Skip to main content
Add Me To Your Mailing List

HomeCall for Sessions

AESS 2012 Annual Meeting

Conference Theme: “Preparing for our Environmental Future”

21-24 June, Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.

Call for Individual Papers/Presentations
Workshops, Symposia, Panels, and Roundtables

The 2012 annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) will be held on 21-24 June 2012 in the sunny campus of the Santa Clara University in California. We invite your participation. 

Our call for conference presentations occurs in two parts:

1) Call for sessions (Deadline Passed)
2) Call for individual papers/presentations (Deadline: 1 March 2012)

Call for Sessions
In the first call we solicited proposals for pre-organized workshops, symposia, panels, and roundtables in which all (or a substantial number of) scholars had already agreed to participate. 

Session proposals deadline has passed.

Call for individual Papers/Presentations

The second call is for individual abstracts for presentation panel and poster presentations. AESS will make every effort to group individual papers/presentations together as thematic sessions, and may assign individual proposals to unfilled sessions developed from the first call.

Individual proposal deadline: 1 March 2012.

Click HERE to download the program and session descriptions 
from the AESS 2011 conference.

GUIDELINES: Call for individual Papers/Presentations 

If you are associated with an accepted Presentation Panel, you still need to submit an individual abstract. Please indicate the panel title in your abstract submission.

For everyone else, follow these steps:

(1) choose session type

(2) compose your abstract

(3) create descriptors of your topic area

(4) submit your abstract.

Each step is explained further below. 

There are two (2) session types to choose from: 

Presentation Panels

Poster Session.

Presentation Panels

Presentation panels are designed for presentation of research or other scholarly AESS-related endeavors. They consist of3-4 presenterswho are each allotted approximately 20-30 minutes (time includes presentation and discussion). Presentation panels are1.5 hours in length, and will take place on June 22, 23, and 24in parallelwith discussion symposia and otherpresentation panels. 

Poster Session

The poster session will take place during a reception on the Saturday evening of the conference. Poster presenters are expected to accompany their poster during the reception. Guidelines will be provided to those whose posters are accepted.

Your abstract should be no longer than 300 words.

Please include:


overview of content type: 

o For example, empirical research results, theoretical contribution, project description, pedagogical experiment, presentation of artistic work, personal or institutional experience, etc. 

statement of content:

o Provide sufficient information that we can judge the quality of your proposal and its relevance to the conference. 

o For example, research results might include focal question, method, results and conclusion; pedagogical experiment might include description of experiment, outcomes and lessons learned; presentation of artistic work might include creation of the work, presentation to the public and potential impact; etc. 

justification for presentation:

o This might include applicability to the conference theme,contribution to your field, connection to the mission and goals of AESS and the broader environmental studies and sciences community,and/orscholarly and professional merit. 

We expect a tremendous variety of proposals. To assist the Program Committee in grouping presentations into coherent sessions, please briefly describe your topic area. 

The submission form contains a box for up to five (5) terms that describe the thematic content of your proposal, similar to “key words” for a journal article submission but at a more general level. 

Create a set of ‘higher order’ terms that best describe your proposal – using terms such as environmental history, climate change, marine policy, campus sustainability, ESS pedagogy, environmental psychology, environmental theatre, biodiversity loss, sustainable development in Africa, ESS programming, etc., etc.

To submit your abstract, please click the silver box at the top of this page which reads, "Click Here to Submit a Proposal."

AESS themes

AESS is proud of its breadth. To continue our efforts to reach out, we encourage abstracts that:

combinescholarship from multiple disciplines—physical and natural sciences; social sciences, humanities, and the arts; professional schools

bring together theory and practice

blend experience in government, business, foundations, and other areas of society

are submitted by students, faculty, or administrators

are submitted byEnvironmentalists of Color

are submitted by practicing artists

enhance conference participants’ awareness of a sense of place—in the case of the AESS 2012 conference in Santa Clara, this meansthat we encourage proposals with a geographic focus on the San Francisco Bay Area and California.

Limitations on Submissions: 
Individuals may submit more than one proposal. However, the Program Committee reserves the right to select from among a suite of proposals from a single author.

Registration Requirements:
In order to be included in the 2012 AESS conference program, all presenters must be registered and paid in full. Participants who do not comply may be dropped from the conference program.

Financial support: 
AESS and the 2012 AESS conference organizers are not responsible for obtaining funds to support speaker or participant travel to the meeting, and cannot guarantee that any support will be available. 

Abstracts are reviewed by the AESS Program Committee. Notice of acceptance or rejection of individual presentations will be sent out in mid-March. Following this, the committee will organize accepted presentations into sessions. Every effort will be made to group them into coherent thematic areas. Notice of your session assignment will be sent out by lateMarch, about 3 months before the start of the conference. 

If you have questions, contact Ken Wilkening, chair of the AESS Program Committee, at