ICMA Research Symposium for Pracademics and Students

Back again for the ICMA Conference in San Antonio!

Sunday, October 22
10 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

The goals of this event are to:

  • Increase practitioner-academic dialogue about research needs in the profession;
  • Provide an opportunity and platform for professors and graduate students to present papers and research, seek feedback, and engage with practitioners;
  • Provide a venue for academic members and non-members of ICMA to present at a national conference of peers and practitioners.

Please see details in the final program for a list of presentations and presenters, and page 20 of the preliminary program.


Guidelines for Speakers and Participants

  1. Involve managers as commentators who are familiar with the issue/topic being presented by the academic or who have a vested interest in the topic. We would need ABGE help in either attending these presentations, or helping to recruit members to drop in.
  2. If interested, academic presenters should provide the manager-commentator with an advance copy of their research presentation (two weeks before the ICMA conference)
  3. The commentators should offer suggestions for additional research questions that should be considered that address the issues that managers must deal with.
  4. Post-presentation, engage the manager-commentator, audience, and academic presenter in a dialogue on the research topic and how the study can be adapted to meet the manager's needs.
  5. All presentations should strive to be “TED-like” and no longer than 10 minutes; 15 max, with 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. Or 20 total minutes per presenter. 
  6. Ideally, also throw in a TED-style mindbender from the academic community’s perspective!
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