Proposal Descriptions and Guidelines

Now accepting proposals though Feb 21st for our 2022 event.

Open a downloadable copy of the 2022 proposal submission guidelines or view them below.

Individual papers, panels, workshops accepted through February 21, 2022.

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 2022, workshops will be 1-3 hours and available to any conference registrant.

Posters

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. There will be opportunities for attendees to interact with presenters during designated time periods.

Panel

presentation panel proposal must have a partial (at least 2) or full set (3-4) of participants. ALL participants must submit a proposal referencing the panel title. 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. Panels will organize if they wish to create any pre-conference viewing material to share with attendees (optional).

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.

Individual

An individual paper proposal is appropriate for those wishing to share the results of research or pedagogical or program innovations. Presentations will be grouped into themed panels by the Program Chair and assigned a session moderator. See also Areas of Emphasis.

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 Mon-Weds 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 2022

In addition to general submissions for the 2022 event, AESS is seeking presentations that specifically relate to several areas of emphasis. When submitting a proposal, select the area of emphasis, if applicable.

Advocacy, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Futures

Does your work focus on advocacy, achieving outcomes, or on policy at any phase of its process? Does it incorporate sustainable transitions, decision-making, or threats to democracy? This theme, broadly conceived, connects the ways environmental issues connect to advocacy, policy, civic engagement, and the co-creation of sustainable futures.

Increasingly, “justice” is a central theme of discussions in environmental studies and science spanning social and ecological systems. Addressing the complex impacts and inequities associated with our decisions and actions requires dynamic and multi-faceted approaches that consider a broad range of perspectives and needs that may be difficult to uncover. Presentations in this area might relate, for example, to climate, energy access and distribution, food systems, sustainable development, teaching and curriculum, environmental ethics, and pollution; or, presentations might be wider in reach considering how “justice” might be achieved when social or environmental goals conflict.

How do individuals, communities, organizations, and governments respond to the immediate and long-term threats of climate change? How can we avoid or reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce their concentration in the atmosphere, or apply geoengineering solutions? We welcome presentations related to these questions or those that address, for example, data and science of climate change that influence responses, issues of scientific uncertainty, communication, climate anxiety, resilience, vulnerability, policy- and decision-making, and community engagement.

Teaching is a central focus for so many of us in the AESS community! This area of emphasis aims to provide a forum for thoughtful discussions related to how we, as educators, approach teaching – from basic or applied science, to humanities, to social science to teaching that spans across these seemingly disparate education lenses. As a few examples, presentations might include: pedagogical research; case studies of teaching; evidence-based approaches; curriculum for undergraduate, graduate, or certificate programs; engaged learning or innovative teaching strategies; current challenges or struggles; perceived opportunities in environmental education; and models for teaching Senior Capstones.

Much of our lives over the past two years has been shifted to online platforms; we’ve struggled through political, social, and economic turmoil; we’ve faced new concerns about public health and individual well-being; and the impacts of climate change are increasingly realized. Environmental studies and sciences can at once feel kindred and yet distinct, incongruous and yet like two sides of the same coin. This area of emphasis aims to identify and foster community-building within ESS – and beyond! – and to build (or re-build) partnerships and collaborations within AESS. Presentations and sessions in this area might include: mentoring; professional development opportunities; programs or support for burgeoning scholars and practitioners; research on environmental community-building, collaborations, and the co-production of knowledge; and anything else that helps to create a sense of belonging among conference participants and the broader AESS and ESS communities.

Are you conducting environmental research that doesn’t fit neatly into one of the above areas? A key mission of the AESS annual conference is to provide a space to share and discuss cutting-edge research findings across both the social and natural sciences. From hard science research that measures or models the impacts of climate change, to interdisciplinary research in wildlife conservation strategies, to environmental economics or policy research, there is an audience eager to learn about your work!

Do you have an idea for an innovative or unique presentation or session? We encourage any submissions that would be relevant to AESS Conference participants!

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: February 21, 2022

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: February 21, 2022

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: February 21, 2022

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 (75-120 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 Wednesday 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: Feb 14, 2022

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 2022. 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

Mealtime Roundtables

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: Feb 14, 2022