Call for Abstracts for Confreat




Call for Abstracts for Confreat,  11th– 13th July 2018, Aarhus University, Denmark

**Deadline for abstracts extended to 16th February 2018**

ECSB in collaboration with ISBE invites both new and more established scholars to attend a forthcoming ‘Confreat’ (conference/retreat) on 11th to 13th of July 2018 at the Aarhus University, Denmark.

The primary focus of this event is to support participants in the development of their working papers for a conference or journal publication. This will mainly take place through feedback on papers and guidance from a prestigious team of established entrepreneurship academics, with both qualitative and quantitative research backgrounds. During the two-day event, participants will:

  • Receive personalised feedback and guidance on their working papers.
  • Reflect upon the theoretical contributions of their research in the area of gender and enterprise.
  • Engage with a unique network of gender and entrepreneurship scholars.

The idea for a confreat emerged from a desire to provide a unique space where the rigour of an academic conference was combined with the supportive and encouraging aspects of a retreat environment. This experience is designed to sharpen your paper-writing skills and help you to develop both academically and professionally. Earlier confreats have received an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees who found them “energising”, “inspirational”, “motivating” and “essential”.  We were really pleased to be able to develop, not only the attendees’ papers but also their networks and collaborative opportunities. This confreat has been designed to support the development of full papers for those aiming to submit to the ECSB RENT Conference and/or Gender Track of the ISBE conference in 2018. 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 24 attendees. We are particularly interested in applications from Early Career Researchers (five years or fewer post-PhD), PhD students, and/or academics who wish to build on their current publication trajectory (i.e. aim for higher-ranked journals) in the area of gender and entrepreneurship.

Submitting your abstract: This process involves submission of an extended research abstract. There are no restrictions on the topic areas for the papers, which can relate to any aspect of gender and entrepreneurship/small business. The abstracts will be blind-reviewed by members of the organising committee.

Compulsory Abstract Format (1,000 words maximum). Please note that if you do not meet this format you will automatically be rejected. Abstract needs to include:

Objectives: e.g.  What are the aims of your research? What did you want to find out? Why is this important?

Prior Work: e.g. What previous research has been done on this topic? What are the gaps your work addresses?

Approach: e.g. How did you conduct your research? What methodology and methods did you employ? How did you analyse your data?

Findings/Results: e.g. What did you find out?

Implications: e.g. What does this mean for practice, policy and/ or theory?

Value: e.g. How can others use your research? What is your contribution to theory, practice and/or policy?

Submitting the full paper: Successful candidates will be invited to submit a full paper of approximately 7,000 words by 1st June 2018. 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/conference submission. Attendees will also be required to offer peer reviews on a small number of papers.

Key dates:

1st February 2018 – Abstract submission deadline.
1st March 2018 – Successful applicants will be notified and invited to submit full papers. They will also receive initial feedback to support full paper development. Registration opens.
31st March 2018 – Registration closes.
1st June 2018 – Full paper submission deadline.
11th -13th July 2018 – Confreat

Fee (inc all meals and networking dinner on 11th July)

ECSB/ISBE Members:

  • Standard fee – 1300 DK (approx. £155)
  • Early Career – 850 DK (approx. £100)


  • Standard fee – 1500 DK (approx. £180)
  • Early Career- 1000 DK (approx.. £120)

PhD students – 700 DK (appox. £83)

The Venue

It is really easy to travel to Aarhus (European Capital of Culture 2017) with Ryan Air direct from Stanstead or from other regional airports (via Copenhagen). Here are also details of really reasonably priced accommodation in the centre of Aarhus CABINN at

Please submit your abstract to Professor Helle Neergaard ( by 16th February 2018.


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