The 2020 Student Global Leadership Conference (SGLC) Team is seeking proposals for breakout sessions.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
SGLC is a premier educational event and student destination for undergraduate and graduate students from the US, UK, and around the world. The conference will happen on April 3 - 5, 2020 in South Kensington, London.
Building on previous conference themes of social justice, diversity and inclusivity, and sustainability, our fifth SGLC focuses on leadership and change.
SGLC 2020 THEME
LEADERSHIP FOR CHANGE IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
The polarization of political ideologies and wealth distribution, mass bio-extinction, refugee crisis, hardening of borders, social media and the erosion of personal privacy, greater isolation, and an increase in mental ill-health are some examples of the plethora of current challenges that are bringing about change in an uncertain present and future.
In a time of instability, it is impossible to predict what the future holds. Indeterminate times demand strong leadership that can shore up an uncharted future. Throughout history, great leaders have brought about positive and enduring change in periods of doubt. But how can today’s leaders steer us on a path towards positive change when we don’t know what new surprises tomorrow will bring?
FIE’s fifth Student Global Leadership Conference will challenge and empower leaders to scope the challenge ahead, to guide in turbulent times, to channel frustration into action, to ensure greater social cohesion and to seek a better, fairer future for the benefit of us all.
The conference will be open to:
- UK or European university students
- FIE students
- non-FIE study abroad students in London
- non-FIE study abroad students in Dublin
- students currently enrolled at US Universities
- students currently enrolled in international Universities
- professionals in the field of higher education
- professionals in the field of study abroad
Breakout Sessions should be designed to target this audience.
BREAKOUT SESSION GUIDELINES
Breakout sessions should be hands-on, interactive, passionate, and engaging and enhance understanding of the conference’s theme. We would especially welcome the opportunity to hear about your original papers, research, unique stories and experiences as our conference breakout sessions.
Each session will be allotted 60 minutes, with significant portions of that time dedicated to the interaction between the delegates and the presenter and ample time for delegates’ questions. For example, a session could be broken into 10 minutes for an introduction, two 15-minute presenter-led and/or group activities, 10 minutes for closing comments, and 10 minutes for delegates’ questions.
Presenters should plan to include tangible takeaway tools or practical examples as part of the session. For example, a small tool-kit booklet for each participant which the presenters brought with them; a personalized bulleted list each participant developed as part of the session’s activities; a hand-out completed during the session; etc.
WHO CAN BE A PRESENTER?
This interdisciplinary conference brings together participants from all related fields, academic and professional. We are seeking a broad range of presenters who can provide rich exploration of the conference’s theme. We will consider seasoned student leadership specialists, leadership scholars, and professionals with experience in leadership. We would also like to welcome current and former student leaders who may not yet have had an opportunity to present at a conference before.
All presenters are to register as conference delegates. (Early bird registration will open on 15 October 2020 and will be available until 31 January 2020 while general registration will close in March 2020). Please note that payment, accommodation, and travel will not be provided.
Breakout sessions topics
In relation to our SGLC 2020 theme, topics may include but are not limited to:
- Leadership for change
- Leadership strategies in an uncertain future
- What history taught us about leadership in uncertain times
- Leadership skills needed to guide in turbulent times
- Converting frustration into action
- Bringing about positive change
- How to balance Ethics, Profit, and Community
- Breaking the Mold – New Leadership Styles for a New World View
- Political Leadership
- Compassion and Pragmatism
- Current challenges that are bringing about change in an uncertain present and future (ex. The polarization of political ideologies and wealth distribution, mass bio-extinction, refugee crisis, hardening of borders, social media and the erosion of personal privacy, greater isolation, and an increase in mental ill-health)
Please complete all sections of the proposal form upon submission. We regret we cannot accept incomplete proposals. (Please note that photographs will be discarded for unsuccessful proposals)
All received proposals will be reviewed by two separate cohorts for accuracy and compliance with SGLC 2020 theme and conference aims.
A standard SGLC PowerPoint presentation will be provided to all accepted presenters.
As a student, is there any support for developing my session?
Students who are interested in presenting at the conference and would like to further develop their conference presentation skills can apply to our Mentorship Programme, which will assist students in delivering a successful and meaningful session.
The non-student submission deadline for proposal forms is Friday, December 6, 2019. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. We aim to confirm all non-student presenters by the end of January 2020, prior to early-bird registration ending.
The student submission deadline for proposal forms is Friday, February 14, 2020. We aim to confirm student presenters by February 27, 2020. Interested students are recommended to register prior to January 31, 2020 to benefit from early-bird pricing.