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!

Abstract Call for Submissions – 2 Weeks Left – GEN Confreat!

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Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July 2015, Leeds, UK

The Gender and Entrepreneurship Network – a Special Interest Group of the Institute Small Business & Entrepreneurship (ISBE) – invites new and more established gender and entrepreneurship scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat). The primary focus is to help participants to develop a working paper for a conference or journal publication through support, feedback and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. To do so, participants will engage with contemporary perspectives on gender and entrepreneurship as well as explore the possibilities for impact from their research.

The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire expressed by our network for a unique space where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. Over the two days, you will discuss your work in-depth with other scholars in the field, be introduced to cutting-edge research in critical gender studies and entrepreneurship education, and learn how to develop and convey research impact. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally.

This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the Gender Track of the ISBE conference in November 2015. However, participants are welcome to submit any paper on which they are currently working, either for a conference or journal submission.

Who should attend?
In order to provide quality feedback and a valuable experience this event will be limited to 30 attendees, and selection will be through a competitive application process. This process involves submission of an extended research abstract (1,000 words maximum) which will be reviewed by the organisers. Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full paper of approximately 7,000 words. Each paper will be reviewed by a senior academic in the field who will offer individual feedback to the author regarding how to develop their work towards journal submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews upon a small number of papers.

We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (<5 years post PhD) and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-rated journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship. Papers must be empirical with the methodological stance clearly defined within the abstract. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business management.


Monday 2nd March 2015 Abstract submission deadline. Please note, due to tight timelines and limited numbers there will be no extensions granted for abstract submissions
Monday 9th March 2015 Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit full papers
Monday 1st June 2015 Full paper submission deadline
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th July 2015 Confreat

Full programme details will be sent to successful applicants on acceptance.

As we intend this to be an intensive and collaborative experience for participants, with opportunities to network and share knowledge and experiences throughout the two days, we encourage attendees to continue their discussions and paper development planning and build networks throughout the two days. The fee therefore includes accommodation (bed & breakfast) and an evening dinner. However, a limited number of places will be available for those wishing to organise their own accommodation.

ISBE Members – £300
Non-members – £325
Early Career (ISBE member) – £200
Early Career (non-member) – £225
PhD students – £200

Registration for this event will be restricted to accepted authors.

For further information and to submit an abstract please click here.