All posts by Darina Slattery

30 Jan 2018

Writing your Abstract

Abstracts serve an important purpose in published papers: they give readers a quick way to determine whether they should keep reading by providing a snapshot of the document’s relevance and key conclusions. When written for a proposed paper or presentation, a solid abstract serves a similar purpose, by persuading the reviewer of the relevance of the topic to the conference theme, the rigour of research method, and in turn, the credibility of (pending) results.

For the ProComm 2018 conference the style and depth of your extended abstract may differ with your desired paper format. We’re encouraging submissions of varying length: brief papers of 3-5 pages for works in progress and early stage research, and full length papers of 6-8 pages for advanced research, including professional and teaching practice that has been well tested and studied. An extended abstract of 700 words maximum is required for both these paper types, but also comprises a final stage submission format in and of itself. For those interested in presenting without writing a paper for publication, the extended abstract serves as your final paper submission for the conference.

Given its longer format and potential as a standalone paper, the extended abstract provides more room for detail than a conventional abstract. This additional space may present a challenge when presenting early research or more mature projects: in the first case, it may be difficult to provide sufficient detail and specificity in an evolving project; in the second, it may be tempting to write with less concision and clarity. Here we’ll consider what to include for a successful abstract at any stage of your project.

Guidelines for Writing your Abstract

(Article by Lydia Wilkinson)

24 Nov 2017

A City of Proud Neighbourhoods

Toronto is a city of proud neighbourhoods.

I have lived in three of Canada’s greatest cities. I grew up in Montreal, lived for twenty-five years in Vancouver and now I live – and love living – in Toronto. Montreal is one of the most exciting cities in the world, a uniquely French twist on the multi-ethnic mix that is characteristic of urban Canada. Here “pasta” is “pâtes” and you can get a “sandwich au boeuf fumée kacher” to go along with your poutine (which is not kosher at all). Vancouver is beautiful. Period. One of the most stunning cities you will ever see.

Toronto can be quite exciting. It is certainly one of the most multi-ethnic cities in the world, but really to me what characterizes Toronto is its essential hominess. This is a place where people live and work. Sure, you might be irritably brushed aside if you are standing on the left side of an escalator (stand right, walk left is the rule on subway escalators where people are hurrying to work or appointments), but you might equally see a dad in a three piece suit sitting on the sidewalk outside a Pizza Pizza, having lunch with his two small children.

Another characteristic of Toronto that I really love is our pride in our own neighbourhood. Anyone you meet will tell you their’s is the best neighbourhood in the world, whether it is Greektown on the Danforth, the “Annex” just west of the University of Toronto, hipster Queen West or young urban family oriented Lesleyville.

The last is, of course, the best. (You can guess where I live). You could visit it on one of the myriad of neighbourhood walking tours offered in the city. In a recent one, visitors were invited to explore Ed’s Real Scoop, our neighbourhood ice cream store. The ice cream and cones are made right there. It is worth the TTC ride, believe me. We usually have a few pints in our freezer.

(Article by Peter Weiss)