Deadline: January 31st, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.
The American Society of Landscape Architects is currently accepting presentation submissions for the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and EXPO, which will be held October 19-22, 2018 in Philadelphia.
The goal of the annual meeting education program is to provide professional development opportunities which address the diversity of practice types in the profession. Meeting attendees can earn up to 21 PDH from a well-balanced education program that focuses on the topics that ASLA members value and require in their day-to-day practices.
Education session speakers selected from this process will receive a full complimentary registration to the ASLA 2018 Annual Meeting and may also be eligible for reimbursement for one night's hotel stay at an official ASLA hotel (estimated $750 value).
Landscape architecture professionals (graduates of accredited landscape architecture programs) wishing to present at the Philadelphia meeting need to be active members of ASLA.
Allied professionals are encouraged to both submit presentations and speak but are not required to be members of the Society.
As a professional courtesy, speakers are encouraged to limit themselves to no more than three session submissions.
What to include in a proposal submission
In order to successfully submit a presentation for consideration, all presenters must sign the speaker terms and agreement prior to the January 31st submission deadline. TIP:
Don't wait until the last day to begin the submission process.
Additionally, the following items are needed for each presentation: speaker names with a biography, a session title, marketing statement, learning objectives, and session outline. Submissions should also speak to panel diversity and audience engagement.
- Education Session - Panel Format: One moderator facilitates a discussion between 1-3 panelists (50-60 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, total time = 90 minutes), with no more than four presenters.
- Education Session - Presentation Format: 1-3 speakers who co-present (50-60 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, total time = 90 minutes), with no more than three presenters.
- Field Session: Multiple speakers offer education combined with a field experience. NOTE: Field sessions are organized through the host chapter committee leaders. Please contact them at email@example.com. Final submissions must be submitted through this website.
1. The average meeting attendee has 15-20 years of professional experience. Presentations should be geared toward an intermediate to advanced audience. Spend less time on overviews and more time on specifics and technical information.
2. Submissions should focus on a topic/trend/principal/issue supported by multiple case studies, rather than submissions featuring one case study or firm.
3. Presentations can be made more valuable when designed with a panel that includes multiple voices or varying points of view. Consider including co-presenters and panelists from diverse backgrounds, allied organizations, collaborative partners from other design disciplines, clients, competitors, researchers, commercial vendors, specifiers, practitioners, etc.
4. Submissions from commercial vendors or allied organizations are more favorably reviewed if they include a landscape architect (an ASLA member) who uses their product or service. Consider inviting a competitor to compare and contrast technologies and their applications. Avoid sounding like a commercial for your product, and instead share your knowledge as an industry expert. If your company conducts research, share that information in your presentation. All sessions will be submitted to the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System ™ (LA CES), which requires sessions to be exempt from product-specific proprietary information and the naming of specific products.
5. ASLA discourages education session presentations specific to the host city. Field
sessions are the most appropriate venue to focus on local interests, while the education sessions focus on topics/trends/principles/issues applicable to members from across the country. We aim to offer a program of national interest. Note: Field sessions are organized through the host chapter committee leaders.
6. ASLA meeting staff reserves the role of selecting firms to be highlighted in the Inside the LA Studio series and does not consider self-promotional submissions from individual firms through the Call for Presentations. Selection for this series is honorific in nature, as it looks to celebrate a firm’s substantial collective contribution to the profession.
Sample Submission Materials
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Submission Evaluation and Selection
The selection process for the ASLA Annual Meeting Education Program is competitive. Only 1 in 4 presentations will be selected. The ASLA Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee (AMEAC) will review, evaluate, and score submissions using the following criteria:
- Relevance to the profession of landscape architecture
- Clearly stated and achievable learning objectives
- Timeliness of the topic
- Subject matter appeal
- Appropriate audience type and expertise level (intermediate, advanced)
- Speaker qualifications and diversity
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|December 6, 2017
||Call for Presentations Opens
|January 31, 2018
||Deadline for submitting proposals (11:59 PM PST)
||ASLA Annual Meeting Education Advisory Committee (AMEAC) evaluates proposals and makes recommendations
|March 20-31, 2018
||Selection notifications sent to proposers
|October 19-22, 2018
||Education sessions take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center