Proposal Descriptions and Guidelines

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Workshops

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.  

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-Sat 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.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Individual presentation and posters

Abstracts should describe the research or innovation concisely in 300 words or less and be written for a broad, multidisciplinary audience. Please keep technical language to a minimum.

Abstracts should include:

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Please also include 3-5 keywords; if your proposal is accepted, this will help ensure your presentation is placed in the appropriate thematic panel

Submission deadline extended thru February 1, 2018

Notification in March

Proposals submitted by the January 15 deadline will be given priority consideration and a guaranteed decision by March 4, 2018.

Full panel sessions

A summary abstract for the session should give a brief description and justification of the session in the “abstract” 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 for each confirmed presentation; please see instructions for individual presentation abstracts for more details.

Submission deadline extended thru February 1, 2018

Notification in March

Proposals submitted by the January 15 deadline will be given priority consideration and a guaranteed decision by March 4, 2018.

Discussion symposia

Abstracts should give a brief description, including how the session will be structured, and justification of the session. 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 for each discussant but should include names, affiliations and email for each discussant.

Submission deadline extended thru February 1, 2018

Notification in March

Proposals submitted by the January 15 deadline will be given priority consideration and a guaranteed decision by March 4, 2018.

Workshop

Proposals should contain sufficient detail to justify the length of time participants will commit to this session.  The proposal should cover (in 700 words or fewer):

  1. Workshop title
  2. Length (half-day or full-day)
  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 in 
  7. A short summary (200 words or less) of your workshop that, if accepted, will be provided to potential workshop participants

 

To assist with the review process, we ask that you number each section of your proposal according to the instructions above.

 

NOTE: Although no abstract is required of individual workshop presenters, all workshop leaders must register by the conference’s early registration deadline or the workshop may be canceled. Workshop leaders (up to 2 per workshop) will not be charged a registration fee for workshops he/she facilitates.

Submission Deadline: January 7, 2018

Decision Notification: by January 21, 2018

Mealtime Roundtable

Description of the discussion topic, including: a brief background; central idea for discussion; and relevance to the AESS community.

Submission deadline extended thru February 1, 2018

Notification in March

Proposals submitted by the January 15 deadline will be given priority consideration and a guaranteed decision by March 4, 2018.