Proposal Descriptions and Guidelines

We are currently accepting proposals for our June 2021 event.

Open a downloadable copy of the 2021 proposal submission guidelines or scroll to view them below.

Individual papers, panels, roundtables accepted through March 22

Posters accepted on a rolling basis through May

Workshops

Professional Development Workshops differ from symposia and panels in having a formal educational or professional development component that involves clear goals and learning outcomes as well as appropriate teaching methods. Content may include presentations, discussions, exercises, formal training, assigned pre-conference readings, or other methods of promoting heuristic goals. In 2021, workshops will be 60 or 120 minutes and available to any conference registrant.

Individual

An individual paper proposal is appropriate for those wishing to share the results of research or pedagogical or program innovations. Poster presentations are designed for the presentation of research or pedagogical or program innovations in a less formal and more interactive way than a formal panel.  Effective posters focus on the main points of the research (the question, key findings, basic methodology); the main value of the session is the dialog between presenter and session attendees.  Presenters should be prepared to be present for the whole 90-min session.

Panel

presentation panel proposal must have a partial (at least 2) or full set (3-4) of participants. We particularly encourage sessions that include multiple disciplines, professions, and perspectives.  Presentation panels are designed for presentation of research or other scholarly AESS-related endeavors. When filled, they consist of 3-4 presenters who are each allotted approximately 20-30 minutes (including presentation and discussion).

Roundtables

Mealtime roundtables are designed to foster informal discussion around a topic of general and collective interest to the AESS community. Roundtables are scheduled during breakfast and lunch on Thursday, at a designated location in the conference dining venue. Because of the time limits associated with mealtimes, all roundtables will be one hour in length (however, they may continue formally or informally beyond the designated roundtable period).

Discussion Symposia

Discussion symposia are designed for focused discussion on important questions of interest to the AESS membership.  Playing off the original ancient Greek symposia, the emphasis is on in-depth intellectual exchange. Opening remarks are appropriate but it is not expected that participants will deliver a formal presentation. Discussion symposia are 1.5 hours in length, and will take place on Thurs-Fri in parallel with presentation panels and other sessions.  Discussion symposia consist of up to 4 participants and must be fully organized in advance. In only rare cases will the Program Committee add a member to a symposium.

Areas of Emphasis for 2021

In addition to general submissions for the 2021 event, AESS is seeking presentations that specifically relate to several areas of emphasis. When submitting a proposal, select the area of emphasis, if applicable.

Areas of Emphasis for 2021

In addition to general submissions for the 2021 event, AESS is seeking presentations that specifically relate to several areas of emphasis. When submitting a proposal, select the area of emphasis, if applicable.

Conference Proposal Guidelines

General note for all submissions

Abstracts should describe the research or innovation concisely and be written for a broad, multidisciplinary audience. Please keep technical language to a minimum

Individual Presentations

Abstracts should be 300 words (2000 characters) or less and include a:

  • Brief overview of the topic background
  • Specification of content type (e.g. empirical research results, theoretical contribution, project description, pedagogical experiment, presentation of artistic work, personal or institutional experience, etc.)
  • Statement of content, including presentation purpose
    • Provide sufficient information that we can judge the quality of your proposal and its relevance to the conference audience
    • For example, research results might include focal question, method, results and conclusion; pedagogical experiment might include description of experiment, outcomes and lessons learned; presentation of artistic work might include creation of the work, presentation to the public and potential impact; etc.

Deadline for submission: March 22, 2021

Posters

Abstracts should be 300 words (2000 characters) or less and include a:

  • Brief overview of the topic background
  • Specification of content type (e.g. empirical research results, theoretical contribution, project description, pedagogical experiment, presentation of artistic work, personal or institutional experience, etc.)
  • Statement of content, including presentation purpose
    • Provide sufficient information that we can judge the quality of your proposal and its relevance to the conference audience
    • For example, research results might include focal question, method, results and conclusion; pedagogical experiment might include description of experiment, outcomes and lessons learned; presentation of artistic work might include creation of the work, presentation to the public and potential impact; etc.

