim:
- To provide practical examples of successful practices across the full range of ‘missing’ issues.
- To provide a forum for identifying, collecting and showcasing innovative partnership approaches, as a basis for exploring the principles behind success and sustainability of such collaborations.
- To stimulate interest in the development of new collaborative programmes.
Ideally the Marketplace of Ideas will be a joint presentation by either a practitioner and an academic or by two practitioners from different services (e.g., a police officer and a social or health professional) where both have been involved in the project. Marketplace of Ideas sessions will be small groups (approximately 30 people) and will be highly interactive. Some examples of Marketplace of Ideas sessions could be:
- Presentations/demonstrations of training packages, curricula, manuals, videos etc.
- A ‘knowledge exchange’ through a facilitated discussion after describing the achievements and/or failures of a particular programme initiative.
- A ‘mini master class’ via a highly interactive workshop to communicate experiential knowledge and know-how.
- ‘Up close and personal’ with an expert on a technical question: informative, inspiring, energetic up to 18-minute talks in the TED/Ignite style.
Paper and poster proposals should consist of an abstract that is no longer than 250 words. Symposium proposals should consist of a 250-word abstract for each paper, plus an additional 200-word abstract for the symposium. Marketplace of Ideas proposals should consist of a 500-word abstract setting out the nature, content and aims of the session as well as how you will ensure the session is interactive.
Please indicate if you would like your paper or symposium papers to be considered for inclusion as posters if they are not accepted as proposed. Presentations from students are welcome. The deadline for submissions is 15 February, 2017. All proposals should be submitted electronically to email@example.com. All accepted presenters must register for the conference or their presentations will be removed from the conference programme. Decisions concerning the acceptance of abstracts is at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Please check this page regularly for updates regarding the conference programme.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the call for papers, or about the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organisers:
Chair: Dr Penny Woolnough: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-chair: Dr Karen Shalev Greene: email@example.com