individual oral presentations

Instructions and Judgment Criteria

On this page, you'll find detailed instructions for how to put together a 2018 Natural Areas Conference Individual Oral Presentation Proposal. 

When you have read through the instructions and are ready to submit your proposal, scroll down this page and press the PROPOSAL SUBMISSION button to get started. 

Proposals are due by May 18, 2018

Thank you for considering the development of a presentation for the Natural Areas Conference! We appreciate your efforts to bring the very best of your knowledge and insight to a wider audience at the conference, and to help us make this event as engaging, collaborative and cutting-edge for your colleagues as possible. We are pleased to provide a venue for you to advance discussion of natural areas topics to this audience.

Please check for this year’s conference theme and topics. We ask that all proposals connect to the theme and fall under the heading of one or more of our announced topics. We also ask that you consider our audience, which is primarily people involved in on-the-ground management and adaptation work, when submitting your proposal.

How are individual presentations different from a Symposium or Poster presentation?
An individual presentation is a single talk which takes place in a 30-minute time slot, with 10 minutes for Q&A and discussion. It is important to note that at the Natural Areas Conference, each presenter during a session takes responsibility for fostering an engaging Q&A and discussion period for their own presentation, by having in mind several questions that can engage attendees on the themes and ideas they present. An individual presentation can stand on its own, although the program committee may choose to place your presentation, if accepted, within a Symposium. However, an individual presentation is not proposed as part of a Symposium. A Poster presentation is specifically for those who submit a poster abstract, and the associated presentation is given at the Poster Session and Reception, not during sessions. The program committee may also opt to offer you an opportunity to present your work in the form of a Poster, rather than an oral presentation.

Who should consider submitting a proposal for an individual presentation?
We encourage anyone in, or currently a student of, the natural areas profession who wants to share useful, actionable results and information for their colleagues to consider a proposal once they have looked at our proposal review criteria. It is important to note that our conference emphasizes on-the-ground solutions for land managers, rather than data for its own sake, and those considering a proposal should bear this in mind. All presenters will be required to register for the conference and cover their registration cost and associated expenses. We suggest that prospective presenters consider how they will pay for these costs before or at the time of submitting a proposal, as applying for and receiving financial support from any organization can be time-consuming, and NAA only makes conference scholarships available to full-time students on a competitive basis.


Our proposal submission form will ask for the following information, so please have everything assembled before beginning your electronic submission. Click here to see an example of a complete proposal - you will be asked for BOTH the information requested below AND the entire proposal during the submission process. We will print the abstract of all accepted presentations in a document accessible online to all those considering attendance at the conference.
  • Name, email, and phone of presenter – indicate whether you are a full-time student
  • An abstract (not to exceed 400 words).
    See example: Establishing conservation priorities for the Central Grassland of North America requires sound knowledge of the distribution and ecology of endemic and at-risk plants. A growing body of floristic and ecological research provides data for the first full enumeration of the endemic plants of the region. A total of 382 plant taxa are identified as endemic to the Central Grassland, which encompasses the full extent of the tallgrass, mixed-grass, and shortgrass prairies plus floristically related ecological systems that adjoin and/or interdigitate with these grasslands including savanna-open woodland systems, shrub-steppe, and rock outcrop communities. Nine regional concentrations of endemic taxa are identified as centers of endemism for the Central Grassland: Arkansas Valley Barrens, Edwards Plateau, Llano Estacado Escarpments, Llano Uplift, Mescalero-Monahans Dunes, Niobrara-Platte Tablelands, Raton Tablelands, Red Bed Plains, and Reverchon Rocklands. Most of the endemics (299 taxa or 78%) are habitat specialists, associated with rock outcrop, sand, hydric, or riparian habitats. Fifty-nine percent of Central Grassland endemics (225 taxa) are rock outcrop specialists, with most of these associated with carbonate rock types. Of Central Grassland endemics, 124 (33%) are of conservation concern (G1/T1-G3/T3) and 78 (63%) of these at-risk taxa are primarily associated with one of the centers of endemism. Insular ecosystems such as rock outcrop communities, sandhills, and playa wetlands support the greatest concentrations of endemic and at-risk plants in the Central Grasslands
  • Conference topic to which the proposal is related
  • Option to be part of the Student Competition, either as a student to be judged or a judge yourself

Individual Presentation Proposal Review Criteria
All proposals will be reviewed and scored by the conference program committee according to the criteria below. The program committee will also consider how the proposed session relates to other proposed sessions and fits into the overall program. The committee may accept, decline, or offer an opportunity to present the proposed work in a revised format.
  • Proposed presentation seeks to share information and results on a compelling and germane topic to the conference theme
  • Summarizes important advances or concepts related to the conference theme
  • Content is focused on applied concerns, and topic is of clear interest and importance to managers/practitioners
NOTE: Each presenter will be required to register for the conference and cover their registration cost and associated expenses.



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