Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does my does my presentation have to be?

It is important that session time (90 minutes) is distributed equally among the session participants and that adequate time (30 minutes) is left for Q&A and audience engagement. The length of your presentation is determined by the number of participants in your session. If there are 4 presenters, each presenter should plan to present for 15 minutes. If there are 3 presenters in your session, you can plan to present for up to 20 minutes. If there are 5 presenters, each presentation should be limited to 12 minutes. Discussants should limit comments to 10 minutes. It is the chair's responsibility to hold presenters to the time limits.

2. What are the Chair's Roles and Responsibilities?

Chair's Role and Responsibilities:

Chairs are responsible for the overall planning and execution of their session and to facilitate the sessions' success.

Before the session, chairs are expected to contact any discussants to begin a conversation about shaping the session.

During the session, chairs are expected to orient the audience to the session. In addition, chairs are required to:

  1. Begin the session by introducing the participants before their presentations and provide brief introductory remarks about the subject matter,
  2. Manage the time for each presenter and discussant,
  3. Facilitate the question and answer period at the end of the session
  4. Adjourn the session in time to allow the room to be available for the next presentations.

Before the session, chairs are expected to contact any discussants to begin a conversation about shaping the session.

Discussant's Role and Responsibilities: Discussants serve as commentators on the papers presented and provide substantive points pertaining to them.

They are responsible for providing professional and constructive criticism and raising issues for broader consideration during the session as a way to connect the papers presented. A discussant may draw upon his or her expertise or views in commenting on papers or presentations.

3. What are the Discussant's Roles and Responsibilities?

Before the session, discussants are expected to:

  1. Read the papers submitted for the session
  2. Prepare analytical and/or critical commentaries on the significance and contribution of the papers, and

During the session, discussants are expected to:

  1. Serve as commentators on the papers or substantive points pertaining to them
  2. Provide comments on papers that will assist authors in moving their research forward.
  3. The discussant is expected to synthesize and summarize the studies presented focusing on the session topic, methodologies, and/or the impact of the research.
  4. The discussant is expected to raise questions and provide comments relavant to the presenters research.

4. How do I know if my session has a discussant?

  1. Search the program by your last name.
  2. Click on the title of your session.
  3. Look under session participants.
  4. If there is no one listed as discussant, then your session does not have a discussant.

5. My session has a discussant – where can I find contact information to e-mail my paper or presentation?

You have to be logged in to All-Academic to see the email address of the participants in your session.

  1. Log in to All-Academic.
  2. Search the program by your last name.
  3. Click on the title of your session.
  4. Email addresses of session participants appear next to their names.

6. When is the latest I can request changes to the program?

We will be accepting changes to the program until 11:59pm EST January 31, 2014.

7. Can I register on-site?

Yes, on-site registration is available; however, we strongly encourage presenters and non-presenters to register online.

What will happen if I do not follow these steps as a presenter?

Presenters who have not registered as CIES members by 11:59pm EST on February 3, 2014 will be removed from the conference program and will not be allowed to present.

8. I'm having trouble with registration. Who can I contact?

If you have any questions or problems with registration contact

9. What do I do if I can no longer attend the conference?

If you are a presenter, please contact the CIES Conference Planning Committee so that your paper is withdrawn from the program.

If you have already registered, cancellations must be made in writing to the Conference Planning Committee no later than Saturday February 15th, to be eligible for a refund (less a $35 cancellation fee). NO refunds will be issued after that date.

Please contact the CIES Conference Planning Committee for cancellations:

10. How do I become a member of CIES?

You can become a member of CIES by subscribing to the Comparative Education Review (

A CIES membership is based on the calendar year and /includes a subscription to the Comparative Education Review, the CIES Newsletter and also provides a discounted registration rate to attend the CIES annual conferences.

11. When and where is the 2014 conference?

CIES 2014 is being held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel March 10- 15.

12. How long should my proposal be? What information should I include in my proposal?

Proposals should be 500-750 words in length. To be considered for review, the following six elements must be addressed in the paper even if the results, conclusions, or findings are not complete or final at the time of the submission:

  1. objectives or purposes
  2. perspective or theoretical framework
  3. methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry
  4. data sources, evidence
  5. results and/or conclusions
  6. significance of the study to the field of comparative and international education

13. How do I submit a proposal?

To submit a proposal, go to All Academic's website and follow instructions on the site. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after completing the submission process. Further instructions are provided on All Academic's website.

14. Can I submit more than one proposal? Can I present more than one paper?

To promote broad participation in the meeting, individuals will be limited to submitting and presenting only one individual paper presentation. However, an individual may also serve as chair or discussant in addition to his or her presentation. In cases where an individual is participating in a group panel, that person may also present an individual paper provided that the content is substantially different.

15. When will the conference program be available?

The first draft of the conference program will be available the week of January 6. The final draft of the conference program will be available the week of February 18th.

16. When is the deadline for registration?

Online registration will close at 11:59pm EST on February 13, 2014. Non-presenting conference attendees are also encouraged to register online. On-site registration will be available.

17. If questions still remained unanswered, who can I contact?

Contact if you have additional questions or concerns about the conference.

CIES 2014 Program
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A Pre-Conference Workshop Canceled
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Onsite Registration
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New Pre-Conference Workshop Added:
Hosted by OISE,
"Learning from Ontario: Reaching for Equity and Excellence in Education". Keynote by Assistant Deputy Minister of Education, Mary Jane Gallagher. Monday, March 10, 1pm-3pm.
Conference Timeline
Pre-conference workshops
Monday March 10
Conference Opens
Tuesday March 11-15
Regular Conference Sessions
8am - 5pm each day
Wednesday ends at 6:45
Saturday at noon
Conference Program
The preliminary program is now available for searching/browsing on All Academic. Please note that this is a draft program only and therefore is subject to change. The deadline for scheduling requests was January 31st, we are unable to accommodate any additional scheduling requests.
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