If there are 4 papers in your panel, please prepare your presentation to be 15 minutes. If there are 2 or 3 papers in the panel, your presentation should be 20 minutes.

We do not ask for full papers to be submitted; your presentation is your paper.

We will be using Zoom for all presentations, and if you wish to use presentation slides (such as PPT/PPTX or PDF) you will be using the Share Screen function.


Conference platforms

This conference will primarily use two online platforms: Zoom (Meetings), and MS Teams. Attendees do not need to purchase any license in order to use these platforms: you can access the conference supported by the University of Edinburgh’s licenses.

Zoom Meetings will be the platform for all the panels. Just like in an on-campus conference, we will have virtual rooms open in parallel. As a speaker, you will be able to share slides with the others in your session. Each session will have a chair who coordinates the panel, and a moderator who will help with the technical aspects of a session.

For security reasons, each panel will have a unique Zoom link and passcode, available to all registered participants and we will be using the Waiting Room facility that Zoom offers. The Zoom rooms are only available during each session, but you can come and go into “rooms” as you wish.

During a session, we need to be mindful of bandwidth for everyone and therefore the microphone and camera should only be activated for the speaker. For panel discussions, several speakers can have their cameras on but remember to mute the microphone when not speaking!

To learn more about Zoom and to download the free software, please visit the Zoom website. Speakers can learn how to display their presentation slides by using the Share Screen option

MS Teams will be where we can share information, and where we can connect in smaller groups – the virtual chat over a cuppa, if you will. If you want to share a reaction to someone’s presentation, you can strike up a chat with them on Teams. Online conferences are still quite new to most of us and we may need to make an extra effort to network like we would if we could meet on campus.

In Teams, you can also upload files to share with others in the conference. We encourage uploading presentation slides. Doing so means that if something is not working with your connection at the time of your presentation, we will be able to retrieve your slides to be used remotely. It is also best practice from an accessibility point of view, for example for participants with dyslexia.

To use Teams for BASAS2021 you will receive an invitation by email. If you wish to have the invitation to another email address than the one that you receive this email to, please notify us ASAP. The email address you use in the Teams environment should be one you wish to be associated with professionally.

You can read more about being our guest on Teams on the Microsoft website

Conference accessibility

To increase accessibility to the conference proceedings for participants with disabilities, speakers can share their presentation slides and/or full papers in the Teams platform. As a speaker, if another participant reaches out to you asking for your slides for this reason, please do share what you can! 

Conference Committee

The BASAS 2021 annual conference is organised by a committee of staff, PhD students and professional services colleagues from the University of Edinburgh. 

Conference Co-chairs

Dr Talat Ahmed
Dr Hugo Gorringe

Organising Committee

Helene Frossling Mattsson
Silvia Genovese
Anisha George 
Sukaina Husain 
Dr Hephzibah Israel
Prof Patricia Jeffery
Kartikeya Kumar
Isha Mangurkar
Dr Jeevan Sharma
Dr Ayaz Qureshi
Prof Wilfried Swenden

You can contact the committee by email:




We have gathered some of the most frequent questions that we are asked.

Whilst we very much hope that the pandemic will be past the worst in 2021 we have decided to plan for an online event for the following reasons. It is clear, as of now, that the pandemic has not yet reached its peak in many parts of the globe including South Asia. Simultaneously, European countries that were emerging from lockdown have experienced significant spikes in recent weeks. International travel continues to be uncertain and fraught with risk – if only that you may need to self-isolate on arrival or return.

We did not want to be in a position where we either had to cancel the event or deter delegates from particular countries from attending. We also hope to make the conference as accessible, safe and welcoming as possible to all irrespective of age, health-conditions and location. We also recognise the environmental benefits of reduced travel,

We are working with IT colleagues at the University to ensure that colleagues will be able to present their work to, and discuss it with, an audience. Talks will also be recorded and stored on a secure website for the duration of the conference to enable those who could not make the session or who experienced IT issues, to listen in at a later point. Questions will be taken in person and can be posted using the ‘chat’ function.

Whilst the informal sociality of a live event will be missing, we are aiming to maximise the opportunities for delegates to interact and engage in conversations. Delegates will be able to message each other through the conference platform – allowing people to ask follow-up questions, or connect through video-links. Time will be allocated to enable panels and/or research clusters to interact to discuss common interests.

The full registration fee is £60, and the concession fee is £30.

The concession rate applies to the unwaged, retired, researchers earning less than £18,000 gross per annum, people based in South Asia, full-time students, and graduate and early career (GEC) researchers. GEC researchers are current doctoral candidates at a recognised place of higher education, or those who completed their doctoral studies less than 3 years before the time of registering, unless the individual is already permanently employed in a full-time capacity.  

As always, you will also need BASAS membership to take part.

Papers and panels that could not be presented at BASAS2020 will be reviewed by the BASAS2021 organisers, alongside new paper and panel proposals in response to the call from Edinburgh. If you wish your original paper or panel to be considered for BASAS 2021, please let the organisers know.

Registration is now open for BASAS members. Please note that in order to register, you must receive the registration form password from BASAS.

There are a few issues that can be at play. If the problem is IT-related, it is worth trying a computer restart, testing another browser, trying from another location (or ensuring that firewall settings in your present location aren’t causing the issues), and also waiting a bit in case the server at our end is affected by something (like an upgrade). Another issue could be the passwords – please enter the BASAS password when prompted (you may be prompted more than once). The password is case sensitive, and it is best to type it in rather than paste it.

On completing the payment of the registration fee, you will receive an automatic email confirming the payment. Nearer the time of the conference, you will receive emails explaining how to access the conference, which will take place on Zoom and MS Teams.

We require all speakers to register before the end of February 2021, in order to complete and publish the detailed programme in March 2021.