I am a student of English literature.

Last week I presented my paper at a conference. It was arranged by a prestigious institution. However, they did not offer any certificate or any such documentation of participation. They don't have a website or archive. However, I do have the acceptance mail. Can I use it if the institution wants to see proof of my participation?

How do I prove my participation in the conference in my future interviews? Do all the conferences offer certificates to its presenters?

I actually don't know if institutions really ask for certificates or not. That's why I asked.

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    I never heard of certificates being offered at conferences. Also, I don't see a reason why someone would doubt your participation, provided that you do have a paper at your hands. Doesn't the conference have an official website? A registration site, sthg? Worst comes to worst you can tell interviewers (should they ask for confirmation) to call the institution?
    – cconsta1
    Apr 7 at 7:30
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    Aside from the issue of certificates and such, if there is a web page associated with the conference that has your name on it (better would be online abstracts of the talks, if they exist), then you may want to save it at the internet archive in case (as is likely 10 or 15 years from now) the web page winds up disappearing. And don't forget to keep the ULR you get by following the "Save Page Now" process. Apr 7 at 9:05
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    Check the grammar of the last sentence, please. You are a student of English literature.
    – Nobody
    Apr 7 at 11:45
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    If an institution asks you for such a certificate, you may seriously want to reconsider if you want to join it. Apr 7 at 12:24
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    @AbdullahRayhan Yes, I understand that your case is different, but I was giving a reason for conferences to give a certificate of attendance. The reimbursement is the money you get from your employing university to cover the travelling expenses to a conference. Apr 7 at 17:19

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Generally speaking, you don't need to "prove" anything. People will believe what you say unless some red-flag appears questioning your honesty.

Surely, someone knows of your participation, the person/people who invited/accepted you. If you ever need to provide some justification, then just ask the place questioning your participation to contact the conference organizers.

If the conference publishes a proceedings in any form then you may show up there, depending on the format and the nature of your participation. Talks normally do.

You can also keep any electronic records you have, emails and such.

  • I do have the acceptance mail. That will work?
    – user164929
    Apr 7 at 15:15

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