Conference Programme Formats

A variety of programme formats will be adopted for the 24th IAPTC Annual Conference.

They are designed to maximise the opportunities for conference delegates to network, broaden contact and discussions; and to share ideas, experiences, good practices and lessons learned; so that they may leave the conference better placed to contribute to more effective peace operations and crisis situations.

Plenary Sessions

Plenary Sessions will open with a speaker who will set the scene for the day’s programme. The speakers are well respected and world class.

Knowledge Cafes

This is an interactive event designed to promote continuous improvement in the design and delivery of peacekeeping training based on current and emerging research on how people learn best. It will offer practical activities, exercises and strategies that delegates can take back and implement in their working environments.

All delegates will rotate through a series of knowledge cafes that will stimulate the passion for improving the delivery of training.

Panel Presentations

Panel Presentations will involve 2 – 4 speakers from different backgrounds, usually one each from the military, police, and civilian institutions. Each presenter will speak for 15-20 minutes on a specific topic.

Panel Presentations are chaired by a moderator who is a subject matter expert. The moderator liaises with the panelists to ensure the individual presentations remain on topic and are cohesive.

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions are similar to Panel Presentations with the addition of a Q&A session between the panel and conference delegates. Panel Discussions are chaired by a moderator who facilitates the Q&A and summarises the session.

The Exhibition

The Exhibition (commonly known within the IAPTC community as ‘The Ideas Bazaar’) is where participating institutions have an opportunity to present innovative and new approaches to training, including promotion of their specific programmes.

The format has been changed so that there is more time for exhibitors and attendees to network.


Workshops may follow a Plenary Session, Panel Presentation, or a Panel Discussion. Workshops vary in length between 30 minutes and 1 hour and provide the opportunity for delegates to engage in activities that develop practical skills, grow deep knowledge, and share ideas and experiences.

Workshops are managed by one or more facilitators, who also capture the key outcomes from the workshop.

Functional Sessions

Provision is made in the programme for function-specific (e.g. military, police, and civilian institutions) meetings and discussions on topics of interest to the functional groups. These sessions will be led by each IAPTC Executive Committee Functional Chair, who will facilitate networking and discussions.