Call for Presentations 2022

The SAF2022 Call for Presentations is now closed.

The 2022 SAF National Convention will highlight the power of collaboration. We will explore the wide range of work done to manage forests and other natural resources in urban, suburban, and rural communities with a focus on innovation and cross-disciplinary engagement. Join us in Baltimore to share your experience, learn from the practice of others around the country, and build a better understanding of our mosaic – the landscape, the people who work in it, and the work that we do. 2022 themes include: The Art of Collaborative Engagement; Environmental Justice and Access; Nature-based Climate Solutions; and Many Hands: Diversity in Forest Careers.

Submissions relating to the convention themes are encouraged; however, submissions are welcome on any of the many facets of forestry. The number of submissions that can be accepted for the program will be limited by the number of rooms available and the number of time slots scheduled.


Important Submission Dates

March 31, 2022: Submission Deadline for All Proposals (Presentations, Science Flashes, Organized Sessions, Panels, Interactive Discussions, Workshops, Seminars, Posters)



Review Criteria

Your proposal matters! It is the only thing reviewers will see. You know your topic inside and out, but the reviewer doesn’t. Take time and care when writing your proposal for presentations, science flashes, posters, and workshops. Proposals are blindly reviewed by subject area resources specialists against the following criteria:

SAF’s presentation proposal criteria are captured within three overarching buckets – general application, practice of forestry, and audience appeal. Each criterion is weighted uniformly. All criteria will be evaluated on a scale of 1-5.

General Application
  • Clarity: How well is the thought, expression, and concept reasonable comprehensible across the proposal.
  • Originality: Reports preliminary or novel results on limited data sets, or applications of existing methodologies to new areas, or introduces a unique program designed for the defined audience for technical and professional growth, or demonstrates innovative application of tools or resources. 
Practice of Forestry
  • Scientific approach: Defines the problem, gap or need that the research or subject matter addresses. As applicable and the focus of the proposal, describe the hypothesis, methodology, application, results, analysis, or any combination.
  • Practical Application: Accounts for how the proposal subject matter bridges the gap between science and decision making in the field of forest management and among stakeholders.
  • Learning Objectives: Targeted learning enriches, gives purpose, and sets clear expectations of an attendee’s experience listening and engaging the presentation or session. This is the outward view of the subject matter to be presented, shared, or facilitated focusing on what an attendee in your audience will be able to do functionally upon the end of presentation, completion of a discussion, or end of a workshop/seminar. Download our Learning Objectives Quick Tips for more details. 
  • Outcome(s): Identify anticipated attendee outcomes that would define success of the session or presentation attendance. Consider how this subject matter may inform future research and/or the practice forestry. Indicate implications of the effects of findings and observations should action or no action occur following the program.
Audience Appeal
  • Participant Engagement: Consider how subject matter and style of delivery will affect and engage the experience of attendees. Engage highly experienced and those knowledgeable in the subject matter to enrich the conversation balanced with increasing the understanding to those new to the topic or application for successful outcomes and an inclusive learning experience.
  • Target Audience: Appeals to the diverse audience and a high level, or is significantly important, while contributing appreciably to professional development.

Proposals selected to be part of the program will be published as part of a special Journal of Forestry Convention Proceedings. By submitting an proposal you confer permission for SAF to publish this material; however, copyright remains with the authors.

All authors are encouraged to submit a full paper to the Journal of Forestry or Forest Science. Paper submissions will follow the submission and review guidelines prescribed by each journal’s Editorial Policy. (For more detailed information, click here.) The publication of an accepted proposal in the conference proceedings does not guarantee future publication of the full article.

The 2022 SAF National Convention will take place September 20-24, 2022, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.  

Important Submission Dates

February 15, 2022: Proposal Submissions Open
March 31, 2022: Submission Deadline for All Proposals (Presentations, Science Flashes, Organized Sessions, Panels, Interactive Discussions, Workshops, Seminars, Posters)


For any questions or concerns, download the SAF2022 Call for Presentations FAQ or contact Amy Juliana, SAF Manager of Science and Technology, at [email protected].   

Presentations/Science Flashes

Use the following process to submit a PROPOSAL FOR A PRESENTATION OR SCIENCE FLASH, where speakers will make formal presentations.

Submit a proposal for the presentation or science flash.
     1. Enter the title of the presentation.
     2. Select "presentation" or "science flash" as the proposal type.
     3. Indicate if the presentation or science flash is part of an organized session. If yes, complete the additional questions in the "Session Information" task.
     4. Provide speaker information in the "Speaker Information" task.
     5. Answer the financial disclosures questions as appropriate in the "Financial Disclosures" task.
     6. Answer the proposal questions as appropriate in the "Convention Proposal" task.
     7. Select the technical focus area, basis for proposal, and answer additional questions.
     8. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Summary of Proposal.”
     9. Describe what you will discuss in the “Full Description of Proposal” text box.
     10. Specify the learning objectives of your presentation or science flash in the "Learning Objectives" text box. See learning objectives tips.
     11. Complete the Presentation Recording Release as appropriate.
     12. Select the track and convention theme for the presentation or science flash.
     13. Save and submit your proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022


Organized Sessions

Use the following process to submit a PROPOSAL FOR AN ORGANIZED SESSION(S) with a group of invited speakers, where each speaker will be making a presentation. (These may also be science flashes):

First, submit an abstract for the organized session proposal itself.
     1. Enter the title of the session.
     2. Select "organized proposal session - lead coordinator" as the proposal type.
     3. Select "yes" for organized session and answer additional questions in the "Session Information" task.
     4. Provide speaker information in the "Speaker Information" task.
     5. Select the track and convention theme for the organized session.
     6. Save and submit your proposal.

