Interactive Session Proposals
Instructions, Requirements & Criteria
Instructions, Requirements & Criteria
NACCB will accept Interactive Session proposals for a minimum of 0.5 hours and a maximum of 2 hours.
Interactive Sessions can take a number of forms. They do not conform to any single structure, and may, for example, include a series of brief presentations, break-out groups, open-ended or facilitated discussion, or any combination of these. They may span a variety of topics, from generating new curricular resources for educators and students, to developing plans for food sustainability in an urban area, to integrating new tools into species monitoring, to creating a fellowship program for diversity training, etc. This session type focuses on the real-time, interdisciplinary practice of conservation science. This is an opportunity for facilitators, invited speakers, and attendees to generate solutions together, and draw on each other’s collective expertise through mixed methods of active listening, discussion, presentation, and other creative interactions. It is designed to give organizers freedom and flexibility to craft a unique session that will provide meaningful results, and carry forward work beyond the conference. See below for session requirements and examples of session structures.
FAQ: How is an interactive session different from a workshop? While pre- and post- congress workshops are designed to develop professional skills in topics of key relevance to conservation science, interactive sessions will take place during the days of the scientific program, concurrent with oral talks & symposia, and will highlight the mutual development of tools and/or shared learning among facilitators, speakers, and attendees alike.
Requirements & Examples
At least half of the allotted session time must be dedicated to an interactive activity other than presentations.
Presentations must not exceed 7 minutes/speaker, with a maximum of 4 speakers/session at this length. See the Call for Symposia if interested in including additional speakers at the 7 or 15-minute length.
Sessions must be open to all conference attendees.
Session facilitators must share a 1-page wrap-up report, or 5-10 minute video or audio file with conference organizers, summarizing activities, outcomes, and future plans for sharing material or building on the session outcomes beyond the conference, by September 1, 2024, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Session Structure Examples:
Knowledge Cafe/Break-out & Discussion: The majority of the time in a knowledge café is spent in conversation, with no one individual presenting to a group, beyond the facilitator’s introduction and guidance throughout the session. The value of this session is the conversation itself, and learning that each individual takes away. It starts with any format of introduction and presentation on a particular topic or question. The group breaks into small groups of 3-4 and discusses the question for about 1/3 of the allotted time. Optionally in the small group sessions, people change tables every 15 mins to broaden the number of people they interact with, diversifying the perspectives of each group. The full group comes back together as a whole for the last 1/3 of the time, where the individual groups share their thoughts, lessons learned, and steps & opportunities following the conference.
Ignite or Pecha Kucha-Style: Facilitators pose an open-ended question, and speakers have 5 minutes to present 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds. Presentations tend to be in a conversational or story telling-style, and emphasize no more than 1 to 2 main points. Slides contain limited to no text. Facilitated discussion follows. This can be offered as an entry for the entire session, or to open up distinct portions of discussion over the session.
3×5 Speed Presentations: Similar to Ignite-style presentations, but presenters have just 3 minutes to present 5 slides. These very short presentations can be helpful to spark new discussion at distinct portions of the interactive session.
Organized Networking Sessions: This session type is intended to give anyone the opportunity to organize a networking session at NACCB 2024. Whether geared toward students, members of the LGBTQ+ conservation community, colleagues working in a particular conservation discipline (and endless other topics/target participants), this session lets you facilitate networking and connections among conference attendees. Sessions can have structured activities to encourage interactions and participation, as well as unstructured networking time – or a combination of both.
Sessions must be open to all conference attendees. (No invitation-only events may be submitted through this session type). Organizing a networking session does NOT count towards NACCB’s one presentation or one proposal rule.
Create Your Own! – Reach out to email@example.com if you have any questions about a potential interactive session.
Suggested Tools for Facilitation:
Small break-out groups, improv exercises, talking sticks, notecards for polling, flip charts, Powerpoint, Presi, Music, Film, etc. Meeting areas will also be available for use by session organizers.
Please include the following information in your Interactive Session Proposal:
The Interactive Session submission form includes other optional fields for the organizer’s consideration.
Criteria for Selection
All proposals will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers selected by the NACCB 2024 Scientific Program Committee. Applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals and any requested revisions by early winter 2023. We encourage proposals that prioritize diversity among invited speakers and organizers. Broad or specific relevance to the conference theme, Celebrating Diversity in Conservation from Summit to Sea, is encouraged but not a selection criterion for interactive sessions.
To increase the probability that your proposal will be selected, please consider the following criteria carefully:
Conservation Science – The scientific research and knowledge needed to understand and conserve biological diversity is identified, funded, completed, disseminated and applied to research, management and policy.
Conservation Management – Conservation practitioners and managers are provided the scientific information and recommendations needed to conserve biological diversity at all scales.
Policy – Policy decisions of major international conventions, governments, organizations, and foundations, are effectively informed and improved by the highest quality scientific counsel, analysis, and recommendations so as to advance the conservation of biological diversity.
Education – Education, training, and capacity-building programs, including but not restricted to content focused on communications & behavior change are identified, strengthened, and developed to inform the public, education leaders, and support current and future generations of conservation scientists and practitioners.
Environmental or Ecological Economics
Indigenous Knowledge/Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Freshwater & Wetland
Grassland & Savannah
Marine & Coastal
Polar & Alpine
|Adaptive Management & Monitoring
Applied Ethics & Values
Conservation in Hotspots
Endangered Species Recovery & Management
Human-Wildlife Conflict & Co-Existence
Invasive & Non-Native Species
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Conservation
Land Use Change/Conservation
Population Viability Analysis
Risk Assessment & Uncertainty
Science & Management Interface
Conservation Action/Environmental Justice
Religion and Conservation Biology
Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Justice
We greatly appreciate your flexibility in some cases as we will need to reduce the allocated time of a proposed Interactive Session for scheduling purposes. Moreover, there might be instances where the planning committee will recommend changes regarding the session type for specific proposals; if this applies to your proposal, we will work with you to make sure that it is included in the proper session type. We will communicate any anticipated changes as soon as possible to session organizers.
For additional questions, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Email email@example.com