IPA-2020 Presentations

Overview and Guidelines


The main theme of the conference is Building Resilience through Play. The conference outlines five sub-themes, including:

  1. For Children in Difficult Circumstances
  2. In Child Friendly Cities and Communities
  3. In Education and Early Childhood Development
  4. Using Technology
  5. With the Support of Adults who Support Play

Participants are encouraged to present in one or two sub-themes. The conference welcomes seven types of presentations:

  1. Paper/Oral
  2. Poster
  3. Panel Discussion
  4. Round Table
  5. Workshops
  6. Facilitated Play Sessions
  7. Wild card

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  1. A maximum of two paper/oral submissions total across the four sub-themes can be submitted by the same individual. This means, for each conference sub-theme, a participant can submit only one abstract.
  2. When submitting two abstracts under separate sub-themes, please ensure that the abstracts are different.
  3. Participants are required to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words.
  4. Please use the ‘Abstract Submission Form’ to submit the abstract (scroll down on the page).
  5. Participants whose oral presentations are not accepted will also be given the option to prepare a poster as an alternative.
  6. Individual participants can however be part of workshops, round tables and wild card entries in addition to their paper and poster presentations.

Guidelines for presentation submissions:

  1. Presenters should not read their papers, but present main points and end up with some discussion points about the (identified) sub-theme.
  2. Visuals using Powerpoint or KeyNote may support the Paper/Oral Presentation.
  3. Please note that the maximum time for each Paper/Oral Presentation is 60 to 75 minutes (exact duration to be confirmed in the final program).
  4. A maximum of four presentations (10-15 minutes/presentation depending on the number of papers in a session) will be allowed in a session, with a total of 15 minutes left for discussion at the end. 
  1. Poster size must be 24”x36” (landscape orientation)
  2. Please note that participants displaying posters will need to display the posters on Day One of the conference.
  3. Participants are requested to be present next to their respective posters every day of the conference during the tea/coffee breaks in the morning half of the programme.
  1. Panel discussion is a group of presenters discussing a specific topic under the identified sub-theme.
  2. These will be facilitated sessions, format at the discretion of the organizer(s).
  3. Visuals using Powerpoint or KeyNote may support the Panel Discussion.
  4. Please note that the maximum time for each Panel Discussion is 60 to 75 minutes (exact duration to be confirmed in the final program).
  1. Facilitated session involving both small and large group discussion on a priority or emerging issue related to a conference theme.
  2. Please note that the maximum time for each Round Table Discussion is 60 to 75 minutes (exact duration to be confirmed in the final program).
  1. Hands-On workshops by one facilitator or a group of facilitators are welcome.
  2. Workshops are meant to be designed for no more than 20 participants all of whom will need to be registered for the conference.
  3. Please note that each workshop is allotted 2 to 2.5 hours (exact duration to be confirmed in the final program). Workshop facilitators are requested to design the workshop program within the scheduled time.
  4. All materials required for the workshop should be brought by the workshop facilitators.
  1. This is a unique offering of this conference in place of a half-day play day as in previous IPA conferences. This conference will allocate 1.5 hours on most days in the late afternoon/early evening for playworker facilitated play sessions for different groups of children at the conference. This will be a live demonstration of playwork in action and a meaningful way for children to participate in the conference.
  2. Participants can submit proposals under this category and specify which age groups they would like to work with, group size etc. We want to invite children from local schools, childcare institutions, children in difficult circumstances on different days of the conference.
  3. The conference will have pop-up play spaces at the heart of the venue as well as in streets outside the venue.
  1. Carrying forward the legacy of the previous IPA conference, this is an open ended opportunity to participants.
  2. Participants can propose any unique presentation or session idea, including participatory presentations, film screening, theatre with children, offsite playwork training to teachers and ECCE workers, indoor or outdoor installations demonstrating ideas of child friendly space design, demonstrations, performances, non-commercial exhibitions, ‘unconference’ or ‘open space’ events, speed-geeking sessions, battle of ideas (debate) panels, fishbowl events, or ideas for ‘playbreaks’ involving attendees and/or the public.
  3. We encourage participants to submit their ideas, including what they would need in terms of time, people and space, and we’ll see how best to accommodate the request.