Conference Programme Formats

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

They were 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 left the conference better placed to contribute to more effective peace operations and crisis situations.

Plenary Sessions

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

Knowledge Cafes

This was 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 offered practical activities, exercises and strategies that delegates could take back and implement in their working environments.

All delegates rotated through a series of knowledge cafes that stimulated the passion for improving the delivery of training.

Panel Presentations

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

Panel Presentations were chaired by a moderator was a subject matter expert. The moderator liaised with the panelists to ensure the individual presentations remained on topic and were cohesive.

Panel Discussions

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

The Exhibition

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

The format was changed from previous years, so that there was more time for exhibitors and attendees to network.


Workshops occasionally followed a Plenary Session, Panel Presentation, or a Panel Discussion. Workshops varied in length between 30 minutes and 1 hour and provided the opportunity for delegates to engage in activities that developed practical skills, grew deep knowledge, and shared ideas and experiences.

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

Functional Sessions

Provision was 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 were led by each IAPTC Executive Committee Functional Chair, who facilitated networking and discussions.