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How to Edit your Proposal

All speaker and abstract information must be finalized by September 12, 2022

For oral presentations and posters, only the first author will be listed in the PDF version of the program due to space constraints. Please make sure the first author will be the one presenting the material.

Click here to view or edit a previously submitted proposal

Instructions for Editing a Proposal

  1. Click on the link above to go to the abstract submission portal
  2. Click Edit Submission
  3. Enter in your submission ID (this was in your email confirmation from OpenConf) and the password you set up when submitting the proposal 

Session Formats and Expectations

Click on the sections below to learn more

Symposium

90 minutes

Generally 3-6 speakers with 30 minutes for Q&A

  • Save time for audience Q&A
  • Try to make the session as interactive/engaging as possible

Oral Presentations

15 minutes (the entirety of this can be spent on the presentation, time does not need to be set aside for Q&A)

Generally 4-5 related oral presentations will be grouped together into a larger symposium (see section above for more information)


Poster Presentations

2.5 hours

  • The poster session will be held in the evening of Tuesday, October 25th in conjunction with the Tools Cafe and Margaret A. Davidson Networking Reception
  • Posters will remain up throughout the entire week
  • Posters must be removed no later than noon on Thursday, October 27th or they will be recycled
  • Posters can be at most 36 inches in length and 42 inches in height
  • We recommend at least a size 24 font
  • Presenters will be responsible for hanging and taking down their own posters; the Forum Team will provide thumb tacks for hanging 
  • Presenters should stand by their poster for at least one hour, but longer is recommended
  • Presenters will need to have their poster printed before the event

Tools Café

2.5 hours

  • The Tools Cafe will be held in the evening of Tuesday, October 25th in conjunction with the poster session and Margaret A. Davidson Networking Reception
  • 10 tables will be set up to accommodate the tools in the Tools Cafe (2 tools per table); attendees can circulate from table to table to demo tools
  • Each group must bring their own laptop to demo the tool; monitors can be reserved at an extra cost
  • Presenters should be there to demo their tool for at least an hour and a half
  • Presenters are welcome to provide attendees with pamphlets or any other helpful materials 

Training

60 minutes

An interactive session where attendees develop skills they can apply in their work

  • Organizers are expected to fully facilitate the session and should come in with a plan for how the session will be organized
  • Try to make the session as interactive/engaging as possible

Working Group

60 minutes

Formats will vary session-by-session, but should be focused on producing tangible outputs on specific issues or challenges

  • Organizers are expected to fully facilitate the session and should come in with a plan for how the session will be organized
  • Try to make the session as interactive/engaging as possible
  • Ensure there is a process for recording takeaways and outputs

Solutions Room

60 minutes

Formats will vary session-by-session, but should be focused on crowdsourcing solutions through group discussion and/or breakouts 

  • Organizers are expected to fully facilitate the session and should come in with a plan for how the session will be organized
  • Try to make the session as interactive/engaging as possible
  • Ensure there is a process for recording takeaways and outputs

Priority Topic Areas

Submissions were requested for a range of topics focused on climate change adaptation, however the Forum planning committees encouraged submissions on the following prioritized topics:

  • Agriculture & Food Security
  • Biodiversity, Ecosystems, & Nature-Based Solutions
  • Built Environment
  • Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Intersection
  • Climate Justice & Equity
  • Climate Displacement & Gentrification
  • Communications & Youth Engagement
  • Decision-making Tools & Technology
  • Economics, Workforce Development, & Green Jobs
  • Energy Solutions
  • Extreme Events, Disasters, & Emergency Management
  • Faith-Focused Adaptation
  • Financing Adaptation
  • Public Health: Physical, Behavioral, & Mental
  • Implementation of Adaptation
  • Infrastructure, Transportation, & Land-Use Planning
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • International Perspectives
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, & Adaptive Management
  • Natural Resources
  • Politics of Climate Change Adaptation
  • Public & Private Sector Partnerships
  • Research & Science of Adaptation
  • Rural & Island Communities
  • Social Resilience & Transformation
  • Tribal & Indigenous Perspectives
  • Water Resources

Review Criteria

All proposals will be reviewed by members of our three planning committees. We encourage sessions that engage a variety of adaptation practitioners from beginners to seasoned experts. Proposals must be about adaptation and not just climate change. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • JUSTICE, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND DIVERSITY: Proposal provides details on if and how justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity are included in adaptation efforts, such as evaluation of the allocation of burdens and benefits of decisions, and the meaningful involvement of all people in decision-making regardless of race, color, national origin, ability, or income. Proposal includes diverse voices as presenters (e.g., community members, youth).
  • RELEVANCE: Proposal provides a sound and credible approach for addressing climate change adaptation and is relevant to practitioners, policymakers, or others working on adaptation.
  • CROSS-SECTORAL: Proposal provides details on a cross-sectoral approach to adaptation, such as multiple angles or perspectives on a theme (e.g., geography, sectors, demographics, disciplines, approaches, or engagement with other organizations), including presenters from different organizations and sectors.
  • CLARITY OF PURPOSE: Proposal provides a clear focus; defines a concept, approach, process, or subject area; and clearly demonstrates successes and/or failures of practices. The proposal clearly defines the goals, key objectives, expected outcomes, and what participants will learn or experience.
  • INNOVATION: Proposal provides details on how projects are inspiring change, breaking new ground, and testing new approaches and ways of thinking and doing.
  • COLLABORATION: Proposal provides details on how diverse perspectives from different communities, cultures, organizations, and sectors are integrated into adaptation efforts.
  • RESEARCH: Proposal incorporates research and data or reflects your understanding of the changes happening in your area of work, including the use of best available science, traditional knowledge, established methodologies, best practices, and established metrics for monitoring success or identifying maladaptive practices.
  • ACTIVE LEARNING: Proposal provides clear description of activities to promote active engagement among attendees (e.g., collaboration, exploration, group knowledge exchange). This criterion is weighted highly for interactive sessions such as Working Groups and Trainings.

Please note: The Program Committee expects to receive a large number of highly competitive proposals. In the interest of designing a conference program that is representative of the field, the Program Committee reserves the right to select proposals based on not only overall scores, but also on the topics addressed by the session. This will help ensure diversity in the program and that it includes frequently underrepresented content or sectors.

A special thank you to the members of our Program Committee, Equity & Climate Justice Working Group, and Steering Committee for their help in reviewing proposals.