Q & As

The LCR Graduate Student Conference 2021 is the first of (what will hopefully become) an LCA tradition!

@LCRgradconf = A virtual conference

campus 2019

We are here!

Hamar, Norway

This page will be updated as we figure out all the details! Last updated: 24 March 2021


Help! A virtual conference? I've never done this before!

  • That's ok! We have done this before & will be able to guide you.
  • We will open a digital 'Help Center' at certain times before and during the conference. 
    • Here you will be able to say hello, try out your video and audio, try out sharing your presentation and get tips about all sort of stuff.

When will the conference be held?

  • 11-12 October 2021
  • Please block off both days in your schedule!

How much will the conference cost?

  • The conference will be FREE for all delegates. 
  • All conference expenses are sponsored by the Learner Corpus Association and the Faculty of Education at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

What's going to happen at this conference?

  • Two plenary talks, one per day. Check out our speakers  here!
  • Full papers (20 minutes plus 5-10 minutes discussion), held live
  • Digital posters, made in advance & posted on our 'Poster Wall' for feedback from conference delegates
  • And...see the next question!

But what about all those lovely social events at conferences? Is this conference going to be all work and no play?

  • Definitely not! We know that learner corpus researchers need to play too!
  • We have loads of ideas & will provide details ASAP. 
  • And feel free to send us any suggestions you might have: here.

But I go to conferences to develop my network! Will I be able to do that @LCRgradconf?

  • Yes, we certainly think so!
  • That is part of the point of the social events (see point above).
  • This conference will give you the chance to interact with both senior researchers and with your fellow Early Career Researchers (i.e. the LCR experts of tomorrow!)

I'd love to present a paper or poster! How do I send in an abstract?

  • Read our Call for Papers here!
  • Deadline for submissions = 3 May 2021
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent out in July.

I am a senior LCR researcher. Is this conference relevant for me?

  • Yup.
  • Younger LCR researchers need your input.
  • You need younger LCR researchers to challenge you and push your own research further.
  • Conclusion:
    • Save the dates & join us!
    • You have nothing to lose and loads to gain!

Do you need any help?

  • Yes, please!
  • Engage with us on Twitter  - Spread the word about the conference and retweet LCR-related news!
  • We are here: @lcrgradconf
  • We'll let you know when we need more help!

What platform will you be using?

  • We will use Zoom. Many of you already use it. It is free and user-friendly.
  • To join us at the conference, everyone has to download a program in advance. You only have to do this the very first time you want to use Zoom.
  • You will find the download  here. Select the first option: Zoom Client for Meetings.

But is Zoom secure? We read all sorts of things about Zoombombing!

  • We are aware of the problem & will follow all recommended precautions (both from Zoom itself, as well as from other sources).
  • We will send out guidelines and rules for use of Zoom to all registered conference delegates.

Will I need all sorts of technical gadgets to participate?

  • Nah. Basically you will need a computer, a headset or conference microphone, and a web camera. The camera and micrphone can be the built-in ones on your computer or external ones.
  • You will also need internet access. Using a network cable is more reliable than using WiFi.
  • We'll give you plenty of opportunity to try everything out before you join a session or present a paper.

Sounds great! So how can I register for the conference?

  • Registration will be online (of course) & will open in August.
  • Everyone with an accepted paper, WiP or poster will be given a registration deadline, to be included in the program (we will remind you!)
  • For non-presenters, registration will remain open until October 11th.

Will I be able to get proof of presention for my poster or paper?

  • Yes, just like at a physical conference.
  • We will send this to your email address as a pdf file.

What about time zones? How will that work?

  • Ummm. We'll get back to you about this!
  • We want to see where YOU are before we make any final decision!

Are there any advantages to participating in a virtual rather than a physical conference?

  • Definitely!
  • A virtual conference...
    • is better for the climate because we're not flying around the globe;
    • can have significantly lower conference fees;
    • may allow more people to attend: people who weren't able to set aside the time to travel to Norway, people who couldn't afford to, people who aren't able to travel to conferences unless they are presenting papers, etc.;
    • allows for a more diverse body of conference delegates - that is, people from countries that have not often been represented at RaAM conferences;
    • allows for more thorough feedback on your work: Very often, follow-up questions at physical conferences may remain unasked due to lack of time or not enough time to really think about the best questions. Having more ways of interacting online may actually improve the quality of the interaction;
    • doesn't give you jet lag;
    • and allows you to wear (or not to wear) whatever you want;
    • allows you to have your own privat/group chats;
    • allows you to ask questions when they arise (in chat);
    • allows to to choose your own snacks :-)
  • Not convinced?!? Then check out this blog post!

And just who are you?

  • Why, thank you for asking!
  • We belong to a research group called 'English Language in Use': look  here.
  • We work at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (a mouthful, sorry).
  • LCR is central to much of our research.
  • We have been huge fans of LCA since its start!