(POSTED OCTOBER 28, 2014) — The deadline for submitting proposals was October 1. Thanks to everyone who sent in proposals!)
Want to share your work, your insights, your passion at GWS2015? We look forward to getting a proposal from you! To submit one, follow these steps:
The deadline for proposals is October 1, 2014.
Step 1: Learn about our new results-focused conference framework.
Past GWS conferences asked potential attendees to submit proposals according to format. For example, if you wanted to organize a Panel Discussion, you filled out a form for a panel discussion. There was little emphasis on what the sessions or presentations themselves were trying to achieve, and no easy way for attendees to extract that information from abstracts. For GWS2015, we are moving to a conference framework that focuses on results: proposals are classified according to what they are trying to accomplish.
You can make proposals in three categories: Sessions, Papers, and Posters/Exhibits.
Sessions are 2-hour blocks of time that you organize in order to achieve a specific outcome. There are five types:
You can organize these sessions in several formats, which are explained on the abstract submission form (see links at the bottom of this page).
Papers are 20-minute oral presentations, usually (but not necessarily) accompanied by PowerPoint slides. If accepted for the conference, Papers are grouped together by the Conference Committee according to topic to make up a 2-hour session. There are four types of papers:
Posters and Exhibits are visual presentations that are available for viewing through the conference. There are four types, which are the same as for Papers, described above.
Step 2: Learn about how the Conference Committee selects proposals and puts together the conference program.
The conference is organized by a Conference Committee convened by the George Wright Society. The Committee organizes Plenary Sessions and Focus Sessions, but all the remaining conference sessions are drawn from proposals you submit. The Committee typically sifts through hundreds of abstracts. In selecting proposals, the Committee looks at several factors:
To facilitate the participation of as many people as possible, the Conference Committee asks that individuals propose to take part in no more than two sessions in any capacity as a presenter. We also cannot accept abstracts in more than one format (e.g., proposing a paper and then submitting the same abstract as a poster).
Also, the Conference Committee discourages proposals for entire sessions that focus on a single park unless the proposal explicitly describes how the information presented will be relevant to other areas. As noted above, Papers, Posters, and Exhibits may focus on a single park.
Step 3. Find out about our registration policies.
GWS aims to provide value for money by charging reasonable registration fees commensurate with the expenses of putting on a professional conference. To make these conferences possible, everyone who participates, in any capacity, has to register. Registration fee options are explained here.
Are you proposing a session? If so, keep in mind that people whom you invite to present papers, serve as panelists, or otherwise take part in your session must register — even if they are coming to participate only in your session. It is your responsibility as session organizer to ensure that your invited participants will pay their own way, or else you must cover their registration fees for them.
Step 4: Decide which format best suits your needs; then, complete the proper abstract form and submit your proposal.
The table below shows, in the lefthand column, the different options for making a proposal; format choices are in red. (Click here for a description of each format.) A green "OK" in the cell means that you can propose a session/presentation in that format; a blacked-out cell means that format is not allowed.
Once you have decided what kind of session/presentation to propose, and in which format, click the blue links in the lefthand column to go to the proper abstract submission form.
(The deadline for proposals has passed, so all the links in the table below have been deactivated.)