Call for Presentations

The 2017 National Native Seed Conference invites proposals for presentations and related meetings. The deadline for proposals is September 28, 2016.

The conference will be organized largely around the goals and objectives of the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration. Indicate the most appropriate category as part of the proposal submission process (you may select more than one).

We recognize that not all proposals fit neatly within the structure of the National Seed Strategy, however, and welcome such proposals as long as they are relevant to the use of native plant material. We welcome presentations from all regions (both domestic and international) at all spatial scales and from all types of institutions (private, public, etc.).

  • Objectives 1.1 and 1.2: Assessment of seed needs and the capacity to meet them
  • Objective 1.3: Increase the supply and reliable availability of the right seed
  • Objective 2.1: Genetic variation and seed transfer guidelines
  • Objective 2.2: Seed technology: production, integrated pest management, and storage techniques
  • Objective 2.3: Plant establishment, species interactions, and ecosystem restoration
  • Objective 2.4: Monitoring
  • Objective 3.1: Training programs on seed-based restoration
  • Objective 3.2: Increase access to seed availability information
  • Objective 3.3: Science delivery tools to support restoration
  • Objective 3.4: Tools and training for planning future seed needs
  • Objective 4.1: Communication: education and outreach
  • Objective 4.2: Partnerships: Working together

The following formats are available:

  • Symposium. Symposia are organized oral sessions focused around a particular theme. Organizers of a symposium are responsible for setting the agenda and roster of presenters for their session. Proposals must include a description of the theme and objectives for the symposium; a list of speakers (not all must be confirmed) and tentative titles for their presentations; and a preferred length of time for the session.
  • Panel. Panels will consist of brief introductory remarks by each panelist and quickly move to discussion. Panels will feature facilitated back-and-forth among the panelists, as well as discussion of questions or comments from the audience. Proposals for Panels must include the names of the panelists and facilitator (not all must be confirmed), a title for the session, and key questions and topics that will be addressed. The use of PowerPoint slides in a Panel is discouraged.
  • Workshop. Workshops are interactive learning opportunities. They may have a specific training objective or they may be a collaborative problem-solving session.
  • Oral presentation. Presentations will be scheduled on 20 minute intervals. Use of PowerPoint is typical but not required.
  • Poster presentation. Posters may be up to 45” wide by 44” tall.
  • Related meeting. Limited space is available for meetings or social functions of committees, working groups, etc. in association with the conference.

Proposals will be evaluated by the conference Program Committee for relevance to the conference; overall quality of the proposal; strength of data and conclusions; originality; instructional value; and inclusion of practical information and management implications.  

Proposals must be submitted online and are due September 28, 2016. The Program Committee will review all proposals and respond to all applicants by October 26, 2016.