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Conference Volunteers

WISERD is looking for conference volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of our annual conference. Tasks include: registration, making delegate packs, luggage/ cloakroom duties, directing delegates around the event, holding the microphone in Q&A sessions, aiding with the set up of breakout rooms and helping delegates get to and from networking events.

Each volunteer will get free conference registration as well as the opportunity to see and discuss the latest research and network with leading researchers, policy makers and practitioners, while also contributing to the success of this annual event.

Volunteers are expected to attend the conference and to work for 6-8 hours during the event. Before the event starts the hours which you will be required to work will be specified. No special skills or experience are necessary, however some familiarity with audio/visual equipment, or office equipment may be helpful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be a conference volunteer?

Any full time student may become a conference volunteer at the WISERD 2016 Conference. Each student will be asked to supply a referee (this is usually a PhD tutor). 

When are conference volunteers needed?

Conference activities will start on Wednesday 13th July 2016 through until 17.00 on Thursday 14th July 2016. Conference volunteers are expected to arrive at the conference on the morning of the 13th July 2016 for a morning meeting before the conference starts. 

What do I get as a conference volunteer?

The conference provides conference volunteers with:

  • Registration to the conference including track sessions, workshops and plenary sessions.
  • Admission to the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening
  • Lunch on each of the days you are working
  • Opportunity to enter the competitions aimed at PhD students 

What don't I get as a conference volunteer?

There are some important considerations for you to be aware of:

  • Conference volunteers are responsible for their own travel & accommodation expenses
  • Evening meals will not be provided for by WISERD
  • The volunteer package does not include the Conference Dinner unless you have been specifically asked to work for this part of the event

What kind of work will I do as a volunteer?

A variety of volunteer tasks are required and we make our best effort to provide each conference volunteer with a variety of duties. Many of the tasks are administrative and include: registration; workshop support; helping delegates find their way around the venue and liaising with speakers. 

Why would I want to volunteer?

Most volunteers are expected to work approximately 6-8 hours in total. The rest of the time is available to attend track or plenary sessions or to network with the other delegates. 

Do I have to be there for the whole conference to be a volunteer?

Although we ask you to be available to work for the full period of the conference (13th to 14th July 2016) volunteers are only expected to do short hours of work during the day, giving you lots of free time during the day / evening to take advantage of the conference. Should you wish to attend certain sessions please indicate this. 

How do I apply?

If you would like to apply to be a conference volunteer please download the conference volunteer form (available here) and complete and return it to Sarah Creed ( via email, before the 10th June 2016.