Earlier this year I was invited to join the planning group for the LIS Research Coalition‘s conference on Evidence, Value and Impact: the LIS Research Landscape in 2010 which will be held at the British Library on 28 June 2010.

This one-day conference will consider perspectives on the library and information science research landscape with reference to: identifying LIS research opportunities; translating research outcomes into practice; growing research capacity amongst LIS professionals and developing the future UK LIS research agenda (note, incidentally, that bookings for the event close on Friday 18 June).

One feature of the conference will be the One minute madness. As described on the Web site “One minute madness sessions give conference participants the chance to present their ideas to their peers in an informal and fun way. This type of session often allows presenters to put across a core idea much more successfully than is the case when presenting a full conference paper“.

This is an approach which was used in July 2009 at a JISC projects start-up meeting which adopted a30-second version of the format. Videos of the performances are available on YouTube which  include:

Chris Awre’s Introduction to the JISC CLIF project is particularly impressive, featuring some impressive juggling in addition to a focussed summary of the Content Lifecycle Integration Framework project.  If you have 34 seconds to spare you may wish to view the video:


Hmm, quite a challenge. I wonder what topic I should choose for my contribution to the one-minute madness – and whether I should be brave enough to follow Chris’s lead and try to multitask during those sixty seconds?

Has anyone seen such One-minute madness themselves and have any thoughts on how well they work?