The University of The West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

call for proposals

Call for proposals
The Mixed Methods International Research Association - Caribbean Chapter (MMIRACC), in collaboration with the UWI Schools of Education, Salises, Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business, Schools of Nursing, Centre for Language Learning, Faculty of Medical Sciences,  and UWI Mona Governance Society are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for its third regional conference. The conference will be held March 26-28th, 2019 at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. 
Following the conference theme of Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Research Approaches: Tensions, Challenges and Opportunities, we invite a call for proposals to participate in a number of ways:

  1. Oral presentation
  2. Poster presentation
  3. Round table discussions
  4. Symposium debates
  5. Workshops

Each of these is described in further detail below. Please follow guidelines carefully to ensure the best chances for the acceptance of your proposal. You may apply for one or more of these options and each application will be considered separately. The proposal must use or plan to use mixed methods approaches. In all cases, identifying the study as mixed methods and justifying the choices made therein are important considerations of acceptance. Proposals from all disciplines, including multidisciplinary areas are encouraged.
Please submit one BLIND abstract as well as one with title and authors and author affiliation.
Please send proposals to
Extended deadline date for abstracts 
Monday November 19th 2018.
Last chance to send in your abstracts!!

Responses to your proposals will be sent no later than November 30, 2018

You must register for the conference to participate as a presenter. 
Details of registration, conference schedules, accommodation and places to visit are available on this website. 
Thanks in advance for your interest in this conference. We look forward to hearing from you.
Oral paper submission guidelines 
Oral paper session is the standard presentation format. Oral presentations are generally organised by stream into parallel sessions. It will consist of three or four presentations in a 90 minute session. You are expected to present your paper within 15 minutes including question time. The session will be divided equally between the presenters. Each presenter will be expected to have the presentation slides in Microsoft PowerPoint saved in CD or USB.
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and must include:
• Research Objectives
• Methodology
• Findings and Results
• Research Outcomes
• Future Scope
• 3 to 5 Key Words
• Relevant and complete title
• Full Names, Affiliations, Emails of author(s)
The 'Acceptance/ Invitation Letter' for the conference is provided on the basis of the review of submitted 'Abstract'. The review of submitted abstract is based on:
• Match to conference theme
• Completeness of Abstract
Round table submission

  1. A proposal for a round table should consist of an abstract of no more than 300 words and an extended summary of 500 words maximum.
  2. Each round table session will consist of 2 or 3 conceptually linked projects. At the conference, each presenter has 5 minutes to introduce his/her project and raise 1 or 2 questions. Twenty five minutes are intended for discussion.
  3. Presenters should prepare handouts for interested participants but no PowerPoint presentation. Handouts should not be too lengthy. Persons should be able to read handouts in 1 or 2 minutes. Perhaps 10 to 20 copies will be a safe number to print.
  4. Format for handout: ISO A4, one-sided
  5. Title: should be short but informative summary of the round table presentation
  6. Authors: the name of the presenter should be listed first along with affiliation and contact information
  7. Problem statement: the key issues you wish to present. Certain illustrations, graphs or numbers may be added to clarify issues at hand
  8. Round table questions: 1 or 2 specific questions (germane to the study). You want to share with the audience issues you may have.

Poster submission guidelines
Poster sessions are 90-minutes interactive sessions that provide an alternative to other presentation formats for single authors or groups of co-authors. Poster sessions allow presenters to use graphical summaries of research undertaken that are informative and easy to understand, and which are elaborated during an informal narration, discussion and exchange of information between conference attendees and presenters on a one-on-one basis. Accepted submissions will be grouped into appropriate themes for presentation.
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and must include:

  1. Problem Statement
  2. Purpose Statement or Objectives
  3. Methods
  4. Findings and Results
  5. Conclusions and Recommendations
  6. Key Words.

Printed posters should measure 36” by 24”, and may be presented in portrait or landscape. Single authors are limited to presenting ONE poster. Multiple authors may present up to THREE posters. Presenters will be provided the following material for displaying their posters: easel, poster display board, push pins, tape …..
Presenters may prepare 8.5” by 11” handouts for disseminating to attendees.
Symposium proposal submission guidelines 
Symposia allow for a group of presenters to speak around a core issue. Symposia are 90 minutes sessions with 4 presenters (15 minutes each), one discussant (10 minutes), and a chair. 20 minutes of this session are earmarked for open discussions.  
For this conference, the expectations are for persons to submit abstracts that offer varied or multiple perspectives on a central issue and that offer discussions on the implications of these within the framework of mixed methodology research. The proposals\abstracts should have the capacity to generate discussions, questions, and new ideas related to the design, execution and analysis of mixed methodology. Symposia proposals therefore should include a 500 word abstract which addresses the following:

  1. the objective(s)
  2. rationale\purpose
  3. central focus
  4. modes of inquiry
  5. significance
  6. implications

Symposia proposals should also identify:

  1. the title of the symposium
  2. the list of presenters
  3. the title of the presentation for each presenter with the name, affiliation and email addresses for each author
  4. a 50 word-biography for each presenter 
  5. a discussant-Name and affiliation 
  6. a chair-Name and affiliation

Workshop proposal submission guidelines 
In keeping with the theme of the conference, workshop proposals are invited that seek to

  1. Foster deeper understanding of integration of qualitative and quantitative approaches in mixed research studies
  2. Focus on a specific area of mixed methods such as the research questions, literature review, data collection, data analyses, integration issues in each of these phases
  3. Deepen understanding of writing mixed methods research proposals
  4. Enhance understanding of mixed methods course development
  5. Attend to issues related to publications in mixed methods and other peer-reviewed journals
  6. Other relevant areas

The aim of the workshop is for knowledge building, knowledge transfer and knowledge deepening among M.Phil./Ph.D. and other postgraduate students and researchers in general.
Abstracts can be approximately 600 words and specifically address the following:

  1. Focus of workshop
  2. Expected outcomes
  3. Number of facilitators
  4. Intended target group
  5. Number of workshop participants
  6. Workshop facilitation strategies
  7. Support materials (to be provided by the workshop facilitator)
  8. Technical requirements to facilitate workshop such as special equipment etc.
  9. Time required (such as 2 or 3 hours)

Please accompany each submission with a  brief biography of each facilitator.
Please note that workshop facilitators may be considered for reimbursement of three (3)  nights stay at the University Inn and Conference or alternative venue, on a first come first serve basis.