Details and Information

No Paradise

No Paradise
by Nik Helbig

Examining Realities

5th  Global Conference: The Health Project

Details and Information 2016

Monday 5th September – Wednesday 7th September 2016
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Timetable of Dates

Outline Timetable of Dates
Friday 15th April 2016Submission of 300 word proposal.
Friday 29th April 2016Notification of proposal review results
Booking Form submissions open
Friday 27th May 2016Booking Form submission deadline
Invoices issued
Friday 8th July 2016Payment of Invoices deadline
Friday 5th August 2016Submission of 3000 words (max) draft papers and submissions
Monday 5th September 2016Conference Commences

Ethos Statement
Important – Please Note
: The ethos of ‘The Patient’ project places strong emphasis on dialogue with the issues raised by the conference as a whole and engagement with the people attending the conference. These two elements are essential to the inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of the event. Over the past few years the success of our projects has rested on the continual interaction between delegates for the duration of the conference and beyond. The Steering Group feel it is essential that delegates should be present for the duration of the conference so as to facilitate the exchange of perspectives for which the conference strives, and which any publication should clearly demonstrate. Failure to attend for the duration of the meeting will automatically exclude eligibility for inclusion in any of the post-conference publications.

Review Policy
Inter-Disciplinary.Net operates a reviews policy which is consistent with our Vision Statement and supports the ethos of the network. Inclusive interdisciplinary work is premised on the fact that multiple partners are involved in creating interdisciplinary conversations; these partners include academics, ngo workers, charity sector workers, professionals, people from business and other contexts. It is important to realise that the criteria which applies inside one area of activity, for example, the academic, does not necessarily operate inside others. Nor should others be judged according to such criteria; it would not always be appropriate. Interdisciplinary reviewing is a difficult conundrum to get right and even after 17 years, we continually monitor, grow and evolve our reviewing models to ensure best practices are introduced, monitored and reviewed.

Our standard policy for reviewing submitted materials is as follows: all submissions come in to the Project Director (PD) and to central office. The PD has a standard template for reviewing: he/she removes all personal details and identifying information from the submissions, ensures the abstracts are completely anonymous and then circulates them to the Project Team (PT). The PT – normally consisting of no less than 4 but no more than 10 people drawn from Universities, institutions, networks and organisations across the world – individually review the anonymised abstracts and send the results back to the PD. The PD collates the feedback and results from each reviewer and draws up a list of accepts and rejects. In cases where there is some disagreement or uncertainty, the anonymised submissions of the cases in question are sent to a further selection of reviewers or to members of the Executive for further review. This is fed back to the PD. The PD finalises the list and surveys the results in tandem with the Director of Programmes and Events. The list is then agreed, finalised and accepts and rejects are sent out.

Our systems and processes were audited and approved twice in the last last four years by the British Accreditation Council as part of our validation by them. Many academic institutions have praised us for the rigorous system we operate.

Participant Handbook
Participants are strongly encouraged to read the delegate handbook by following this link:

Download the Delegate Handbook

Presentations should be of no more than 20 minutes duration (3000 words max). Responses to proposals should be of no more than 10 minutes duration. Work-in-Progress presentations should be of no more than 15 minutes duration. The time allotted to workshops will be considered on an individual basis. Other forms of presentation will be considered on request.

You need to think about the best way of communicating what you want to say and how you are going to engage your audience. Your audience will be broadly interdisciplinary, consisting of people not just from a range of academic disciplines but potentially from professional, business, ngo, charity and voluntary sector contexts as well. Our events are very much about the creation of dialogue between delegates and so we ask that whilst preparing your presentation you consider the most appropriate way on conveying your idea and engaging with the audience.

Projection of Images:  We are all familiar with ‘death by powerpoint’. We strongly feel that the use of powerpoint to project text does not facilitate dialogue or conversation and consequently do not permit the use of this or similar forms of software for such use.

However, we do encourage, where necessary, visual presentations and the projection of images. Bringing printed copies so that people can take them away and continue their reflections is also welcome. Presenters are also strongly encouraged not to read their papers verbatim: draft papers will be available on the web site prior to the conference beginning and will be available in downloadable .pdf format. We hope that presenters will instead speak to the significant points raised in their papers.

All conference papers will be eligible (subject to conditions) for publication in an ISBN eBook with the Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed ISBN hard copy volume. Our standard model is for such volumes to be strongly dialogical, with chapters showing awareness of and interacting with each other. The decision whether to proceed to hard copy publication will be taken by the Organising Chairs and Steering Group within three weeks of the conference close.

Other possibilities (including digital, paperback and journal options) may also be considered in relation to the overall long term aims of the project.

Conference Registration
The cost for attending the conference is £295. This includes:

  • conference registration fee
  • a free copy of one digital publication emerging from the conference
  • a discounted rate for any hard copy volume(s) emerging from the event (should one or more emerge)
  • discounted rate for any Inter-Disciplinary Press, Fisher Imprints, Graduate Press and Tranquillity Press publications
  • Monday afternoon tea and biscuits
  • Monday evening wine and drinks reception
  • Monday evening 3 course waiter served dinner
  • Tuesday morning coffee and biscuits
  • Tuesday 2 course waiter served lunch
  • Tuesday afternoon tea and biscuits
  • drinks in the conference room
  • Wednesday morning coffee and biscuits
  • Wednesday 2 course waiter served lunch
  • Wednesday afternoon tea and biscuits

Payment Process
Participants must complete the online booking form by Friday 27th May 2016 at the latest.
After the deadline has expired, an invoice will be drawn up and sent to you; the invoice will contain all the necessary information for you to pay by bank transfer, cheque, Paypal or credit card.
The invoice must be settled by Friday 8th July 2016.

It is the responsibility of delegates to ensure that payment is made by this date. Failure to receive payment will result in your booking being cancelled.

Payment Methods
There are a number of ways payment can be made.

Payment can be made by cheque, in pounds sterling (gbp) only. Cheque’s in pound sterling must be drawn against a bank with headquarters in the United Kingdom. Cheque’s should be made payable to ‘Inter-Disciplinary.Net’ and sent, with the booking form, to:

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House
149b Wroslyn Road
Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
United Kingdom

We cannot and will not accept cheques made payable in currencies other than GBP Sterling.

Bank Transfer
Payment may be made using bank transfer. Full details to enable a bank transfer are made available on your conference invoice. If paying by this method, you must agree to pay all charges at the sending and receiving banks.

By Invoice
You may request that an invoice be sent to you which you may forward to your institution. It is your responsibility to ensure that the invoice is paid before the payment deadline.

Credit Card
Payment may also be made using credit card. Please Note: card payments are subject to a 3% transaction fee, except for debit cards which are charged at 0.75GBP/ 1.00 Euro per transaction: this is the amount we are charged by the credit card company. We cannot accept American Express or Discovery as a form of payment.

Payment may also be made using Paypal. Please note: a 4% charge applies to all items and services paid for in this way: this is the amount we are charged by Paypal. If paying by this method please send us the email account connected with your Paypal account and we will forward you a request for payment.

We strongly recommend that all delegates take out some form of travel or other insurance in relation any and all travel arrangements or accommodation booked in regard to the conference. This should include cancellation insurance in the event of unforeseen or unexpected circumstances.

All fees are payable in advance. No delegate will be permitted entry to the conference if an invoice is still unpaid.