Deadline has passed.
Program Committee invites proposals for
session/oral presenters must register for the conference and at
least one poster author is required to register. Abstracts can be
submitted during the registration process
on the registration form, or can be submitted separately using the
Abstract Submission Only form, if the presenter prefers to submit
abstracts separately from registration. (Note that presenters must
still register for the meeting.) The separate form also allows the
presenter to submit more than one abstract if the presenter desires
to submit for both a presentation and a poster.
authors may propose no more than one 10-minute oral presentation
or 45/90-minute session. In addition, individuals may submit one
poster abstract as first author. The Program Committee will select
those papers and sessions of greatest general interest. Early submissions
are strongly encouraged and will be weighed in the Committee's decisions,
but it is not a guarantee of acceptance. Authors are strongly encouraged
to collaborate with co-authors from other institutions for the longer
standard audiovisual package available to presenters includes LCD
projector and screen, and flip charts. Internet access will be available
as well. Any other AV needs must be arranged through the hotel at
your own expense; contact us for a hotel contact to make requests.
Theme and Strands
How Do I Decide Which Sort of Presentation to Propose?
Theme and Strands
encourage contributions for the following meeting strands to engage
participants in focused discussions of particular areas of education
and public outreach. Please note that orals and posters that do
not fit these exact strands are also welcome.
Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future
International Year of Astronomy (IYA) and the Year of Science (YOS)
in 2009 provide singular opportunities to raise public awareness
of astronomy, science of all sorts, and the value of scientific
investigation and science education. How can we build on the momentum
of IYA and YOS, sustain initiatives begun in 2009, and deal with
challenges ranging from No Child Left Behind and creationism to
economic issues and embracing new technologies? How do we advance
science literacy and encourage careers among the young in STEM disciplines?
What lies ahead and how do we navigate an evolving landscape? What
skills will we need, how do we engage scientists in the effort,
what forms will professional development for EPO practitioners take?
In a year when science is on the national stage, join colleagues
from around the U.S. and the world to discuss, share and plan for
our science future.
meeting program will be organized in thematic "strands"
One: Building on the Momentum of the International Year of Astronomy
are you doing for IYA? How is it going? How do you intend to keep
it going? What techniques can you share?
Two: Connecting the Sciences in the Year of Science
EPO practitioners of different sciences. How can we cross-pollinate
and share techniques and experiences? How are you connecting to
other sciences? How can we jointly promote and achieve greater science
Three: Refining Our Practice
are you doing? How are you doing it better, and what can you share?
How will doing it this way refine our efforts and provide good models
and practices for the future?
Four: Bridging to the Future
are the challenges and opportunities you see ahead? How can we (or
how have you) addressed these strategically? What are you doing
to get there? How can we advance our common goals?
welcome proposals for sessions that reflect the conference theme
"Science Education and Outreach: Forging a Path to the Future."
Sessions should enable participants to discuss synthesized knowledge
in the EPO field, to explore methodologies for understanding whether
projects and programs accomplish stated goals, to apply research
findings to current challenges in the field, to think strategically,
and to build skills.
should provide participants with novel insights, techniques, or
suggestions that they can incorporate into their own programs and
activities. Presenters wishing to review results from individual
projects and programs should submit poster presentations or 10-minute
orals instead of longer sessions.
can include (but are not limited to):
Mini-Workshops/Panel Sessions: hands-on workshop sessions or
interactive panel discussions that will enable participants to explore
new approaches to and best practices for education and public outreach.
Workshops should include only limited lecture time and should increase
participants' skills in planning, developing, evaluating, disseminating,
or conducting education or public outreach programs. Panel sessions
should emphasize interactive roundtable discussions that allow audiences
to explore a small number of related products, programs, or techniques;
they should allow for interactive discussions.
Development Sessions: sessions for presenters to explore best
practices and new approaches in education and public outreach. These
sessions should do more than just list the achievements of one project
or program; they should help build the skills of the participants.
