Call for Posters

Brownfields 2017 Call for Posters closes July 31, 2017. Submit your Poster Presentation today!

To download a PDF of this Call for Submissions page, click here.


Conference Topic Areas

The conference planning committee is looking for ideas in the following topic areas/tracks:

  • Track 1: Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency
  • Track 2: Financing Options, Real Estate, & Economic Development
  • Track 3: Community Case Studies
  • Track 4: Innovations in Planning, Design, Technology and Tools
  • Track 5: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
  • Track 6: State, Tribal and Local Government Programs & Partnerships
  • Track 7: Liability and Enforcement & Cleanup and Remediation Approaches
  • International Track

Poster Gallery 

Showcased in the exhibit hall, poster presentations are on display throughout the entire conference. Scheduled “poster breaks” and other events on the trade show floor provide exclusive viewing time to conference attendees. Awards for the Best Overall Poster and a People’s Pick encourage attendees to visit the poster area and learn how they can address brownfields in their communities. (Poster Dimensions: 8′ wide by 4′ high)

  • Presentation Title
  • Presenter information
  • Abstract
  • Educational Track

Educational Programming Session Formats

You have options for submitting ideas in a variety of formats.  Preferred formats include town hall meetings, round table discussions, and learning lounges.

This year we are seeking ideas for “pre-conference training workshops”—a new format and opportunity to help our attendees with real-world practical skill-building sessions.   We also will accept proposals from subject area experts to give “lunch talks”—sessions that will educate your audience on a well-defined topic and engage stakeholders in lively Q & A during the lunch hour.

  • Town Hall Meeting (60 minutes) – Lively discussion led by a moderator and a panel of two leaders or experts in a specific topic or area of interest.  Speakers briefly present a topic for discussion, which is followed by conversation between the panelists and the audience through a moderated Q&A, sharing of experiences, and a forum for voicing challenges and solutions.  Proposed Town Hall Meeting sessions must include:
    • Session title
    • Summary of the proposed topic
    • List of questions for discussion
    • Explanation of why the topic will be of interest to the proposed audience
    • Credentials of one moderator and two session leaders or panelists
  • Roundtable Discussions (60 minutes) – A rapid fire, discussion-oriented session format that is led by one or two topic experts.  Session leaders quickly present a topic that translates within minutes to a facilitated conversation between and among the audience participants.  The room is set with round tables and a podium.  No PowerPoint presentations.  The room will be configured to allow for actively engaging the entire audience and/or small group discussions on questions or topics put forth by the session leader(s).  Proposed discussion sessions must include:
    • Session title
    • Summary of the proposed topic
    • List of questions for discussion
    • Description of the target audience
    • Credentials of the one or two topic experts who will lead the session.
  • Learning Lounge (30 minutes) – An extremely popular format first introduced at Brownfields 2015, learning lounge sessions are short talks on big issues.   For each learning lounge timeslot, there will be thematically similar sessions running concurrently and an “expert bar” where attendees can ask questions on the topics being discussed within the learning lounges.  Each learning lounge session is a single 15-minute presentation by one presenter followed by 15 minutes of Q&A from the audience.  Proposed learning lounge sessions must include:
    • Session title
    • Summary of the proposed topic
    • Description of the target audience
    • Credentials of the proposed speaker
  • Lunch Talks (45 minutes) – One expert presents a talk in his or her area of interest and leads a question-and-answer session, similar to Ted Talks.  Topics must have a wide appeal and the speaker must be an expert in the topic presented.  Participants are giving up their lunch hour to hear you speak, so make it worth their while, teach them something, and be interesting and dynamic!  Proposed lunch talks must include:
    • Summary of the proposed topic
    • Relevance to the expected audience
    • Credentials of the expert speaker
  • Panel Discussions (60 minutes) – Panel consisting of one moderator and no more than two speakers who are recognized experts in a specific topic, and who generally have different viewpoints or experiences within the specific topic. The moderator will lead the panel discussion and follow-on question and answers. Sessions must be tailored to encourage and allow for audience interaction.  At least 15 minutes of the hour-long session must be devoted to questions and answers. Proposed panel sessions must include:
    • Summary of the proposed topic
    • Explanation of why the topic is important to the audience
    • Description of the target audience
    • Credentials of the moderator and (no more than) two speakers
  • Pre-conference Training Workshops (1–4 hours) – New for 2017, we are soliciting proposals for a limited number of training workshops that are designed to help participants elevate and enrich their skills and knowledge in practitioner-oriented adult learning workshops.  Presenters must be experts in the topic presented and have demonstrated experience as a trainer or educator.  All training workshops will be held on Monday, December 4 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Proposals for training workshops must include:
    • Summary of the topic
    • Relevance to the expected audience
    • List of learning objectives
    • Curriculum outline
    • Resumes or CVs of all proposed speakers

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