Request for Presentations

You are invited to share your experience and expertise at Gathering Partners: A Conference for Friends of Minnesota’s Natural Resources to be held May 15-17, 2020 at Superior Shores Resort in Two Harbors, MN. We are currently seeking proposals for the following types of sessions:

  • 60 minute concurrent sessions (Saturday and Sunday mornings)
  • 90 minute concurrent sessions (Saturday and Sunday mornings)
  • 2 3⁄4 hour concurrent sessions (Sunday morning only)

At this time we are only accepting proposals for concurrent sessions. If you have a field trip idea you would like to share with us, please e-mail us at gathpart@umn.edu

Deadline for Submissions: January 31, 2020

Review and Selection: Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee and will be selected based upon:

  • Appropriateness and interest of topic
  • Level of content
  • Presenter expertise
  • Availability of timeslots

The committee reserves the right to make recommendations for revisions of content within proposals prior to acceptance. Preference will be given to those proposals, which include a hands-on educational component.

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: Estimated February 20, 2020

Audience: The audience for the conference consists of Minnesota Master Naturalist and AIS Detectors volunteers, instructors, the Minnesota Phenology Network, woodland owners, citizen science volunteers, and others interested in the outdoors and Minnesota’s natural resources. Participants will not preselect concurrent sessions at registration. Only preconference sessions and field trips will require advance registration. Individual sessions should plan for approximately 40 attendees.
 
Presentation topics: A diverse slate of sessions will be offered to conference attendees covering aquatic invasive species, ecology, wildlife, forestry, phenology, and water resources. Topics focused on natural history, environmental issues, natural resource management, outdoor skills, species identification, citizen science, and other volunteer opportunities have been especially popular.
 
Presentation Needs: All on-site session rooms will include a provided PC laptop computer, LCD projector, and screen. Presenters should provide any other instructional supplies or equipment needs for the presentation, including handouts. If using a PowerPoint presentation, presenters should plan to bring the presentation file to the conference on a thumb drive and insert it into the laptop computer in the session room. Alternative arrangements may be possible. Please note any special requests in the “Additional Presentation Information” section of the Session Proposal Form.
 
Room arrangement: The conference will take place a Superior Shores Resort and most concurrent session rooms will be arranged with theatre style seating. If you have any preferences for alternate room arrangements, please note that in the “Additional Presentation Information” section of the Session Proposal Form.
 
Conference Non-Commercial Policy: Participants in the Gathering Partners conference are seeking valuable educational sessions and may be critical of presenters or sessions that are self-promotional. Presenters may not use a conference session solely for commercial sales pitches, self-promotion, or unwarranted criticism of a competitor. If presenters would like to sell books or other materials during their session they should note this on the Session Proposal Form. Please note that there will be limited time between sessions. There will not be exhibitor booths available for the 2020 conference.

In appreciation for your generous sharing of time and expertise, up to two presenters per session are invited to join the conference participants for lunch on the day of their presentation. Presenters wishing to attend any part of the conference other than their session should register for the conference. The complete conference schedule and registration information will be available approximately March 1, 2020.

All information and questions may be submitted to gathpart@umn.edu.
 
Thank you for being willing to contribute your time and expertise. We are looking forward to a great conference!