Content should emphasize how to adopt and adapt elements of effective
products or programs, describe successful strategies that can be
implemented in other programs to increase their impact, and encourage
broad strategic thinking about issues in the EPO field. Some of
these sessions may have a particular networking focus, designed
to bring participants with a particular focus together to learn
from one another.
90-minute sessions are limited in number, we also encourage sessions
of more limited or targeted scope that can accomplish their specific
goals in 45-minute "half-sessions." If the number of 90-minute
session proposals exceeds space and time allotments, the Program
Committee may suggest that some be accepted as 45-minute time sessions.
Presenters of 45- or 90-minute sessions are expected to include
results of the sessions (in terms of findings produced, participant
input, etc.) in their proceedings write-ups.
ORALS AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS
are being accepted for 10-minute oral presentations and posters
that describe current projects, activities, outcomes, and lessons
learned from innovative or successful individual projects and programs
-- or provide announcements of events and programs or other kinds
of information useful to the EPO community.
are targeted contributions on specific topics presented in written
format (sometimes with pictures) and posted for everyone to read
on a series of bulletin boards set up for the meeting; these allow
for more extended discussions between presenter and inquirer or
allow the viewer to examine the material at a convenient time.
will be displayed a minimum of one day, and for longer if space
and numbers allow.
day of the conference there will be a special oral session (by topic)
in which poster paper authors will have the option of introducing
their papers for one minute each to whet the audience's appetite.
On the day of the oral session for their poster, authors are requested
to be available near their posters during the break following the
oral session. During all other breaks, staffing the posters is optional.
should fit within an area of 4 feet by 4 feet. Tables will be located
under the poster boards for handouts and sign-up sheets. Electrical
power and Internet connections are not available.
oral presentations are typically PowerPoint presentations of five
or six minutes before an assembled audience that offer program or
event highlights, bulleted results or findings, alerts, quick references,
and invitations for extended discussions later, followed by several
minutes of questions from the audience.
Do I Decide Which Sort of Presentation to Propose?
accomplishments, research data, web addresses, etc. are best presented
as handouts, 10-minute orals and/or poster papers. The 45-90-minute
sessions will be reserved for presentations that present hands-on
training or demonstrate techniques or materials that can be used
in other projects or programs.
example, poster papers or 10-minute orals are best for showing how
great your particular web site is and how many hits it gets, or
the results of research on how much people learned from the site.
The longer sessions are best for interacting with participants and
modeling best practices as you, for example, help them learn general
techniques of how to develop web sites that have been demonstrated
to work with middle school students and showing examples of several
web sites that are successfully being used by students.
methods and session formats can be used to ensure session outcomes
are achieved. Here is one example of a successful 90-minute session
90 minute session outline
will learn a range of strategies about TOPIC
will walk away with practical solutions they can use about
will contribute to generation of FAQ which will be followed
up via electronic communication regarding TOPIC lessons
Welcome, Introductions/Think Pair Share
What would you identify as the a) biggest benefit, b) biggest
challenge and c) biggest question you have about TOPIC
What is TOPIC: Tips from an expert (powerpoint presentation)
select 2 out of 3 tables to visit during the case-study time
where specific examples of strategies of TOPIC are presented.
Some of the handouts are useable generic solutions for the
issue of TOPIC.
Group Reflection/ Discussion of FAQ and practical solutions
Wrap-up, Evaluation of session.
Should Include Session Outcomes
must state the desired outcome(s) of the session in the box provided.
What will participants learn? How will the session move us forward
as professionals? What activities may emerge?
will be a limited number of tables for program handouts for those
who wish to show program materials without giving a formal paper.
For-profit companies will be required to sign up through Exhibitor
Registration for a table display at a minimal cost. Please note
that power and Internet access are not available at the tables.
No pre-registration is required to use these tables; just bring
200 copies of your handout or arrange to have them mailed to the