SRM 2020 Call for Proposals
The program committee for the SRM 2020 Annual Meeting has two important clarifications regarding the recent call for proposals.
1)To upload your proposal for a two-hour ignite, symposium or workshop to the Apex system please paste the entire proposal into the abstract text box. Please refer to the call for proposals for more information and for proposal review criteria.
2) Please note there will not be a call this year for individual oral presentations, even for graduate students. We encourage those who typically submit individual oral abstracts to either organize a two-hour session (ignite, symposium or workshop) or to submit a poster abstract. We highly encourage scholars presenting work in the proposal or data collection phases to submit poster abstracts.
The 2020 SRM Annual Meeting is now accepting submissions for two (2) hour proposals for the following types of sessions (please see below). Highly encouraged are proposals that are interdisciplinary, embrace the meeting theme of Transformation and Translation (see http://www.srm2020.org/program.html) and co-organizers represent the spectrum of seasoned, mid-career and young professionals. For example, proposals addressing “Reimaging Rangeland Extension” and “Conservation Economics on Western Working Lands” would address the meeting theme.
Why only a two (2) hour timeslot for these sessions? We are using the format from the International Rangeland Congress at Saskatoon 2016. With technical program changes emphasizing multiple days of plenary and sub-plenary sessions in the morning, extended time at lunch to sample the myriad of dining options in the area, and dedicated time slots in the late afternoon for Posters only (more to come here on changes as well – Sneak Peek – see https://www.epostersonline.com/), there is just less time available in the program for sessions.
Proposals need to be submitted by 5PM MST on June 28, 2019. Submissions that are incomplete or received after this deadline will not be considered. We anticipate notification by July 26, 2019 to all persons who submitted a proposal on the status of the proposal.
Two-hour session types:
1.Symposium: Innovative and captivating speakers organized around emerging themes in rangeland ecology and management knowledge. Symposia are the core scientific aspect of the SRM program. Each session will synthesize a topic that makes significant contributions to the art and science of rangeland management and ecology through novel collaborations, methods, or interdisciplinary approaches. Three (3) speakers will each have 20 minutes to speak and five minutes for questions, with remaining time for questions and discussion. Topics should have broad appeal and applicability to the SRM audience, and offer benefits to rangeland ecosystems and human communities. Symposia are explicitly integrated and provide a synthesis of key conceptual advancements.
2.Workshops: “Contribute to the development of practical, leadership and communication skills within SRM!” An interactive, educational experience in which attendees develop new practical skills to apply to their rangeland science and management work. Plan to facilitate your training workshop in a hotel conference room, and to teach to specific learning objectives for participants through hands-on, conversational, and experiential learning opportunities. Themes could include but are not limited to skills for: bridging science and management communities; outreach, meeting facilitation, and science communication leadership; promoting diversity and inclusion; software and data analysis; writing for popular and scientific audiences; skills for student success; data collection and management methods; leadership in field research, etc. Note: workshops related to outdoor/livestock/safety skills that require arena space are planned for Thursday at the National Western Stock Show facility.
3.Ignite-style Sessions: “Enlighten us, but make it quick!” Between six (6) and ten (10) five (5) minute talks organized around a conceptual theme that stimulates an exchange of new ideas in rangeland ecology and management. Each talk will feature 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds (see http://www.ignitetalks.io/). The time remaining after all the speakers in the session will be reserved for panel discussion, and question and answer periods. The short format is intended to inspire a conversational and storytelling experience, and to challenge presenters to communicate key ideas succinctly. Possible themes for ignite sessions include but are not limited to: introductions to new issues or challenges on rangelands; new ideas from other disciplines; stumbling blocks, opportunities in rangeland ecology and management; toolkits and emerging methods; recent advances in traditional topics/issues. If you typically submit an abstract for an oral presentation to SRM, we encourage you to consider submitting an ignite session proposal with others working in your area of interest. Ignite Sessions addressing the conference theme are suggested.
Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1)Relevance: Proposal provides sound and credible approaches, information, and discussion relevant to rangeland science, management, education, and/or outreach, and to the Denver 2020 theme.
2)Clarity of purpose: The proposal provides a clear focus. It defines a concept, approach or topic area and includes clearly defined goals, objectives and expected outcomes for participants/attendees of the session.
3)Equity and diversity: Proposals should incorporate efforts to practice the values expressed in the SRM Diversity statement, including active efforts to break down silos, consider equitable solutions, and ensure all voices are part of the discussion.
4)Scientific Strength: Proposal contributes to the SRM mission to provide science-based information for rangeland ecology and management. Best available science, established methods and best practices are described clearly.
5)Applicability to management/practice: The proposal clearly describes how the topic(s) discussed apply to ecosystem management, conservation practice, policy, or other decision-making.
6)Participant engagement and active learning opportunities: Preference is given to sessions that include activities or discussion to engage attendees.
NOTE: Poster and Campfire Conversation abstracts will be DUE August 15
1.Campfire Conversations: Inspired by the leadership of long-time SRM member and USFS employee Bob Mountain, the campfire conversations are a lively collaborative dialogue around questions that matter for the future of the Society for Range Management and rangelands. The Campfire Committee, including members of the SRM 2020 program committee and the Young Professional and Student Conclaves, invites SRM members to propose topics for a society-wide discussion following the World Café model. World Café is a method for connecting diverse perspectives and sharing collective discoveries on issues that matter. We encourage SRM committees and working groups, managers, researchers, advocates, outreach professionals, students and young professions to submit 300-word abstracts describing a single issue, controversy, challenge, or opportunity of immediate relevance to the Society that will be part of the campfire discussions. Topic leaders will work with the Campfire Committee to facilitate conversations that will occur on Tuesday of the Denver 2020 meeting with attendees of all backgrounds and ages. They are also encouraged to contribute to a summary paper(s) that will be submitted to Rangelands. Preference will be given to innovative, provocative, and complex topics with the potential to translate rangeland knowledge and transform the future of SRM.
2. Posters: We welcome 300 word poster abstracts on innovative and novel research and rangeland management activities. We encourage all participants not presenting as part of a workshop, symposium or ignite session, and particularly those presenting research in the proposal or data collection stages, to submit individual paper abstracts.