Design, Sessions & Conference Schedule

Program Design Features

ELLTA envisages conferences as spaces for meaningful interactions and networking (as means to engage with the community of scholars). This is the most critical, significant and valued aspect of the conference, and adds a lot of value to the whole experience.

Keeping in view the high significance and value that ELLTA attaches to such interactions, the programme design offers a variety of innovative sessions that are interactive and provide social spaces for talk, networking, socializing, discussing, debating, extending ideas, synthesizing, meeting up with people you want to meet, etcetera. The examples and details follow.


A Knowledge Café is an exciting, open space for extending interactions and discussions. These are initiative driven conversations among the conference delegates during conference days. The Morning Tea (designed for this purpose) is one venue during the conference where you can use your time more meaningfully to interact with others. For creating other slots, you have need to identify the thematic interest for the meet-up and a space for interactions, which will help others to join in.

The Knowledge Café as a protected space and time provision has been created with a special aim to provide an opportunity to Consultants, Educators, Scholars, Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Professors, Writers, Business/ Corporate Leaders, and many others to do some of the following:

  • Talk around a book authored by you
  • Conversations with X (You take consent of the respective scholar and then invite others who may also wish to join this conversation)
  • Idea based (You have an exciting project/ collaborative paper etc., and you announce it to others so that you can find interested, relevant collaborators)
  • Interest/ Issues Based (Some aspects of life interest you more than others, or you are bothered by certain issues and want to seek the opinion of others)

As a consequence, we see a lot of collaborative ventures inspired by these seeds of conversations planted during the café talk.

Note: Please do remember that you will have to project your interests/ expertise/ work effectively so as to attract the other conference delegates.


This is a new feature of the conference. In consultation with the Journal Editors (Editors-in-Chief) joining the conference this year, their preferred time for individual/ small group meetings will be announced. Given the emphasis on publications, the purpose of these sessions is to provide more individualized attention to potential authors keen to publish their papers in peer-reviewed, indexed journals. This session is in addition to the Editors’ Workshop Series that is also being organized.


A wide range of workshops have been planned for the conference. The purpose of these workshops is both, to a) improve the practice of researching, writing and publishing, and b) enhance the capacity of professionals working in the domains of leadership, learning and social enterprise. The conference will be offering two kinds of workshops:

  1. Designed Workshops Series (3 hrs)
  2. Delegates’ Workshops Series (1.5 hrs)

Note: The conference delegates will have to send in their EOI in advance to reserve their place at the workshop.

Designed Workshops Series

The Designed Workshops are dedicated sessions that are pitched at a strategic level led by known experts in the field. These sessions have been planned to meet the conference agenda – i.e. to develop comprehensive insights in relation to the key themes of the conference. Within this series also, two kinds of workshops have been planned. These include:

  1. Editors Workshop Series (Workshops offered by Editors/ Editors-in-Chief) of international journals
  2. Workshops on Collaborative Research/ Projects
  3. Thematic Workshops


Given the added emphasis of this year’s conference, we have organized dedicated workshop sessions at the conference that will be led by the Journal Editors/ Editors-in-Chief (including Scopus/ ISI indexed journals) on the respective theme of the journals and insights regarding how to publish your paper in such journals. See one example below.


Knowledge Generation (research), Knowledge Dissemination (conferences, seminars, publications, etc.) and Knowledge Networking are among the core purposes and business of ELLTA. Research is, therefore, at the heart of ELLTA’s work – i.e. promoting research in the Asian region, identifying future directions for research, capacity building for research, and inspiring research collaboration in Asia. Therefore, this session has been thoughtfully designed to serve as a space to inspire possibilities of collaborative research and/ or development projects, and facilitate this process. Collaboration could be of various kinds; for instance, collaboration across countries, disciplines/ fields, and/ or sites (settings/ sectors). The format of such collaboration will be announced soon.


These are theme-based workshops which takes up important conference themes. A large number of the workshops will take up advice on ‘enhancing the publishability of the paper’ as an important theme to be addressed. See one example below.

Delegates Workshops

The Delegates’ Workshops are the workshops proposed by the conference delegates in response to conference call for proposals. These are offered based on a rigorous review of the workshop proposal submitted by the conference delegates.


Story-telling is deeply embedded in the Asian cultures. The conference, therefore, weaves this into the programme design by creating a special session which would allow story-telling by the conference delegates. We intend to video record the stories that are shared so that these can be made accessible as a valuable knowledge artifact – i.e. in form of a Video Book. The stories could be, for instance, about:

  • Social Entrepreneurship – some examples
  • Learning Innovations in Asia
  • Leadership Excellence in Asia
  • Sustainability and Sustainable Development in Asia
  • Others.


