What is a peer conference?

The Peer Conference Model
Roundtable Discussions
Peer Sessions



The Peer Conference Model

Traditional conferences rely on either spontaneous interaction or social events such as dinners/mixers to act as indirect networking. The ANZMET conference model facilitates active networking and develops community-awareness. ANZMET offers a unique environment where all participants are individually and openly acknowledged with equal opportunity.

The conference is designed as a community-owned event. It’s aim is to provide a supportive framework for (1) the delivery of critical updates in the field (traditional presentations), (2) an open-forum format for rich discourse and discussion (peer-sessions), (3) community-building through transparent identification of skill sets and collaboration opportunities (round-table discussion) and the tailored and vital exposure of young scientists to the wider research community (Rapid-fire postgraduate presentation sessions). 

Roundtable Discussion

On the first day of the conference, all attendees join together in a facilitated roundtable discussion. This is designed to get the creativity flowing, gathering a rich stew of ideas, themes, desires and questions bubbling in people’s minds! The roundtable provides an opportunity early in the conference to discover other attendees with similar interests and relevant experience. This sessions helps to determine the Peer Session topics.

Peer Sessions

Peer sessions are informal, topical, focussed sessions facilitated by attendees which are interactive (projectors, LCD-screens, flip charts and/or whiteboards will be available for each session) and friendly environments with a flat hierarchy to provide a rich interpersonal process for open debate, discussion, answers to pressing questions and the development of ideas.

The ANZMET conference is community-owned, and participants will set the agenda of peer sessions. At the roundtable discussion, attendees create a list of Peer Session topics and conference organizers find attendees qualified to lead popular discussions. This process will allow the conference to meet the expressed needs of participants, and helps attendees to get to know each other through informal discussion.

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The Peer Conference Model is attributed to the innovations put forth by Dr. Adrian Segar (http://www.conferencesthatwork.com)