Call for Proposals

Individuals or groups involved in natural and cultural resource management or conservation science or practice are encouraged to submit proposals for symposia, workshops, short courses, and field trips. Proposals must demonstrate an alignment with the conference’s theme and interest areas, including (1) management of natural and cultural resources, (2) regional research, (3) policy, (4) education, and (5) conservation science and management.

Proposals for symposia, workshops, short courses, and field trips for this year’s conference will be accepted until April 17, 2017. Decisions will be announced no later than May 1, 2017.

Proposal categories

Symposia: Unlike contributed paper sessions, the symposia program is constructed in a top-down fashion with speakers and specific topics chosen by the symposia organizer(s). Symposia are scheduled concurrently with sessions featuring contributed papers during the three primary days of the conference (Tuesday, September 12, through Thursday, September 14, 2017).

Workshops: Workshops are more interactive than contributed paper sessions and often have an educational component. Workshops will be scheduled on Monday, September 11, Clients’ Day, and during the lunchtime breaks for each of the three primary days of the conference. 

Short Courses: Short courses are intended to provide training in areas of key relevance for both students and professionals. Short courses will be scheduled on Monday, September 11, which is also Clients’ Day.

Field Trips: Field trips are invited that provide participants the opportunity to learn about an ongoing research site or demonstration project, existing or emerging resource issue, or some topic related to the conference’s theme and interest areas. Field trips will be scheduled on Monday, September 11, which is also Clients’ Day, or Thursday, September 14.

Selection criteria 

Proposals will be evaluated by at least two reviewers. To increase the probability that your proposal will be selected for presentation, please consider the following criteria carefully:

  • Relevance to the conference’s theme and interest areas
  • Relevance to the Southwest
  • Scientific merit or contribution to the field
  • Financial support for speaker attendance at the meeting (external support or self-funded participants)
  • Novelty of the topic (not covered at the past three biennial conferences)

Registration deadline

All organizers of accepted proposals and their invited speakers and attendees must register by the early deadline, July 31, 2017. Registering on or before the deadline allows organizers to confirm your participation and finalize the program.

Financial support

It is the responsibility of organizers of symposia, workshops, and short courses to obtain funding for their own expenses and those of their invited speakers.Proposals will be accepted for two-hour (up to 8 presentations) or four-hour (up to 16 presentations) symposia to be scheduled during the three primary days of the conference.

Submission guidelines

Symposia 

Presentation length must be in multiples of 15 minutes (e.g., 15 minutes or 30 minutes), so that the timing of symposium presentations can be coordinated with contributed paper sessions. The last 15 minutes of the symposium may be left open for discussion, thereby reducing the number of presentations by one.

The total length of the proposal may not exceed 1,200 words. Please provide the following information:

  1. Symposium title
  2. Length (two or four hours)
  3. Proposed theme and justification
  4. Expected outcomes and, if appropriate, plans for communicating the results
  5. Whether any necessary funding for organizer and speaker expenses has been secured
  6. A tentative list of speakers, presentation titles, and whether each speaker has agreed to participate
  7. Organizer(s) name, affiliation, and complete contact information, including email address

Workshops

Proposals will be accepted for workshops, which can include discussion groups, to be scheduled on Clients’ Day (Monday, September 11) or during lunchtime breaks during the three primary days of the conference. Workshops scheduled to take place on Clients’ Day may be proposed for up to 8 hours. Lunch sessions may be a proposed for a maximum of 1.5 hours.

The total length of the proposal may not exceed 1,200 words. Please provide the following information:

  1. Workshop title (please specify whether workshop or discussion group)
  2. Maximum number of participants that can be accommodated
  3. Length and preferred position in program (Clients’ Day or lunch)
  4. Format of workshop or discussion and any special requirements (e.g., audiovisual equipment)
  5. Proposed theme and justification
  6. Expected outcomes and, if appropriate, plans for communicating the results
  7. Method of selecting attendees (invited, open registration, or a combination)
  8. Cost, if any
  9. Organizer(s) name, affiliation, and complete contact information, including email address

Short courses

Proposals will be accepted for short courses of up to 8 hours to be scheduled on Clients’ Day (Monday, September 11). Short courses should be designed to develop professional skills in relevant areas.

The total length of the proposal may not exceed 1,200 words. Please provide the following information:

  1. Short course title
  2. Whether any special instructional or audiovisual equipment beyond that which the instructor(s) will provide is needed
  3. Description of the course content and explanation of how it relates to the conference’s theme or topics
  4. Expected outcomes
  5. Space requirements
  6. Minimum and maximum number of students that can be accommodated
  7. Cost, if any
  8. Instructor(s) name, affiliation, and complete contact information, including email address

Field trips

Proposals will be accepted for full-day or half-day field trips to take place on Monday, September 11 (Clients' Day), or Thursday, September 14.

The total length of the proposal may not exceed 1,200 words. Please provide the following information:

  1. Field trip title
  2. Description of the field trip and explanation of how it relates to the conference’s theme or topics
  3. Special requirements (e.g., will box lunches be needed, 4-wheel drive vehicles)
  4. Transportation requirements
  5. Minimum and maximum number of participants that can be accommodated
  6. Cost
  7. Organizer(s) name, affiliation, and complete contact information, including email address 

Proposal questions and submission

If you have questions, please contact the conference's coordinator, Lara Schmit, at Lara.Schmit@nau.edu or (928) 523-0683. Please send the proposal information requested for a symposium, workshop, short course, or field trip to Biennial.Conference@nau.edu no later than Monday, April 17, 2017.