These are moderated sessions of one-and-a-half hours’ duration around the selected themes. The sessions intend to maximize interactions among the speakers, and between speakers and the audience. Two kinds of Roundtable Sessions have been organized for the conference. These are:

  1. Keynote Speakers Roundtable
  2. Ambassadors Roundtable

Keynote Speakers Roundtable
Duration: 1.5 hours

This is an innovative session of the conference where, as opposed to the traditional model of solo/ individual keynote sessions, there will instead be a roundtable session of keynote speakers on selected theme/ topic. Each moderated session will include 2 to 3 Keynote Speakers, where each speaker will have 15-20 minutes to share their thoughts on the topic, which will be followed by 15 minutes of discussion among the speakers. The audience will join in the moderated discussion during the last 30 minutes of the session, where they will interact through asking questions and/ or sharing their thoughts/ insights.

Ambassadors Roundtable
Duration: 1.5 hours

This is strategically a very significant session, as it addresses the very theme that is at the heart of ELLTA – i.e. promoting intercultural understanding and insights to bring more peace and harmony in the region. The session invites Ambassadors of representative countries across various regions to share their insights on fostering intercultural harmony – they are rightly placed to comment on this very theme. This moderated session will include 5 to 7 Ambassadors, where each speaker will have 5-7 minutes to share their thoughts on the topic, which will be followed by 15-20 minutes of discussion among the speakers. The audience will join in the moderated discussion during the last 30 minutes of the session, where they will interact through asking questions and/ or sharing their thoughts/ insights.

Duration: 1.5 hrs

Symposium provides a unique opportunity to allow presentations of multiple perspectives and experiences on a particular topic/ theme. It is 90-minute moderated session, and limited to 5 – 6 presentations (max., including the Session Moderator/ Chair). Each individual presentation, linked to the main theme, could be of 5-7 minutes max., depending on the number of presenters), followed by interactive discussion and question-answer session by the audience. See one example below.


Education and travel are so integrally linked that the significance of such integration does not require any further emphasis. Thailand is beautiful, and travelling together would be an exciting and fun-filled opportunity to learn more about each other, about each other’s perspectives, ideas and theories while touring together.


The word is an integrated form of ‘Connect’ and ‘Innovation’, coined to underline the spirit of the conference – i.e. connecting with each other innovatively (which is reflected in other such places created within the conference). Connectovation is the very first session of the conference. This will be a welcome session (welcome by everyone to everyone). It includes:

  • Get-together of Conference Delegates
  • Meeting and Greetings
  • Welcome Tea
  • Photo sessions for social media (and for gathering sweet memories, of course)
  • Registrations

Duration: 1.5 hrs

Interactive Panels on different themes have been organized. The moderated panel of experts (around 4) will engage in interactive conversations and discussions with each other and with the participants. The Panel Speakers are expected to kick start conversations on the identified themes (through 5-7 minutes talk on selected theme) and generate useful debates and discussions through raising critical questions. These discussions and debates will be extended through active engagement and participation of the audience facilitated by the Moderator. The panel speakers are experts in their field and can, therefore, pitch the discourse at a strategic/ macro/ global level.

The Panel Speakers and Moderator will have an opportunity (negotiated) to synthesize the discussions in form of a more accessible scholarly/ intellectual artifact.


The individual paper presentations have been re-designed as Theme-based Discussions. This is a space where participants can engage in focused, meaningful and deeper discussions on the identified thematic areas, based on their oral paper presentations.

Two kinds of formats are available:

  1. Theme Based Sessions for Publish-ability (TBSP)
  2. Theme Based Sessions in Traditional Format (TBTF)

Theme Based Sessions for Publish-ability (TBSP)

Though similar in structure and format, these sessions are different from the traditional paper presentation format in the sense that the main focus of feedback and discussion on the papers is to enhance their potential for publication. Presenters will have more responsibility to present their paper in such a way that the audience and the Session/ Stream Chair can provide more meaningful feedback. Each paper presenter will have 15-20 minutes for paper presentation, followed by some more presentations consecutively. And, instead of question-answer session at the end of each paper, the floor will be opened after these presentations for discussion on the potential for publishability of the paper, and how this can be enhanced. Each group will be chaired and facilitated by Publications Experts in the identified areas (potentially, Journal Editors).

Theme Based Sessions in Traditional Format (TBTF)

The theme-based discussions would start around some key questions within the specific thematic areas. The impetus and trigger would be provided by the individual paper presentations. However, in place of the regular format of 30 minutes allocation for one paper, which includes presentation followed by question-answers (20+10), each paper presenter will have 15-20 minutes for paper presentation followed by some more presentations consecutively. And, instead of question-answer session at the end of each paper, the floor will be opened after these presentations for discussion (moving from specific to general). Each group will be chaired and facilitated by experts in the identified areas.


This is an event worth waiting for! A ‘Cultural Evening’ has been planned in honor of the Conference Delegates that have gathered from different countries across the globe – representing a variety of diverse cultures, norms and traditions.


This is a proposed plan for the conference. Some changes may take place.

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