[MARMAM] Call for Abstracts - AESS 2012 - Santa Clara, CA

Wallace, Richard rwallace at ursinus.edu
Wed Jan 11 07:48:23 PST 2012

Dear Marmam Folks,

I invite you to explore the call for individual abstracts for the upcoming annual conference of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS), to be held at the University of Santa Clara, California, on June 21-24, 2012. AESS is a welcoming forum for folks interested in a broad, interdisciplinary approach to marine mammal conservation and management, and has enjoyed marine mammal science and management-themed sessions at its past conferences. If you will be in the area, or wish to interact with a broad audience of environmental professionals (mostly academics), I encourage you to consider attending.

Apologies for cross-postings.


Rich Wallace
Ursinus College
Collegeville, PA


Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
2012 Annual Meeting
21-24 June, Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.

Conference Theme: "Preparing for our Environmental Future"
Call for Individual Abstracts, including Panels and Posters

Submission Deadline: 1 March 2012

The 2012 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) will be held on 21-24 June 2012 in sunny Santa Clara, California. We invite your participation.

If you are associated with an accepted Presentation Panel, you still need to submit an individual abstract. Please indicate the panel title in your abstract submission.

For everyone else, follow these steps:
(1)           choose a session type
(2)           compose your abstract
(3)           create descriptors of your topic area
(4)           submit your abstract.

Each step is explained further below.



There are two (2) session types to choose from:

 *   Presentation Panels
 *   Poster Session

Presentation Panels
Presentation panels are designed for presentation of research or other scholarly AESS-related endeavors. They consist of 3-4 presenters who are each allotted approximately 20-30 minutes (time includes presentation and discussion). Presentation panels are 1.5 hours in length, and will take place on June 22, 23, and 24 in parallel with discussion symposia and other presentation panels.

Poster Session
The poster session will take place during a reception on the Saturday evening of the conference. Poster presenters are expected to accompany their poster during the reception. Guidelines will be provided to those whose posters are accepted.

Your abstract should be no longer than 300 words.
Please include:

 *   title
 *   overview of content type:
o                For example, empirical research results, theoretical contribution, project description, pedagogical experiment, presentation of artistic work, personal or institutional experience, etc.
 *   statement of content:
o                Provide sufficient information that we can judge the quality of your proposal and its relevance to the conference.
o                For example, research results might include focal question, method, results and conclusion; pedagogical experiment might include description of experiment, outcomes and lessons learned; presentation of artistic work might include creation of the work, presentation to the public and potential impact; etc.
 *   justification for presentation:
o                This might include applicability to the conference theme,contribution to your field, connection to the mission and goals of AESS and the broader environmental studies and sciences community,and/or scholarly and professional merit.


We expect a tremendous variety of proposals. To assist the Program Committee in grouping presentations into coherent sessions, please briefly describe your topic area.

The submission form contains a box for up to five (5) terms that describe the thematic content of your proposal, similar to "key words" for a journal article submission but at a more general level.

Create a set of 'higher order' terms that best describe your proposal - using terms such as environmental history, climate change, marine policy, campus sustainability, ESS pedagogy, environmental psychology, environmental theatre, biodiversity loss, sustainable development in Africa, ESS programming, etc., etc.

To submit your abstract, please visit the AESS website: http://www.aess.info.

AESS themes
AESS is proud of its breadth. To continue our efforts to reach out, we encourage abstracts that:

 *   combine scholarship from multiple disciplines-physical and natural sciences; social sciences, humanities, and the arts; professional schools
 *   bring together theory and practice
 *   blend experience in government, business, foundations, and other areas of society
 *   are submitted by students, faculty, or administrators
 *   are submitted by Environmentalists of Color
 *   are submitted by practicing artists
 *   enhance conference participants' awareness of a sense of place-in the case of the AESS 2012 conference in Santa Clara, this meansthat we encourage proposals with a geographic focus on the San Francisco Bay Area and California.

Limitations on Submissions:
Individuals may submit more than one proposal. However, the Program Committee reserves the right to select from among a suite of proposals from a single author.

Registration Requirements:
In order to be included in the 2012 AESS conference program, all presenters must be registered and paid in full by the early registration deadline. Participants who do not comply may be dropped from the conference program.

Financial support:
AESS and the 2012 AESS conference organizers are not responsible for obtaining funds to support speaker or participant travel to the meeting, and cannot guarantee that any support will be available.

Abstracts are reviewed by the AESS Program Committee. Notice of acceptance or rejection of individual presentations will be sent out in mid-March. Following this, the committee will organize accepted presentations into sessions. Every effort will be made to group them into coherent thematic areas. Notice of your session assignment will be sent out by late March, about 3 months before the start of the conference.

If you have questions, contact Ken Wilkening, chair of the AESS Program Committee, at kew at unbc.ca<mailto:kew at unbc.ca>.

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