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2019 EWB-USA Conference Call for Proposals

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2019 EWB-USA Conference Call for Proposals

Celebrate, Collaborate, and Accelerate with your EWB-USA Network


Conference Location: Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA

Conference Dates: November 7-9, 2019

EWB-USA invites you to submit a proposal to this year's national conference to celebrate and share the many ways engineers are making an impact around the world. EWB-USA welcomes presentations from technical and non-technical professionals, faculty, and students. Sessions and poster topics can include engineered development solutions, case studies from international and domestic projects, and examinations of managing volunteer projects, just to name a few. The common factor linking all accepted proposals is relevance to and advancement of infrastructure that empowers communities and meets their basic human needs.

Audience: Approximately 700 participants, comprised of student and professional EWB members, and non-members.

Who should present:

We welcome presentations from technical and non-technical professionals, faculty, and students. Topics proposed should be relevant to and advancement of infrastructure that empowers communities and meets their basic human needs.


EWB-USA welcomes proposals related to engineered development solutions, case studies from international and domestic projects, examinations of managing volunteer projects, and other timely topics that affect or support EWB-USA’s work in the field. Concurrent Session topic tracks will be built around submitted proposals. Please keep in mind EWB-USA’s mission and vision as you put your proposal together.

  • Agriculture
  • Chapter Management and Activities
  • Civil Works (roads, bridges, etc)
  • Climate Resilience
  • Culture
  • Disaster
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Energy
  • Project Management
  • Sanitation
  • Structures
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Water Supply and/or Treatment
  • Other

What will be provided onsite: Laptop with PowerPoint, screen, projector, and microphones will be provided in each room.

Considerations for Proposals

The Technical Program Committee will review and select proposals for this year’s conference. Special consideration will be given to proposals that include the following:

  • Engineered solutions: Include ideas that will help participants think differently and foster further discussion.
  • New and timely content: Bring new ideas and concepts.
  • Outcomes: Illustrate ongoing program improvement and projects with impact.
  • SDGs: Demonstrate capacity development and technical assistance within six major project categories, each of which contributes to one of more SDG’s.
  • Diversity: We strive to foster dialogue and idea-sharing among participants with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.
  • Relevance and application to EWB-USA projects.

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the volunteer Technical Program Committee. EWB-USA will have the final decision for acceptances and determination of scheduling for sessions.

Terms and Conditions

Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Final determination of included presentations will be made by the volunteer Technical Program committee. Proposals may be accepted in a format other than originally submitted. For example, if you apply for a concurrent session, but the sessions are full, we may ask you to present it as a poster.  Furthermore, similar topics may be combined with other applicants to form a combined presentation.

Conference Registration and Payment

Your registration to attend the 2019 EWB-USA Conference acts as your acceptance to present. All accepted presenters are required to register, attend, and pay for the 2019 EWB-USA Conference. Selected speakers are responsible for all expenses incurred in conjunction with the Conference, including registration, housing and travel. All parties associated with the submission will be listed within the final program, with the exception of those individuals submitting on another's behalf. If your submission is accepted, you will have time to update or change presenters as needed.

Submitting your Proposal

This year’s conference will offer several session formats, including pre-conference workshops, concurrent sessions, facilitated topic discussions, and a poster session. More information about formats listed below. Proposal submitters will identify a preferred format in their proposal; however, the Technical Program Committee may suggest alternative formats when appropriate. All proposals must be submitted through Proposal Space. Simply choose the appropriate session format when submitting.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Proposals must be submitted no later than Sunday, June 2, 2019 (11:59 MST).
  • Acceptances will be announced in August.
  • Lead Authors of accepted proposals must confirm their participation by Friday, September 13, 2019.
  • ALL Presenters must register by September 13, 2019 (please note the conference is self-supporting, there are no speaker discounts). Registration acts as your acceptance to present.


Session Formats

Due to the high caliber of both speakers and attendees — EWB-USA members at the forefront of their fields — we emphasize peer-to-peer learning experiences, through workshops, concurrent sessions, facilitated discussion, and poster presentations. Accepted presenters must be prepared to present based on the dates listed below.

The following session type will be hosted on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity for in-depth training relevant to EWB-USA. Previous workshops have included hands-on solar and solar pump training, project management, and ATC 20/45 Building Safety Evaluation. Pre-conference workshops are conducted either as a full-day or half-day and are typically eligible for PDH’s and CEU’s. The cost for participants to attend a pre-conference workshop will be in addition to conference fees.

The following Sessions types will be hosted Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, 2018.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Sessions will overlap with other sessions taking place at the same time. Presentations in these Sessions will focus on research, theory, concepts, practices, and case studies related to EWB-USA's Mission and Vision. Sessions are 45 minutes in length, 30 minutes of presentation followed by 10-15 minutes of Q&A. Related presentations will be grouped to form a topic track.

Creative Programming

EWB-USA welcomes and encourages creative programming as discussions, panels, and activities can be an engaging format.  The programming should fit within a 90 minute time period. Potential formats:

  • Facilitated topic discussions (guided discussion in an informal setting)
  • Panel discussion (up to 3 panelists and 1 facilitator)
  • Demonstration (technology, software, etc.)

Poster Presentations

Posters are a great way to highlight a case study or an aspect of your chapter’s work. Posters will be set up on 4-foot x 6-foot boards throughout the conference with a designated time for authors to be present. Poster presenters are required to produce, print, and transport their poster to the conference.


This call is no longer accepting submissions.