Zukunft Personal Europe call for papers

Photo: Andrea Enderlein – Zukunft Personal Europe

Please raise your hand if you’ve ever felt paralyzed by a conference call for paper. When you open up the application document you are hit with the stark black Times New Roman font on a white background, bumping off any creative writing you may have felt a moment ago. It’s a daunting-enough task to create a 20-slide deck to report your monthly business metrics – never mind putting together a 600 to 1000 words topic proposal for the Zukunft Personal Europe call for papers to be competed with thousands of similar applications.

Well, there’s good news: creating a winning call for papers application for Europe’s biggest and most visited HR event of the year doesn’t have to be that disheartening. With the right content, messages and writing tips at your disposal, you could effortlessly create an engaging, convincing and winning call for papers – all without company level brainstorming sessions, reading through the latest HR publications, or hiring ghostwriters.

With the right content, messages and writing tips at your disposal, you could effortlessly create an engaging, convincing and winning call for papers. Click To Tweet

Through the following points we will walk you through all the necessary steps to put together a convincing application. When we are done you’ll know exactly from which idea you should choose from in finding the ultimate theme for your presentation, how to create compelling messages that should help you convince the exhibition jury that your topic proposal should absolutely make it to the programme of the 2018 Zukunft Personal Europe.

Ready? Let’s dive in!

Accept the guidance

This could sound elementary but make sure that you stick to all given guidelines, including the instructions of the call for papers document. Conference committees, especially in the HR sector, tend to read a lot of similar applications and do not necessarily keen in reading lengthy papers. Boil it down. With 600-1000 word limit, focus on what is absolutely paramount, avoid lengthiness and repetitions. In writing your proposal we recommend you using active voice, as often as possible.

Find your niche and know your material

Make sure that you steer your paper to address the specific topics listed in the call for papers document. In putting together the paper be as specific as possible, avoid overly complicated notions and testimonies. Be ambitious, but realistic.

Call for papers: be ambitious, but realistic! Click To Tweet

Know the audience and reverse engineer

In writing the document try to get into the head of a usual HR manager who will be visiting the exhibition. A well crafted conference call for paper answers to the following questions: what is the core problem; what are the main pain points addressed or observed through your work; what is the solution; what is the evidence; what is your solution; what is your call to action; what will be the key take-aways should someone decide to attend your presentation. With more than 450 plus presentation session cramped into 3 days the Zukunft Personal Europe is a highly competitive environment where multiple sessions happen at the same time, and the game for the attention of the 18.000 attendees will be on.


To get a feeling about how Europe’s biggest HR event is created and what are the most up-and-coming topics please watch the below video in which Christine Morgenstern, one of the main organisers of the Zukunft Personal Europe, provides some insight about 2018’s exhibition.

But, don’t worry. You got this. Keep reading, we have left the best advice for you to the end.

Be organised

Double check your document before submission and ensure that its final format is error free. The final version of your paper should not just be grammatically correct, but be continuous and read flawlessly. If you feel multiple passions while reading over the document, the call for papers committee will most likely do as well. Ask a colleague of yours to go through your paper to secure clarity.

What is the bottom line?

The selection of papers

Building on our 3 years speaking experience at the Zukunft Personal Europe, we can confidently say that, in general, the call for papers committee will assess the topic proposals along the following lines: does the topic proposal ask new questions; does it provide unique insight into one of the most trending HR topics; does the paper clearly identify the topic; does the topic proposal free of grammatical mistakes that might hint that its submitter might not be able to deliver a quality presentation.

That should be it. Don’t get derailed by crafting long narratives or subjects with which you don’t feel comfortable with speaking in front of 100 HR managers. Explain your idea as you would do it to a colleague or friend, and nothing more.

Call for papers: Explain your idea as you would do it to a colleague or friend, and nothing more. Click To Tweet

Would you like to start writing your call for papers? Download the application document by clicking here.

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