Confreat 2015 Summary

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Dr Sally Jones organised and hosted the first GENSIG ‘Confreat’, on the 15th and 16th of July at Leeds University Business School. Part conference and part writing retreat, the event attracted 25 scholars from the UK and Europe.

With an emphasis on career development for doctoral and early career researchers, the confreat focused on publishing, teaching and impact and attendees’ papers were reviewed by expert and experienced gender and enterprise scholars, including Professor Susan Marlow (University of Nottingham), Professor Helle Neergaard (Aarhus University) and Dr Maura McAdam (Queens University, Belfast). All delegates received individual feedback during the confreat to help identify relevant, high-quality journals and to develop their papers for publication.

The event was a great success, with new research partnerships and ideas for impact and teaching already emerging. Professor Julia Rouse, co-chair of the Gender and Enterprise SIG, hopes this will become an annual event for GENSIG, saying “We had a rather magical couple of days watching a group of around 25 ECRs blossom as they received feedback on their work from skilled reviewers and peers. The delegates asked for regular confreats and expressed huge gratitude for the development on offer.” 

Confreat Update and ISBE 2015 Call for Abstracts 

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GEN Confreat Fully Subscribed

We’re pleased to share that ISBE has received 21 abstracts for the GEN Confreat to be held in Leeds, July 15-16. This is sure to be an excellent event for professional development and networking, and we are very much looking forward to it! 

Watch this space for more information and outputs from the event.

Call for abstracts – ISBE2015

We invite you to submit an abstract and share your research, thinking and findings at the ISBE conference in November. We welcome Academic Research Papers (either refereed or working), Practitioner Papers and Case Studies for presentation at the conference.

Abstracts can now be submitted for review by the Track Chairs and their teams. GEN is chairing the Gender Track, and we welcome everyone to join us at the conference.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words and should be submitted online using the following headings:

Objectives; Prior Work; Approach; Results; Implications; Value

Using a double blind review process, selection will be made on the abstract content and relevance to the final programme. All written papers will be included in the conference proceedings CD, made available to delegates and will be available to ISBE members via the ISBE website after the event. 

For further information on how to submit and a copy of the guidelines please click here. ISBE is using a new submission system this year; if you require any assistance, please email

Key dates & deadlines:

2nd March 2015 – Call for papers open
13th April 2015 – Deadline for submitting all abstracts
30th May 2015 – Notification to authors
13th July 2015 – Deadline for submitting full papers
13th July 2015 – Early-booking discount for registration ends
14th September 2015 – Submission of final versions of papers following reviewers’ comments. All presenting authors must be registered by this date.

11th & 12th November 2015 – ISBE 2015 Conference (with associated activities on 10th November)

We look forward to seeing you there!