MW2010 offers a number of different formats for presentation and discussion.
- Papers in Sessions
- In this traditional conference presentation format, thematic groups of three or four papers are presented in a set time slot, moderated by a chairperson. Written papers are required. Speakers present their salient contributions in approximately 20 minutes, and the chair facilitates a question period. Papers are reviewed individually; proposals for entire sessions are seldom accepted.
- In this less formal presentation format, individual museum professionals demonstrate their work in an exhibit hall environment. Similar to 'poster sessions' found at other conferences, Demonstrations allow for hands-on interaction with applications and one-to-one conversation about their development. Demonstrations are limited to museum and non-profit staff only; no commercial or consulting participation is permitted. Commercial participation is encouraged in the Exhibit Hall. Written papers are not required, but may be submitted by the deadline and according to the Guidelines.
- For this innovative presentation format a time and space is set aside for the exchange of ideas – often creative or artistic – in a less structured, more interactive manner. Presenters are in charge of designing the interaction and facilitating it. Written papers are encouraged.
- Interactions: Mini-Workshops
- With a time-slot slightly longer than a formal paper, a mini-workshop allows for the presentation of a practical skill, and the development of a discussion with the audience about its execution. Written papers are required.
- Interactions: Professional Forum
- In this discussion based format, a time and space are set aside for the exploration of issues and developments facing the profession. The Convener, who proposes the forum, presents the issue, and facilitates the discussion. Written position papers are encouraged. Recording discussions in the on-line community is required.
- Un-conference Sessions
- New in 2009 – and very popular – we'll be setting aside some time on the first afternoon to focus on breaking news and issues. Breakout sessions are 'pitched' in a plenary session. Delegates choose sessions they would like to participate in. Bring your best ideas and participate.
- Pre-Conference Workshops
- In this traditional conference presentation format, small groups gather for a full or half day before the formal MW conference, to develop new skills. Workshop presenters are experienced professionals with valuable insights to share. Proposals should include a syllabus, and an outline of the learning objectives for attendees. Workshop instructors are compensated according to a standard scale.
Companies active in the field are encouraged to participate in the Exhibit Hall. Individual professionals may propose papers, but these may not focus on a commercial product.
Paper Submission and Presentation
All speakers at MW2010 must submit written papers by January 31, 2010. Papers must be submitted according to the Guidelines for MW2010 Papers. Speakers who do not submit their paper in the appropriate format, by the deadline, will forfeit their place on the program.
Speakers are urged to consult the Guidelines for Speakers when preparing their presentations.