To revalue different kinds of knowledge to include knowledge produced outside of academic institutions and outside of professionalized disciplines. 

To broaden the definition of research to include artistic research, practice based research, and lived experience.

To function as a test site for preliminary research and provide a platform for experimenting with presentation formats beyond the standard lecture.

To provide a platform for people in (and outside) different disciplines to share research on similar topics.

To facilitate conversations between presenters and audiences of various backgrounds.