Our Aims and Objectives
We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issuesFind Out More
26–28 June 2024, Hybrid at SOAS University of London
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When registering for the conference, whether face-to-face (F2F) or virtual, please state any accessibility needs/requests in the registration form, so we can follow-up and work toward making conferences more welcoming to scholars with disabilities (and host universities more aware of accessibility issues).
If you need assistance during the conference, please contact NomadIT in advance via the conference(AT)devstud.org.uk email address; during the event please come to the registration desk or NomadIT office. Our contact details are always provided in our final email to delegates prior to the conference. We will do our best to assist delegates on-site, however we may not be able to provide all services or equipment due to availability or the time required to obtain them.
If a safety or other concern arises during the conference, please inform the NomadIT team as soon as possible.
The conference venues are wheelchair accessible and equipped with signs that guide you in the right direction. Wheelchair entrances are marked with a red arrow on the campus map inside the conference programme. If there are any areas which are inaccessible we will make that clear in pre-conference communication with a view to planning how to deal with these limitations.
At each conference we will try to provide an identifiable ‘Quiet space’. Such rooms are meant for delegates requiring some peace and quiet, so please do not use them for other purposes. The Quiet space is not really intended as a place to work in, however if there is capacity and you aren’t disturbing others present, it is allowed.
This room is meant to be used by breastfeeding mothers and/or parents who need private space for taking care of toddlers/kids.
A prayer room is available.
Capacities for vision, hearing and sustained interaction in groups vary between people, and wax and wane for each of us from hour to hour and over the course of our lives. Conference participants are encouraged to follow these common accessibility guidelines, so as to make their presentation and other activities within the conference as accessible as possible. Besides ensuring all colleagues are equally supported in their desire to participate, maximizing the accessibility of presentations and discussions helps reach a wider academic audience. Recognising the diversity of experiences, we accept that you may need to interpret/ignore these guidelines, in the interest of your own health.
When registering for the conference, please state any accessibility needs/requests in the registration form, so we can follow-up and work toward making conferences more welcoming to scholars with accessibility needs (and host universities more aware of accessibility issues). If you need assistance during the conference, please contact NomadIT in advance ideally and any time during the event. Our contact details are always provided in our final email to delegates prior to the conference. We will do our best to assist delegates, however we may not be able to provide all services or equipment due to availability or the time required to obtain them. If a safety or other concern arises during the conference, please inform the NomadIT team as soon as possible.
Best practice for all virtual conference delegates
State your name and institution each time you speak. Avoid using derogatory language, which includes language expressing ableism, racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, etc. See our acceptable behaviour policy.
Best practice for convenors
Convenors can greatly influence the behaviour of panelists and help make a session as accessible as possible:
1. When beginning a session, please share the following information aloud with audience members
2. Notify participants that the session will be recorded.
3. Pause regularly to ensure all attendees have a chance to speak; check for questions in the chat.
4. Establish a procedure for turn-taking and questions at the beginning of the session, and clearly inform all participants of the procedure. Ensure this includes options that are accessible to those using captioning, translation services or screen readers.
Best practice for presenters
A presentation created with universal design principles considers a broad range of audience members, including those with varying language proficiencies, gender, racial and ethnic background, age, and disability status. Applying universal design principles can lead to a presentation that creates better comprehension, as well as better feedback and discussion. These recommendations are especially important for presentations online where the audience are utilising a range of screen sizes.
Principles for slide design
If you wish to provide digital handouts, they should be 16- to 18-point font size. Provide the URL of where a delegate could locate the handout to download it from. Feel free to add a disclaimer: “Please do not distribute without the expressed permission of the author” and include your name and contact information.