Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Just gone on line

This complete timetable permits a first look at the actual substance of 8th World Conductive Education Congress to be held in Munich this October.
  • Those undecided whether or not to go may find it easier now to make up their minds – one way or the other
  • Those already booked to go can start looking out for those awkward conference dilemmas when everything that looks really important is happening at exactly the same time at distantly removed partsof the site
  • Everyone can make a first analysis of the contents, form a personal view of what it all seems to amout to, what direction it at points in, etc...
Enjoy that first look...


  1. I know you talked about it before but 15 minutes doesn't seem like a lot of time and there 0 handover time - how do they deal with people going slightly over time? Does the microphone get turned off?

    Just don't see how you an properly explore any subject in 15 minutes.

  2. Ben, I know that you can explore a subject in 15 minutes, and in a lot less time too. Enough can be said to arouse the interest of the audience, enough for them to wish to discover more by asking questions at the time and reading and researching later.

    I know this because I went to a wonderful afternoon of talks by neurologists and psychologists at the local hospital a few years ago and they all did it wonderfully. I plan to use a similar method in one of my presentations.

    This is a paragraph from the blog that I wrote in 2011 describing the method that they used –

    ‘Pecha Kucha
    The afternoon had been organised using a method from Japan called Pecha Kucha. Each speaker had twenty slides; each slide was up on the screen for just twenty seconds. It was so easy for them to time their speech to the slides and in not one of the fifteen cases was the gong needed. This meant that there was plenty of time for the discussion at the end of each session and time to get a drink too.

    We could perhaps learn something from this for future conductive congresses.’

    You can read more here –


    In Hong Kong, three years ago, the speaking time was much less than it will be in Munich, I think it was ten minutes, with a session for questions at the end. Yes, there was a gong but most speakers were well-disciplined and timed their material to stop before it sounded. When this was not the case the people who were moderating the sessions needed to be very tough doing the job that they are there for. I remember a couple of people who did this job extremely well.

    In the Munich programme there are some sessions with question time at the end but other presenters will have to include time in their presentation for questions. I, and I expect others too, will have to do this anyway despite there being a programmed space for questions after the session — I will have to rush off to the next hall immediately that I have spoken to be where I am needed at a workshop.

    Thank you for reminding me about this old posting of mine, I will repost it on my blog as it appears to be very topical at the moment.

  3. Ill-disciplined people who over-run and moderators who permit this are a menace. The best way that Have seen (and heard) for dealing with this was somewhere in Europe, I can't remember where, some twenty years ago. If a speaker went on beyond the allotted time loud, martial music was turned on and the audience clapped offenders off the stage in time with it, to jeers and cheers, great fun.

    That's a great way to deal with a specific problem arising but the difficulties are really systemic, on a variety of dimensions such as the purpose of the given conference, the nature of its topics, and the relative sophistication of the people involved, on such as which which the Congress in question may be considered mixed.

    Thank you Ben and Susie for responding to this here. I wish that such matters would be more widely discussed. I shall post this conversation here to WC8's Facebook page though doubt that much interest will be shown.

    Granting the mixed situation likely to be met in Munich I agree 100% with the both you. The problem is that given the mix there can be no single satisfactory prescription of solution.

    There are very elaborate ways of dealing with this, such as having all of every paper published in full on the conference website in advance of the actual event, visible to everyone who has registered. Come the day then anyone with a serious interest will have read this, examined the data etc., and perhaps formulated a comment or further contribution. The fifteen minutes can then be profitably utilised with informed, critical discussion. There are doubtless presentations proposed for Munich that would benefit from this approach. There are doubtless others that for a variety of reasons would not.

    The old system, pre-electronic, in education and psychology anyway, tended to be that presentation times were longer,and that serious presenters would bring with them a sheaf of photocopies of the paper as a whole to hand out to those in the audience who would like them. The 15 minutes could serve as a taster, but discussion would be less informed (with inevitably too much 'You can see that in the complete paper').

    In my own 15-minute slots I shall give my headline ideas and suggest that those with a serious interest await the full story in published form, as I did last time:


    And maybe a wholly different approach needs to be taken to demonstrations and descriptions of conductive life and practice, better suited to what is being conveyed and to the needs of presenters and audience than can be provided under the inappropriate rubric of 'scientific'. I doubt, however, that serious review of structure of these events can be separate from serious view of their function and purpose.

    Susie's suggestion reminds that there are some ingenious solutions out there waiting to be tried.

    If there is to be a ninth World Congress...