The Call for Sessions is now open!
The call for session proposals is open from Monday, September 30, 2019 until Friday, November 15, 2019.
We welcome proposals from sustainability professionals from a wide variety of sectors. Currently, SRI is accepting submissions for the following four session types:
Sessions designed to tackle a specific global sustainability challenge from a variety of perspectives, taking a variety of forms. Each fora session will run for 90 minutes. Fora can include panels, conversations, short presentations or other formats, and teams are encouraged to submit designs that incorporate a high degree of interactivity and audience engagement.
Training sessions and workshops on a topic of interest relevant to SRI2020 themes, with specified, action-oriented outcomes to be generated as a result of the session for both the group delivering the training and for the participants. Session proposals should include the knowledge or practice gaps that the session will focus on and the strengths, skills, and capacities that will be developed. Trainings and workshops should be designed to encourage two-way, iterative learning for both trainers and participants.
Popcorn sessions bring people together to learn about the most compelling advances in sustainability within a particular discipline, theme, and/or geography. Sessions are composed of very short presentations by different people on the same topic, exposing different ways of approaching a sustainability challenge and providing a forum for rapid feedback on emerging research and innovation projects or initiatives.
Each popcorn session will feature eight speakers who will each show 20 slides for 20 seconds each, in a 90 minute format. Proposers should leave room for at least half of the speakers in a session to self-identify during the individual contribution period.
Other forms of engagement for SRI2020 are strongly encouraged and the Alternative dDesign sessions are a category designed for session ideas that do not fit easily within the other categories. Alternative dDesign sessions may take many forms – cafe style engagement, break-out groups, shark-tank style competitions, announcements, art, music, storytelling and other formats are all encouraged.
SRI2020 will be a medium for a highly innovative and interactive learning experience. As such, if your group believes that your session would be best delivered in an adapted format of one of these categories, please include the specifications in your proposal. Many of the sessions could also be held virtually.
Please note that there will be a subsequent call for demonstrations and individual abstracts.
Click the button below to be taken to the application portal, which contains more information on what SRI2020 is looking for in a session proposal, the selection criteria and more.