Can you say what needs to be said in 7 minutes?


The IFLA Information Futures Summit (IIFS) offers a stimulating programme across a variety of topics. The Summit represents a new event format for IFLA and we are keen for it to offer greater possibilities for networking and interaction and contribute to IFLA future-focused initiatives. IIFS 2024 delegates are invited to submit a proposal for a 7-minute Ignite Talk. Your session should address the future that we want, the role of information in it, and what we, as a field, can do to shape it. It is a great way for delegates to share innovative projects of international relevance.


Some suggested topics to get you started – but don’t let this list limit you!

  • AI – how is your library using AI in service delivery? How do we respond to the opportunities and understand the ethics considerations?
  • Misinformation and disinformation
  • Digital inclusion
  • Privacy
  • Decolonisation of description and collections
  • How do we define “information”?
  • Open Access
  • Cybersecurity
  • Intellectual freedom and censorship
  • Sustainable information storage
  • Future-proofing our workforce – what will be the “right” workforce for the future?
  • How do we make information inclusive and accessible for all? For example consider the needs of neurodiverse clients, or those living with dyslexia

So, come along and share your news or ideas. The more variety, the more interesting it becomes! There are several formats for these Ignite Talks sessions, you can think of Ignite Talks, TED Talks or Pecha Kucha sessions. We don’t want to limit the speakers at our Summit to any of these formats, although you are welcome to use them, the only restriction that we have is that after 7 minutes, you hand over the microphone!

There will not be simultaneous interpretation for these sessions so please bear in mind that you should keep things simple and easy for everyone to understand.

Based on the submissions, we will plan sessions made up of 3-4 presentations. Once all the presentations are done, the moderator will lead a Question and Answer session of 15 minutes maximum, before we continue to the next round of Ignite Talks.



Monday 30 September 2024 – Wednesday 2 October 2024



Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Merivale St, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


How to submit a proposal?

Fill out this online questionnaire before 22 March 2024


How to prepare for a short and sharp presentation ?


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And, of course you can of course also Google on other types of short presentations.

We look forward to receiving your proposal.