With the reviews in, program planners are now entering the exciting (and intense) phase of composing panels, finding and forging coherence, and identify and label new developments in our sub-fields and groups. A wonderful process! At a later stage this is passed on to headquarters and me as overall conference planner for a grand finale of planning.
Meanwhile our theme chair, Eike Rinke (U of Leeds), is also working on composing the Open Communication theme program. We are excited that the call for the theme to reflect on, showcase, learn about, and discuss open scholarship yielded really interesting submissions. We are also thrilled that one of the keynote plenaries at the conference will be devoted to this theme, featuring stellar scholars and thinkers. The #ica20 conference theme is part of a larger conversation within the Association about open scholarship, transparency, and best practices in research.
In ongoing Task Force work we are exploring options on how to maximize the impact of the theme on the conference by having tutorials, learning labs, and roundtables, at the Gold Coast venue. I will keep you updated on that process in the next newsletter(s). If you want to read more, sites like https://osf.io and https://cos.io offer easy introductions to some of the building blocks and also tools for registering studies and finding collaborators.
In the Task Force we are also discussing how ICA, through its conference submission, the conference itself, and its journals can provide a space to think about, develop, and encourage open scholarship practices. These discussions will be part of recommendations to the ICA board in spring. This is truly exciting and will hopefully place ICA at the center of a much larger discussion in our field and beyond.