Submit a Proposal
The Call for Proposals is now open!
Those with questions about the submission process are encouraged to attend one of three Office Hours being held throughout the month of September. You may also reach out to Info@NationalAdaptationForum.org with questions.
About the Forum
The National Adaptation Forum gathers the climate adaptation community to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support for a better tomorrow. The Forum includes opportunities for professional development through formal training sessions, facilitated presentations, and informal knowledge sharing and networking opportunities. You can learn more by exploring the yellow menu above.
The National Adaptation Forum seeks to cultivate a dynamic culture of collaboration that transcends boundaries, uniting diverse disciplines, cultures, professions, and communities. By weaving together a rich tapestry of perspectives, the Forum aims to catalyze meaningful dialogue and innovative problem-solving. As you prepare your proposal, we hope you’ll keep this culture of collaboration in mind and embrace new partnerships, worldviews, and knowledge forms.
The 6th National Adaptation Forum will be held from May 14 – 16, 2024 at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Overview and Key Planning Milestones
- The main program will be held from May 14-16, 2024, with pre-event, partner-led programming on Monday, May 13, 2023.
- The event will take place at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Two hotel blocks are available for attendees at the Intercontinental Saint Paul and the Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Saint Paul.
- To encourage and create space for a diverse range of speakers and participation in this year’s event, attendees may only present/participate in one session. Exceptions may be made for groups explicitly mentioned in the Forum Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging goals, and for early career professionals.
- Please note that all attendees will be required to pay a full registration fee. Registration fees will not be waived for session organizers, speakers, facilitators, moderators, or note takers. If registration fees will be a barrier to attendance, please reach out to Info@NationalAdaptationForum.org. Attendance support will likely be available through a separate application process, determinant upon sponsor contributions (if your organization would like to support attendance, please see our sponsorship page).
Submission and Review Timeline
This is a draft timeline. Dates are subject to change as the program development continues.
|Call for Proposals||August 28, 2023||September 22, 2023|
|Proposal Reviews||October 2023||Early November 2023|
|Acceptances (Rolling Basis)||December 2023||Early February 2023|
|Draft Program Released||Early March 2024||–|
|Final Session Details Due||Early April 2024||–|
|Final Program Released||Late April 2024||–|
Draft 2024 Forum Schedule
All times are displayed in the central time zone.
The schedule is subject to change as the program is solidified.
Forum Office Hours
Questions about the Call for Proposals? Join us for Office Hours! During Forum Office Hours, we will:
- Provide an overview of the Call for Proposals
- Provide an overview of the Review Criteria that will be used to assess proposals
- Answer any questions you have about preparing or submitting a proposal
There are no more office hours sessions. A recording of the first session and slides can be found below.
Call for Proposal Components
To encourage and create space for a diverse range of speakers and participation in this year’s event, attendees may only present/participate in one session. Exceptions may be made for groups explicitly mentioned in the Forum Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Belonging goals, and for early career professionals.
The following information must be provided for each submitted proposal.
National Adaptation Forum Committee members and leaders from the American Society of Adaptation Professionals’ peer learning groups co-developed Special Sessions to highlight topics of interest across the field of adaptation. Any individual who wishes to have their work incorporated into a special session is invited to submit an Individual Oral Presentation proposal. The proposal should describe a 15-minute presentation that aligns with one of the 11 topic areas listed below and the proposed format of the presentation (e.g., storytelling, oral presentation, artistic performance). If accepted, your proposal will be incorporated into a larger session based on that topic area.
All proposals are evaluated by multiple Forum committee members. Names will be hidden during the review process, but organizations and demographic information will be visible. We encourage sessions that illustrate collaboration and submissions from those with diverse lived experiences, especially Indigenous and place-based knowledge holders, elders, teachers, storytellers, and communities with climate-impacted lived experiences.
Abstracts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Please note: The Forum Team expects to receive a large number of proposals. In the interest of designing an event that expands the field by embracing the worldviews and perspectives of peoples and places under-represented and silenced in planning, policy, publishing and decision-making forums, the Planning Committee and Equity and Climate Justice Working Group reserve the right to select proposals based not only on overall scores, but also on the topics addressed by the session and the diversity of presenters. This will help ensure diversity in the program and that it includes frequently underrepresented content or sectors.