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your general impressions, criticism, suggestions and feedback concerning the

 

DiscourseNet International Congress #1

Discourse: Language, Society, Critique

24-26 September 2015

 

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Sixian Hah
Tuesday, September, 29th, 2015 17:18

I find this congress to be a very supportive one. As a first-year Phd student, the constructive feedback and questions I received after my presentation were hugely beneficial. I also had people coming up to me to offer references to books/papers that I could look into. This is all very encouraging and I appreciate it lots! Bremen is a pretty city and it was very easy to get around and to the conference venues. All in all, I'm very glad to have attended this conference! ~ Sixian

by
Marta Wróblewska
Tuesday, September, 29th, 2015 19:13

Hi All! The conference was great!


 


I appreciate in particular:


*The organising comittee (+ student support) – always with a smile on their faces despite possible stress. Perfect communication, good information flow, nice graphics and good social media use


*line-up of panels - being able to see authors I quote "live" was a unique experience, at times it was even difficult to chose between panels because they all seemed interesting


*general positive and friendly atmosphere, lots of constructive discussions during panels and after


*venue - bright and comfortable rooms, good technical support


*meals - lunch in mensa was good, and dinner in town was just amazing


*tour of city – I found it very interesting and entertaining after a day spent indoors


*support from organisers for attendance of entry-level researchers – important for keeping the event open and inclusive


 


What could be improved:


*Including affiliations next to names in programme, or a list of all participants + emails at the end


*better circulation of book of abstracts


*gender balance in panels (as mentioned during the DiscourseNet gathering)


*having a screen with the tweeter feed close to registration could help include those who do not use Twitter in the discussions taking place online


*personally, I found the poster session a bit disappointing, as there was not much audience (understandably, as there were other panels happening at the same time). for future events, I think the best is too have either many posters (10 or more) and organise a full poster-session or ask the authors of posters to give a talk, as otherwise the posters just get lost...


 


Despite these very little remarks, I found the conference fantastic and am looking forward to seeing everyone again:)

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