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PERC 2021 Session Types

Contributed Poster Sessions:

These are "standard" poster sessions like you'd see at AAPT and other conferences.

Parallel Sessions:

There are many opportunities to engage at the conference. Check out the formats, choose what suits your work best, and submit a proposal. Deadlines for contributed abstracts can be found right after parallel session descriptions below.

  • Poster Symposium: In a poster symposium (formerly known as targeted poster session), the organizer chooses a theme and invites several presenters to prepare posters on their work as it is related to the theme. Generally a poster symposium will include 3-5 posters and will include time for attendees to visit each poster as well as a closing whole-group discussion.  We also encourage organizers to be creative with both the formats and content of these types of sessions, as they may have the potential to foster more interactive dialogue and engagement.
  • Talk Symposium: In a talk symposium, the organizer chooses a theme and invites several speakers to present talks on this theme. Generally this will include 3-5 talks with or without a discussant who can lead a group discussion following the talks.  As with the poster session, organizers are encouraged to think about ways to expand beyond the “traditional” format and envision new ways, in line with the conference format, to engage participants and attendees.
  • Workshop: Workshops generally involve one or more leaders and a group of participants working on a shared task, often for the purpose of learning more about a research methodology or program.
  • Custom Format: Round Table Discussions, Interactive Poster Symposia, or Modified Poster Symposia/Workshops, as well as novel community-generated formats for breakout sessions may be proposed. To propose a custom session, please select "Custom format" and describe your session's requirements in the available fields.
  • Juried Talks: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be suspending juried talks for the 2021 PERC.

We would like to exhort all organizers, even those whose content does not explicitly address informal STEM education, to consider ways of embodying and taking advantage of this year’s PERC theme. Sessions that foster deeper community engagement, prompt novel ways of thinking about physics education research, promote a more inclusive physics education research community, etc., are strongly encouraged.

For examples of each type of session from the most recent PERC, you may wish to consult the abstracts:

Important Dates

February 19, 2021: Parallel session proposal submission opened
April 22, 2021: Parallel session proposals were due
April 23, 2021: Contributed poster abstract submission opened
June 4, 2021: Paper-eligible poster abstracts and Proceedings manuscripts were due
June 25, 2021: Non-paper eligible poster abstract submissions were due
July 2, 2021: Reviews for the PERC Proceedings were due
July 9, 2021: Video presentations for parallel sessions were due
July 12, 2021
: Print-ready files for posters were due
August 4-5, 2021: Dates of the PERC

Answers to anticipated questions

  1. What abstracts are paper-eligible?
    Contributed poster abstracts were eligible if submitted by the paper-eligible deadline. That deadline was June 4.
  2. Does my poster or breakout session have to be on the conference theme?
    No. We encourage submissions on the conference theme but any strong PER work is appropriate for the conference. In the event that there are many more submissions than slots, connection to the conference theme or PERLOC recurring strands may be a secondary selection criterion.
  3. How many proposals can I submit?
    There is no limit on proposals. Please note however that the PERC Proceedings has a limit of one paper per primary author.

Now that you know everything about 2021 PERC, check out the important dates above and, please, do not miss the deadlines.

Thank you for making this 2021 PERC happen!