PRIM&R’s AER17 Call for Conference Session Proposals Program ensures the Conference Planning Committee considers a broad and rich spectrum of topics and speakers – those that come from our constituency.
Conference session proposals can be submitted for two categories:
1. Plenary Sessions:
2. Breakout sessions:
Ideas that are of interest to the Conference Planning Committees and that meet the submission guidelines, will be accepted in their entirety** and noted on the agenda with an icon.
*If you have a fully-fleshed out proposal, but don’t have speaker recommendations, the Conference Planning Committees will review your proposal and select speakers for you if they accept the idea.
**PRIM&R reserves the right to modify proposals slightly to keep with agenda formatting, style, etc. The Conference Planning Committees will, wherever possible, accept the recommendations for speakers, but may suggest adding other speakers to help with diversity of perspectives.
Before you submit a conference session proposal, please review the following policies:
One of PRIM&R's top priorities is ensuring our conferences represent the topics, issues, and voices most relevant to our attendees. We therefore invite agenda contributions directly from our community. By including the ideas of those involved in the field, we ensure a broad, rich, and relevant spectrum of topics and speakers are represented on the AER17 agenda.
No. However, if you are interested in becoming a member, please review the range of benefits that come with membership and contact Elise Davis, membership coordinator, to get started.
The deadline date to submit a conference session proposal was February 10, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered. If you submitted a proposal, it will undergo review by the Conference Planning Committees, and we will notify you of the status of your proposal by May 31, 2017.
Plenary sessions include: panels (three speakers plus a moderator), debates (two debaters plus a moderator), and living room conversations (three to four speakers plus a moderator, informal discussion format vs. formal lectures). There are typically three plenary sessions running concurrently, and these sessions are designed to cover the "30,000 foot" perspective on timely, important, complex, and thought-provoking issues in research ethics and human subjects protections. Proposals should seek to cover multiple perspectives on ethical, conceptual, and policy issues that will be of interest to a broad range of individuals involved in the research enterprise.
Breakout sessions include: workshops (interactive), didactic sessions (presentation-based), and double sessions (longer session that takes place over lunch and is a mix of interaction and lecture). These are smaller sessions that address more narrow topics. Breakout sessions tend to be more hands-on; attendees are there to learn best practices, discuss examples and case studies, and leave with practical strategies. There are five breakout session series and sessions are organized into thematic tracks. Within a series, between 20 and 25 breakout sessions run at one time. Breakout sessions feature between two to three speakers depending on the topic.
Yes. You may submit more than one conference session proposal, but you must submit an individual submission form for each contribution. Each submission will be reviewed independently.
Individuals whose session proposals are accepted and who are also invited to teach the session are eligible for a discounted registration rate.
Notifications will be emailed to conference session proposal authors by May 31, 2017.
PRIM&R reserves the right to modify proposals slightly to keep with agenda formatting, style, etc. If, for any reason, the Conference Planning Committees have substantive changes to a proposal, these will be discussed first with the author.
PRIM&R assigns no more than three speakers per session. Session proposal authors may recommend up to three speakers per session idea (including themselves). PRIM&R and the Conference Planning Committees will, wherever possible, accept the recommendations for speakers, but reserve the right to suggest alternate speakers to ensure participation from individuals of diverse backgrounds and institutions. Any speaker suggestions will be discussed with proposal authors first.
Yes. We encourage submissions for sessions that would be of interest, even if potential speakers have not been determined. The Conference Planning Committees will work to find individuals who can speak to the session topic.
Reasons for why conference session proposals are not accepted include:
If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Kate Eldredge, conference assistant, via email.