Call for Proposals: 2015 Sustainability Conference, due Jan. 16

| December 23, 2014
Strange Connections: The 2015 Webster University Sustainability Conference is March 27-28, emphasizing the diverse parties that come together in the name of sustainability.

Conference proposals, due Jan. 16, are sought for panel presentations, traditional talks, workshops and student poster presentations.

The annual Webster University Sustainability Conference has issued its call for proposals for the 2015 conference, which will take place Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, in the East Academic Building and Community Music School at the home campus in Webster Groves, Missouri.

With a theme of “Strange Connections: Innovation for Sustainability,” this year’s conference will emphasize the diverse parties and innovations that can come together in the name of sustainability. The conference committee seeks proposals that address unique connections and innovative partnerships in the name of collaborative sustainability.

The goal is to promote innovative thinking about sustainability, creating a space for critical discourse and respectful conversations representing a variety of viewpoints.

A limited number of proposals will be carefully selected to create focused sessions on critical issues within the field of sustainability.

Types of Sessions
  • Panel Presentations: These sessions will feature three or four speakers presenting a range of perspectives on a specific issue (10-15 minutes apiece), with questions to follow. Topics could include the connection between business and sustainability, or corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Other topics may be considered. In your abstract, make your area of expertise and position on the issue clear.
  • Traditional Sessions: These sessions will feature one speaker giving a traditional presentation of 20-30 minutes. Any sustainability-related topic, especially those that take innovative approaches to major problems, will be considered.
  • Workshops: These sessions, 45 minutes long, will give attendees practical knowledge and/or skills to improve sustainability in their lives and communities. These will occur on Friday, March 27, 2015.
  • Student Poster Presentations: Students at any university, college, or high school are invited to submit proposals for posters on innovative sustainability-related projects.

Each proposal should consist of a 250-word abstract and short biographical statement. Please make sure to indicate the type of session for which your proposal is designed. The committee reserves the right to assign the presentations to specific sessions.

Proposals are due by Jan. 16, 2015. Direct proposals and questions to sustainability@webster.edu.

Conference Highlights

Theme: Strange Connections: Innovation for Sustainability

Keynote Speaker: Mark “Puck” Mykleby, co-director at Strategic Innovation Lab, Case Western Reserve University, and a retired U.S. Marine colonel. Mykleby is co-author of “A National Strategic Narrative.” He will present his vision of a sustainable future for the nation.

Display: A Tesla Motors premium electric vehicle will be on display during the conference.

Panels, Speakers, Poster Presentations: Additional speakers and panel participants will be selected via the Call for Proposals process mentioned above. Check the Sustainability Conference section of the website for updates after the lineup is finalized.

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