Call for Proposals: AAAS 2019 Annual Meeting
This call is for both scientific sessions (i.e., symposia and other session formats) and for career development workshops for the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting, to be held in Washington, DC. Please click on the appropriate link for submission instructions and links.
There are three session types:
- 90-Minute Symposium Format: This is the standard symposium format. Symposium should be focused on topics and projects with broad appeal and relevancy. A panel composed of 3 speakers give presentations (~20 minutes each), followed by a ~30 minute Q&A period with the audience. The session may choose to have a discussant and a moderator.
- 90-Minute Discussion-Focused Format: This is a slight variation on the standard symposium format, intended to emphasize discussion and interaction with the audience. Topics where audience input on next steps is desired are encouraged to consider this format. A moderated panel of 2-3 speakers give short presentations (~10 minutes each), followed by a longer (~60 minute) discussion/Q&A period with the audience, either as a full group or in smaller groups. In the synopsis, submitters should describe how the discussion portion will be structured and facilitated, and how much time will be allotted to each part of the session in order to fit within the 90-minute timeframe. The moderator role is required, and the session may choose to have a discussant.
- 10-Minute Flash Talk Format: Flash talks offer individuals the opportunity to have the stage to themselves for ten minutes (one speaker only per submission). Flash talks can be on any novel and inspiring topic relevant to those attending the AAAS meeting. The range of possible topics is broad, but talks themselves should be focused on a big idea that can be presented clearly and concisely in ten minutes. Early-career scientists are encouraged to submit, if they are experienced speakers and experts in their proposed topic. A video clip of a polished, well-organized prior talk is required in the proposal (videos created for the purposes of this submission will not be accepted). Talks should be dynamic and engaging, oriented toward a more public audience, and showcase good public communication skills -- including use of high-quality visuals, a focused message, and plain language. The Program Committee will group the accepted flash talks into sessions by topic or cross-cutting theme, with short Q&As following each talk.
Career Development Workshops
Career development workshops are aimed at both individuals seeking careers in science and engineering, and professionals looking to sharpen or supplement their skills. These workshops are instructional or informational in nature and are markedly different from a scientific session. Workshops may have up to 3 presenters. This year, workshops will be 90 minutes in length.