Please read carefully the below guidelines before submitting your
session proposal form

The HHR2020 will offer a total of 12 online sessions and invites its participants to chair a session at the conference. Proposals are welcome for theoretical, methodological, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist or documentary in premise and ambition and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects and should connect with the HHR2020 theme.

Sessions that embrace localisation, diversity and inclusion, wellbeing, creativity and innovation, remote people management, duty of care, digital transformation, resilience, stress and change management are particularly welcome.

Online session formats

Oral presentation: Pre-recorded video (optional) + presentation of a specific topic related to the overall theme followed by moderated discussions with a duration of 60 min. The session is structured to enable in-depth exploration of one topic and should have a moderator to steer the discussion with the audience (at least 20 minutes at the end of the session). Session proposals on similar/related topics might be considered for a grouping as determined by the HHR Steering Group.

Panel session or debate: 60-minute live discussion with a self-formed group of 2-3 panellists (including a lead panellist who serves as a moderator). In this session type, the speakers each provide a very short introduction on the topic at hand. With the help of the moderator, they then will guide an open discussion. Most of the session’s time is dedicated to an active discussion between the audience and the speakers.

Poster presentation: Live poster session in online exhibition hall*; pre-recorded video optional

Workshop are action-oriented, hands-on sessions. These sessions could take the form of a demonstration, or a participatory how-to-session. Workshops are intended to train participants and engage participants in practice. For instance, a workshop can be a tool demonstration or a short training course. Workshops will be 60 minutes.

* Businesses wishing to promote products/services must purchase a sponsorship package or exhibit booth.

New and interactive session formats are encouraged and highly welcomed.

To make sessions more interactive and have sufficient time for discussions, sessions’ organisers are invited to pre-record their presentations in advance. Attendees can view these pre-recorded sessions on their own time and submit questions before the live session.

Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted well before the deadline.

Submission guidelines

Session proposals must be submitted online on 10 August 2020 by 08:00 a.m. CEST. The submission portal will be closed at this time, and no further proposals will be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed by the HHR2020 Conference Chair and its Steering Group. Only proposals submitted through the online portal can be considered.

The HHR conferences are conducted in English. Therefore, all session proposals must be submitted in English and, if accepted, conducted in English.

To ensure broad participation in HHR2020 Online, individuals are limited to submitting one session proposal and are limited to the role of EITHER a session moderator OR a speaker. If you are selected as a session moderator, you may NOT submit a proposal to other sessions. We will also give priority to sessions where the moderator and speakers are not all male or female and include perspectives from different countries and contexts.

Each Session Chair and Speaker is expected to take care of all arrangements (quite room, stable internet connection) to participate in the conference. Session Chairs and Speakers are required to join the HHR2020 and pre-register for the conference starting in July 2019.

Session review criteria

The selection process will be rigorous as we are limited to 12 sessions. At the completion of the selection process planned for 31 August 2020, feedback will be provided to all proposals.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to create a well-balanced program. Organisers with similar proposals or themes could be introduced to each other and invited to combine sessions.

We encourage proposals that are original, engaging, significant, of high quality, clear and relevant.

Original: the proposal explores a new idea, project, or issue; discusses new research; or presents new ways of considering existing information. We encourage proposals that offer different perspectives on a topic to promote more constructive critique and debate.

Engaging: presentation format will involve the audience in some way or has high potential to attract conference attendees by addressing the needs of the community. Involve a committed and skilled moderator to guide speakers from the conception to the conclusion of the session at the conference. This includes ensuring that your session’s presentations are coherent as a whole in order to produce a session with a clear vision, successfully meeting the aims set out in the session proposal. It requires a good deal of communication with your session’s speakers in the months leading up to the conference.

Significant: the proposal raises and discusses issues important to people management, and its contents can be broadly disseminated and understood.

Supported: claims are backed by sufficient data; claims draw upon relevant literature and/or multiple perspectives; and limitations are described honestly (research papers only).

Clear: the intended outcomes of the session are easily understood. If selected, your session will be running in parallel with few others, thus you need to give participants a good reason to attend your session. Think of the purpose of your session, define your audience and what they will be getting from your session. Make your session title short and appealing and outline clear outcomes and describe session format in the session proposal form.

Relevant: the proposal addresses topics aligned with the HHR2020 theme: “Learning from COVID-19: Redesigning the future of aid work.” Strengthening our resilience through managing uncertainty. Include a complete list of speakers even if not all are confirmed at the time of your session submission.

Submit your proposal


For more information, please contact Conference Chair
Gozel Baltaeva at

Important dates

  • 30 June 2020
    Call for Sessions opens
    Early discount registration opens
  • 10 August 2020
    Deadline to submit a session proposal
  • 31 August 2020
    Session selection notification
    Early discount registration closes
  • 14 September 2020
    Revised session proposals due
    Presenter registration deadline
  • August-September 2020 (tbc)
    Facilitation online exchange between HHR SG and Session speakers and moderators
  • September – October 2020 (tbc)
    Technology check and final conference program review