Each speaker must then submit his/her/their own proposal by the March 31 deadline according to the Presentation and Science Flash Proposal instructions above to the same track, theme, and technical focus area, selecting "presentation" or "science flash" as the proposal type, and then filling in the title of the talk, description, and full proposal. In addition, enter:
  • The title of the session in the Session Title box within the "Session Information" task. (Preferably the same one as you submitted.)
  • The session leader’s name in the Working Group or Lead Coordinator text box. (Preferably the same one you submitted.)
Each individual proposal will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022


Panel Discussion

Use the following process to submit a PROPOSAL FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION, where speakers will not be making formal presentations – i.e., the group of speakers will have a discussion on the topic based on questions posed by the moderator or audience:

Submit a proposal for the panel:
  1. Enter the title of the panel presentation.
  2. Select "panel discussion" as the proposal type.
  3. Select "yes" for organized session and answer additional questions in the "Session Information" task.
  4. Provide speaker information in the "Speaker Information" task.
  5. Answer the financial disclosures questions as appropriate in the "Financial Disclosures" task.
  6. Answer the proposal questions as appropriate in the "Convention Proposal" task.
  7. Select the technical focus area, basis for the session content, and answer additional questions.
  8. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Summary of Proposal.”
  9. Describe what the panel will discuss in the “Full Description of Proposal” text box.
  10. Specify the learning objectives of your panel discussion in the "Learning Objectives" text box. See learning objectives tips.
  11. Complete the Presentation Recording Release as appropriate.
  12. Select the track and convention theme for the panel.
  13. Save and submit your proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022

Interactive Discussion

Use the following process to submit a PROPOSAL FOR AN INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION, where speakers will not be making formal presentations. The moderator will gather feedback from participants and/or participants will share information with each other.

Submit a proposal for the discussion:
     1. Enter the title of the discussion session.
     2. Select "interactive discussion" as the proposal type.
     3. Indicate if the discussion is part of an organized session and answer additional questions in the "Session Information" task.
     4. Provide speaker information in the "Speaker Information" task.
     5. Answer the financial disclosures questions as appropriate in the "Financial Disclosures" task.
     6. Answer the proposal questions as appropriate in the "Convention Proposal" task.
     7. Select the technical focus area, basis for the session content, and answer additional questions.
     8. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Summary of Proposal.”
     9. Describe what you will discuss in the “Full Description of Proposal” text box.
     10. Specify the learning objectives of your interactive discussion in the "Learning Objectives" text box. See learning objectives tips.
     11. Complete the Presentation Recording Release as appropriate.
     12. Select the track and convention theme for the discussion session.
     13. Save and submit your proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022


Pre-conference Workshops and Professional Development Seminars

Use the following process to submit a proposal for a pre-conference workshop (one-half or full day on Tuesday, Sept. 20) or a professional development seminar (90 or 180-minute session within the concurrent program):

Submit a proposal for the workshop or seminar:
  1. Enter the title of the workshop or seminar.
  2. Select ‘pre-conference workshop’ or ‘professional development seminar’ as the proposal type.
  3. Indicate if the workshop is part of an organized session, or sponsored by a working group, and answer additional questions in the "Session Information" task.
  4. Provide speaker information in the "Speaker Information" task.
  5. Answer the financial disclosures questions as appropriate in the "Financial Disclosures" task.
  6. Answer the proposal questions as appropriate in the "Convention Seminar and Workshop Proposal" task.
  7. Select the technical focus area, basis for the session content, and answer additional questions.
  8. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Summary of Proposal.”
  9. Complete the “Full Description of Proposal.”
  10. Fill out the learning objectives, session design, and participant outcomes.
  11. Complete the Presentation Recording Release as appropriate.
  12. Select the track and convention theme for the workshop or seminar.
  13. Save and submit your proposal.

Proposals will be evaluated against the additional following criteria:

Evaluation Criteria:
  1. Session design: does the program apply adult learning principles considering the target audience and adapting to engage/support the non-target audience with application of diverse learning modes?
  2. Participant outcomes: are identified outcomes likely to be achieved immediately following session or at specific designated time following event (short or long term) with applied practice?
  3. Facilitator qualifications: do the workshop/seminar leaders have experience necessary to deliver an engaging learning experience for participants?

Proposals describing workshops/seminars selected to be part of the program will be published as part of a special Journal of Forestry Convention Proceedings. By submitting a proposal you confer permission for SAF to publish this material, however copyright remains with the authors.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022


Posters

Use the following process to submit a PROPOSAL FOR A POSTER.

Submit a poster proposal:
     1. Enter the title of the poster.
     2. Select "poster" as the proposal type.
     3. Select "no" for the organized session question.
     4. Provide speaker information in the "Speaker Information" task.
     5. Answer the financial disclosures questions as appropriate in the "Financial Disclosures" task.
     6. Answer the proposal questions as appropriate in the "Convention Proposal" task.
     7. Select the technical focus area, basis for the session content, and answer additional questions.
     8. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Summary of Proposal.”
     9. Describe what you will discuss in the “Full Description of Proposal” text box.
     10. Specify the learning objectives of your poster in the "Learning Objectives" text box. See learning objectives tips.
     11. Select the track and convention theme for the poster.
     12. Save and submit your proposal.

Proposals will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022