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Call for Proposals

The general call for session proposals is now closed.
Poster session proposals are being accepted through September 15, 2014.  Follow this link to submit your proposed poster.

The Program Committee invites you to submit a proposal to present at the Workshop. Conference organizers are especially interested in outcome-based sessions and symposia that will result in products such as white papers, summary reports, or recommendations from the session. The program emphasizes lessons learned and best practices in every aspect of Large Landscape Conservation start-up, implementation, management, and assessment. The Program Committee is especially interested in soliciting proposals for symposia, panels, and presentations related to the following thematic topics:

Topics/Themes

Managing Projects for Successful Outcomes: Linking science and management to better address conservation needs, role of private lands, non-profits, business sector, linking local needs with broader regional and landscape interests, and skills needed to successfully manage projects. Sessions or presentations addressing mitigation at the landscape scale are highly sought for this track.

Measuring Outcomes and Evaluating Performance: How to better define, quantify, measure, and express the social, ecological, and economic benefits of large landscape conservation.

Water Conservation and Water Management: Water quality and quantity issues, impacts on rare and endangered species, gulf hypoxia, ecological flows, and landscape scale water quality and quantity monitoring.

Conservation Innovation in Science, Decision Support, and Information Management for Landscape Scale Conservation: Tools, new approaches, innovation, landscape conservation design, and communicating useful science.

Starting up and Sustaining Large Landscape Conservation Projects: Defining operational boundaries, governance and relationships with agencies, organizations and landowners, and funding and support strategies. Of special interest are sessions/presentations that explore advanced technologies and innovative financing tools, including those that establish valuation/markets for ecosystem services, which will dramatically advance the practice of large landscape conservation.

Climate Change and Climate Smart Conservation Strategies: Incorporating climate change analysis and other tools, including sea level rise modeling, in landscape conservation planning, and developing adaptation strategies to achieve environmental resiliency and sustainability.

Metropolitan/Urban and Regional Conservation Initiatives: Large landscapes surrounding or including metropolitan areas; thinking beyond site-by-site approaches to developing a broad conservation vision; efforts that incorporate urban centers, suburban areas, and megaregions.

Training the Next Generation of Conservationists: Ensuring that young professionals have the skills, knowledge and desire to be the next conservationists.

New Media: How to utilize new media effectively (technically, audience, message type) to convey messages, develop conversations, and engage people.

Landscape Approaches in High Profile Restoration: Restoration efforts following Deepwater Horizon, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and other key event-inspired restoration programs.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge: How to utilize traditional ecological knowledge to inform and guide large landscape conservation.

Proposal Options

Dedicated Sessions and Symposia

Potential session chairs should propose four presenters for one or more 90 minute sessions. Dedicated sessions should include multiple viewpoints and organizational representation and address a variety of aspects of Large Landscape Conservation challenges and management within the chosen topic. Symposia submissions must be made by the proposed chair and must identify all proposed presenters. Session chairs may propose themselves as one of the presenters in the session.

Single Presentations

Please propose one or two 15-20 minute presentations within one or more of the Workshop focus areas and topics. The Program Committee will organize selected presentations into cohesive 90 minute concurrent sessions and assign session moderators. If you would like to propose more than one presentation, you must submit each proposal separately.

Posters

Posters will be displayed throughout the Workshop, and dedicated time will allow poster presenters to directly interact with Workshop participants. To the greatest degree possible, posters will be arranged and displayed by topic or focus area. If you would like to submit more than one poster, you must submit each proposal separately.

Instructions

Click here to view the instructions and guidelines for submitting a proposal.  Once you are ready to submit a proposal, visit https://nwllc.confex.com/nwllc/2014/cfp.cgi to complete the online form. You will be required to provide full contact and biographical information for all presenters and the session chair (if a dedicated session).

The deadline for all proposals is June 27, 2014. Please mark your calendar!

Selection Process and Criteria

The Program Committee will review proposals. All proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria, including:

  • Significance to the Large Landscape Conservation management and scientific community;
  • Relevance to Large Landscape Conservation and the Thematic Topics above;
  • Ability to provide information that can be applied in local communities and regions;
  • Degree to which the proposal makes connections between different facets of management;
  • Degree of insight about upcoming Large Landscape Conservation management trends and science; and
  • Thoroughness of proposal.

The selection process is competitive and not all submitted proposals will be accepted for the Workshop Program. Presentations not selected for inclusion in the Workshop Program will receive strong consideration for inclusion in the Poster Session.

Presenter/Chair Responsibilities

Once a proposal has been accepted for inclusion in the program, the program committee will communicate due dates for additional required information for the printed workshop program guide along with audio-visual logistics. Session chairs are responsible for providing all required information related to their sessions by the due dates. Reasonable audio-visual equipment, including projectors and screens, will be provided as needed.

Poster Setup and Display

Posters will be displayed from 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon, through Friday afternoon. Poster set-up will occur on Thursday morning. To the degree possible, posters will be arranged by topic or focus area. If you would like your poster displayed with others – either your own or by a different presenter – please indicate this in your proposal in the “additional information” area in the submittal form. The workshop schedule will include time during which posters will be featured.

Some key points to keep in mind:

  • Proposals will be reviewed based on the information received by the due date of June 27, 2014. Proposals deemed incomplete or lacking in information are unlikely to be accepted by the program committee.
  • When developing your proposal, please refer to the GPO Style Guide (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/stylemanual/index.html) for guidance about capitalization, punctuation, acronyms and similar grammatical items.
  • Dedicated sessions must have four, 20-minute speakers. If a session is submitted with only three speakers, the committee will add a fourth speaker from the pool of single presentations proposals.
  • Dedicated sessions should consist of multiple viewpoints and organizational representation; sessions consisting of staff from only one organization are unlikely to be accepted by the committee.
  • All attendees, including speakers and poster presenters, must register for and attend the Workshop, and pay their own travel. If you are submitting a dedicated session or on behalf of other speakers, please make sure everyone in your session understands this requirement and is prepared to register and travel.

Timeline and Due Dates

June 27, 2014 – All proposals due

July 31, 2014 – Submitters notified of selection status.

August 31, 2014 – Final program posted at http://www.largelandscapenetwork.org/2014-national-workshop/