The World Conference is WACE’s largest event, attracting approximately 350-500 delegates (academic, corporate, student, and government) from 20-30 countries. The World Conference is quite broad in theme and attracts people from many different disciplines, types of institutional establishments, and regions. Held biennially, the World Conference offers ample Plenary Sessions, including Keynote Presentations and Panel Discussions, typically an Academic, Employer, and Student Panel. The World Conference also offers many concurrent session options, including paper presentations; refereed paper presentations; workshops; roundtable discussions; panel discussions; and poster sessions. The refereed paper tract, which was first offered by WACE at the 2009 World Conference held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, requires that the paper be blind-reviewed by two International Reviewers and undergo a rigorous evaluation; there are two types, Research & Discussion Paper. The refereed paper has now become a WACE World Conference staple, as it allows WACE conference delegates to receive more critical feedback on their work, which then improves the likelihood of the paper being accepted into a major journal (if the author choses to submit the paper).
The International Conference is WACE’s medium-size event, attracting approximately 150-250 delegates (academic, corporate, student, and government) from 15-25 countries. The International Conference is held during the years that the World Conference is not offered and has replaced what was referred to as the “Regional Conference”, which strove to target a particular region, whereas the International Conference does not. Similar to the World Conference, the International Conference also offers Plenary & Concurrent Sessions, although it may or may not offer the refereed paper option. While the World Conference is broad in theme, the International Conference is more targeted in theme, often offering themes for concurrent sessions to follow.
The International Symposium is WACE’s smallest event, attracting 75-150 delegates (academic, corporate, student, and government) from 10-20 countries. Held annually, the International Symposium is more theme-based than any of the other events and offers one particular theme around which all Plenary and Concurrent Sessions will focus (i.e. quality, assessment, best practices, etc.). Less paper presentation focused, the International Symposium features many roundtable discussions and lends itself to being more interactive that either the World or International Conference. Due to the limited delegation, there is much involvement between delegates, and outcomes are typically discussed and measured at the conclusion of the event.