Call for Presentations

We are no longer accepting proposals for SAF2021 presentations. We will open the call for presentations for SAF2022 in January 2022. 

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.

Your abstract 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 abstract for presentations, science flashes, posters, and workshops, and which will be blindly reviewed against the following criteria:

Review Criteria
  • Clarity: the thought/expression/concept should be reasonable and comprehensible.
  • Scientific approach: including definition of the problem, hypothesis, methodology, application, results, analysis.
  • Practice of Forestry: should bridge the gap between science and decision making in the field of forest management.
  • Originality: should report preliminary or novel results on limited data sets or applications of existing methodologies to new areas.
  • Contemporary Topics: is relevant to the convention or track themes, will appeal to a large number of attendees, and contribute to professional development.

All submissions must meet criterion 1. Submissions must meet at least one of the other four criteria. Abstracts selected to be part of the program will be published as part of a special Journal of Forestry Convention Proceedings. By submitting an abstract 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 abstract in the conference proceedings does not guarantee future publication of the full article.

The 2021 SAF National Convention will be in-person. However, given the circumstances of COVID-19 and its impacts on travel and budget restrictions, you may choose to present in-person or virtually. When submitting your proposal on the online portal, under the Convention Format section, choose a) Either in person or virtual, b) In person only, or c) Virtually only.

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Important Submission Dates

August 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Science Flashes and Posters
March 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Presentations, Seminars, Panels, Workshops


Presentations/Science Flashes

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

Submit an abstract for the panel.
     1. Answer the Financial Disclosures and Convention Format questions as appropriate.
     2. Select ‘presentation’ or 'science flash' as the abstract type.
     3. Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
     4. Select the track, theme, and technical focus area
     5. Enter the title of the presentation.
     6. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Description.”
     7. Describe what you will discuss in the “Full Abstract” text box:
     8. Specify the learn objectives of your presentation.

Abstracts will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Important Submission Dates
August 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Science Flashes and Posters
March 31, 2021: 
Submission Deadline for Presentations, Seminars, Panels, Workshops. Science Flashes that are part of Organized Sessions


Posters

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

Submit an abstract:
     1. Answer the Financial Disclosures and Convention Format questions as appropriate.
     2. Select ‘poster’ as the abstract type.
     3. Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
     4. Select the track, theme, and technical focus area
     5. Enter the title of the panel/session.
     6. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Description.”
     7. Describe what you will discuss in the “Full Abstract” text box:
     8. Specify the learn objectives of your presentation.

Abstracts will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Important Submission Date
August 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Science Flashes and Posters


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. Answer the Financial Disclosures and Convention Format questions as appropriate.
     2. Select ‘organized session proposal’ as the abstract type.
     3. Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
     4. Select the track, theme, and technical focus area
     5. Enter the title of the session.
     6. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Description.”
     7. Provide the following information in the “Full Abstract” text box:
          * This is a session proposed by X Working Group or name of individual.
          * Speakers will discuss XXXX. We are requesting X 90-minute sessions.
          * The speakers are: A- title or topic of the talk, B – title or topic of the talk, C – title or topic of the talk, etc.
     8. Select “Yes” for “Is your presentation part of an organized panel/session?”
     9. Provide the name of the Working Group lead or the coordinator name in the coordinator box.
     10. Re-enter the panel/session title in the Session Title box.

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

Important Submission Date
March 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Presentations, Seminars, Panels, Workshops. Science Flashes for Organized Sessions must be submitted by March 31.


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 an abstract for the panel.
  1. Answer the Financial Disclosures and Convention Format questions as appropriate.
  2. Select ‘panel discussion’ as the abstract type.
  3. Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
  4. Select the track, theme, and technical focus area
  5. Enter the title of the panel/session.
  6. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Description.”
  7. Provide the following information in the “Full Abstract” text box:
    • Describe what the panel will discuss
    • The speakers are: A- name, organization; B –name, organization; C – name, organization, etc.
    • This session is sponsored by the X Working Group. (optional)
  8. Provide the name of the Working Group lead or the coordinator name in the coordinator box.

Abstracts will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Important Submission Date
March 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Presentations, Seminars, Panels, Workshops


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 an abstract for the panel.
     1. Answer the Financial Disclosures and Convention Format questions as appropriate.
     2. Select ‘interactive discussion’ as the abstract type.
     3. Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
     4. Select the track, theme, and technical focus area
     5. Enter the title of the panel/session.
     6. Highlight the key points, issues, and learning objectives for the “Description.”
     7. Describe what you will discuss in the “Full Abstract” text box:
     8. Specify the learn objectives of your presentation.

Abstracts will be reviewed against the above criteria.

Important Submission Date
March 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Presentations, Seminars, Panels, Workshops


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 Wednesday, Nov. 3) or a professional development seminar (90 or 180-minute session within the concurrent program):

Submit an abstract for the workshop or seminar.
  1. Answer the Financial Disclosures and Convention Format questions as appropriate.
  2. Select ‘pre-conference workshop’ or ‘professional development seminar’ as the abstract type.
  3. Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
  4. Select the track, theme, and technical focus area.
  5. Enter the title of the workshop or seminar.
  6. Highlight the key points and learning objectives for the “Description.”
  7. Provide the following information in the “Full Abstract” text box:
    • Describe the content and purpose of the workshop/seminar.
    • For workshops, indicate desired length of time (90 or 180 minutes).
  8. Fill out the learning objectives, session design, participant outcomes, and leader qualifications sections (be sure to include name and organization for each facilitator).

Proposals will be evaluated against the additional following criteria:

Evaluation Criteria
  1. Practical application: how will the workshop/seminar add value to participants to inform/influence improved or enhanced practice?
  2. Learning objectives: are these reasonable, attainable, and relevant?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. Facilitator qualifications: do the workshop/seminar leaders have experience necessary to deliver an engaging learning experience for participants?

Abstracts 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 an abstract you confer permission for SAF to publish this material, however copyright remains with the authors.

Important Submission Date
March 31, 2021: Submission Deadline for Presentations, Seminars, Panels, Workshops