Many participants who are coming to Warwick this year are also presenters and often session chairs. So what do you do if you have to wear three different hats over 1, 2 or 3 days? Here are some tips to help you prepare make the most of your time at the conference – and have time to network, too:
- Preparation is everything: plan ahead for your own session first. Whether it’s your first time at the ALT Annual Conference or whether you are a seasoned presenter the guidelines for presenters and session chairs provide important information about your participation. You can view them as a Google doc or download as a PDF file. We are also offering a virtual drop-in session for presenters, session chairs and delegates. This is an opportunity to speak to someone about any questions you have about the conference. The allotted times for calls are (all times are BST):
- 2pm-3pm Wednesday 31st August
- 9.30am-10:30am Thursday 1st September
- 11am-12pm Friday 2nd September
To join the drop-in visit https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/alt.ac.uk/officehours
- Plan your schedule: The conference programme is publically available for anyone to see. For the functionality to follow sessions, build your personal calendar and comment you need to be logged in. To log in visit the site (altc.alt.ac.uk/2016/) and select ‘Log In’ from the top black bar. Help is at hand, so if you are not sure what to do, visit our help page.
- Connect before you arrive: We encourage you to complete your profile (see a handy video on how to do this) and start connecting with other delegates ahead of time. If you are NEW to the conference and this is your first time attending, then there is a meet up just for you: orientation for first time participants. If you want to meet some friendly new faces or someone who can help you find your way around, come along to the ALT exhibition stand near registration in the morning on any day of the conference.
Last, but not least, take some time to check what’s happening online and follow #altc on Twitter.