Call for Proposals

Individuals or groups involved in natural and cultural resource management or conservation science or practice are encouraged to submit proposals that 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, and short courses for this year’s conference will be accepted until April 15, 2013. Decisions will be announced no later than May 15, 2013.

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 session featuring contributed papers during the three primary days of the conference. 

Workshops: Workshops are more interactive than contributed paper sessions and often have an educational component. Workshops will be scheduled on Monday, September 16, which is also Clients’ Day, and during the lunchtime breaks for each of the three primary days of the conference. 

Short Courses: Short courses are directed toward training in topics of key relevance for students or any other professionals. Short courses will be scheduled on Monday, September 16, which is also Clients’ Day.

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:

  • Scientific merit
  • Relevance to the host region
  • Relevance to the conference’s theme and interest areas
  • 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, 2013.

Financial Support

It is the responsibility of organizers of symposia, workshops, and discussion groups to obtain funding for their own expenses and those of their invited speakers or invited participants.

Guidelines for Proposal Submittal

Symposia

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.

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 communication of 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 or discussions to be scheduled on Clients’ Day (September 16) 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 or discussion-group 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 communication of results
  7. Method of selecting attendees (invited, open registration, or a combination)
  8. 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 (September 16). Short courses should be aimed at development of professional skills in topics of key relevance to the practice of conservation.

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 meeting theme
  4. Expected outcomes
  5. Space requirements
  6. Minimum and maximum number of students that can be accommodated
  7. Instructor(s) name, affiliation, and complete contact information, including email address 

**The conference organizers are unable to provide a stipend for the instructor(s). However, free meeting registration will be provided for a maximum of two instructors per course.

Proposal Submission 

Please send the proposal information requested for a symposium, workshop, or short course to Biennial.Conference@nau.edu no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.