Deadline for submission: Rolling through May

Full Panel Sessions

A proposal for a full panel session should be a summary abstract which gives a brief description and justification of the session in 300 words or less (2000 characters)  in the text box. This might include applicability to the conference theme, contribution to your field, connection to the mission and goals of AESS and the broader environmental studies and sciences community, and/or scholarly and professional merit.

In the “additional abstracts” text box, please include an abstract (with presentation title and author) of no more than 300 words (2000 characters) for each confirmed presentation; please see instructions for individual presentation abstracts above for more details.

 

Deadline for submission: March 22, 2021

Discussion Symposia

A proposal for a discussion symposium should be an abstract  which gives a brief description, including how the session will be structured, and justification of the session, in 300 words or less (2000 characters). This might include applicability to the conference theme, contribution to your field, connection to the mission and goals of AESS and the broader environmental studies and sciences community, and/or scholarly and professional merit.

The abstract for a discussion symposium need not include individual abstracts or biographies for each discussant but should include names, affiliations and email for each discussant. List these as co-presenters.

Deadline for submission: March 22, 2021

Roundtable

A mealtime roundtable proposal should be an abstract containing a description of the discussion topic, including: a brief background to the discussion topic, the central idea for discussion,and its relevance to the AESS community, in 300 words or less (2000 characters). 

Deadline for submission: March 22, 2021

Workshops

Proposals should contain sufficient detail to justify the length of time participants will commit to this session. We expect leaders of accepted workshops to actively promote their sessions in advance of the registration deadline. The proposal should cover (in 700 words or fewer) the items below.

  1. Workshop title
  2. Length (55 or 110 minutes)
  3. Proposed theme and justification
  4. An outline of goals and learning outcomes, and, if appropriate, plans for communication of results
  5. An outline of the progression of topics and types of learning activities or teaching methods
  6. A list of confirmed leaders and a sentence or two about their qualifications and proposed role  (you may also list these names under the co-presenter option)
  7. Description of target audience for workshop and methods leaders will use for recruitment of participants, beyond the AESS listserv

NOTE 1 : Workshops will be offered Monday through Thursday of the conference and require attendees to select their intent to attend during online registration. Workshop facilitators will receive a roster for their session and can request one from events@aessonline.org at anytime. We ask all workshop leaders to register by the conference’s early registration deadline or the workshop may be canceled.

 

Deadline for submission: March 22, 2021

The following workshop topics were suggestions gleaned from a survey to the AESS community at-large. We encourage potential submitters to review for proposal ideas for 2021. Click each category for suggested details.

Administration

Ideas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • student scholarships/funding
  • program management
  • effective social media strategies
  • engaging alumni/donors
  • anti-coporatization
  • program design
  • sustainability programs
  • faculty to admin transition

Advancement

Ideas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • T&P standards, strategies, and planning
  • challenges of interdisciplinarity for T&P
  • academic freedom
  • non-academic careers
  • post-tenure engagement (especially admin)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Ideas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • decolonizing / diversifying syllabi
  • AESS membership
  • anti-racism work
  • hiring
  • bias training
  • classes, searches, retention, promotion
  • teaching to 1st gen

Partnership

Ideas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • community engagement
  • town / gown
  • citizen science
  • networking
  • cross-campus collaborations

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Ideas include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • innovation/high impact
    • project-based learning
    • active learning models
    • field based classes
    • online/hybrid formats
  • STEM
  • methods
  • psycho-social resilience
  • teaching hope
  • difficult discussion
  • neurodiversity/anxiety
  • research-teaching nexus
  • syllabus writing
  • ESS learning outcomes
  • campus sustainability
  • campus activism

Professional Development

Ideas include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • leading edge information
  • job market skills
  • citizenship beyond profession

Publishing

Ideas include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • publishing with students (undergrad)
  • book publication
  • co-authorship guidance

Research

Ideas include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • interdisciplinary research teams