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-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.

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.

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 using the AESS listserv and at least one other venue.  The proposal should cover (in 700 words or fewer) the items below and be attached as a separate file

  1. Workshop title
  2. Length (half-day or full-day)
  3. A short summary (200 words or less) of your workshop that, if accepted, will be provided to potential workshop participants,  Please paste this in the Abstract Submission box as well as include in proposal document file upload.
  4. Proposed theme and justification
  5. An outline of goals and learning outcomes, and, if appropriate, plans for communication of results
  6. An outline of the progression of topics and types of learning activities or teaching methods
  7. A list of confirmed leaders and a sentence or two about their qualifications and proposed role  
  8. Description of target audience for workshop and methods leaders will use for recruitment of participants, beyond the AESS listserv

 

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.  If sufficient enrollment by AESS registered conference participants is not obtained, workshops may be canceled.

 

Deadline for submission: January 7, 2019

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.
  • Three to five  keywords; if your proposal is accepted, this will help ensure your presentation is placed in the appropriate thematic stream.

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019

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.
  • Three to five  keywords; if your proposal is accepted, this will help ensure your presentation is placed in the appropriate thematic stream.

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019

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 “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 (2000 characters) for each confirmed presentation; please see instructions for individual presentation abstracts above for more details.

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019

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.  Please also list three to five keywords.

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.

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019

Mealtime 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) .  Please also list three to five keywords.

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019