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2018 EWB-USA Conference Call for Proposals

Engineers Without Borders

2018 EWB-USA Conference

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018 

Celebrate, Collaborate and Accelerate with EWB and your EWB Network

 EWB-USA invites you to submit a proposal to this year's national conference to celebrate and share the the many ways engineers are unlocking potential around the world. EWB-USA welcomes presentations from technical and non-technical professionals, faculty, and students. Previous session and poster topics have included innovative development solutions, case studies from international and domestic projects, and examinations of managing volunteer projects, 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. 

Conference Theme: Engineers Unlock Potential

Conference Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport

Conference Dates: November 8-10, 2018

Audience: Approximately 500 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. Previous session and poster topics have included innovative development solutions, case studies from international and domestic projects, and examinations of managing volunteer projects, 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.

Topics: EWB-USA welcomes proposals related to innovative 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/Project Management
  • Civil Works (roads, bridges, etc.)
  • Community Engagement/Education
  • Culture
  • Disaster
  • Energy
  • International

 

  • Innovation
  • Sanitation
  • Structures
  • U.S. and Territories
  • Volunteer Engagement
  • Water Supply
  • Water Treatment
  • Other

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 Conference 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.

Proposal Type Descriptions

Due to the high caliber of both speakers and attendees — EWB 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 8,, 2018.

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 9, and Saturday, November 10, 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.

Facilitated Topic Discussions (Round Tables)

Facilitated Discussions are not a formal presentation, but instead provide an opportunity to discuss a relevant topic in an informal setting. Meeting space will be provided to discuss and debate an EWB-USA relevant topic and all attendees are given a chance to participate. Proposals should include the name of facilitator(s), topic and proposed questions to facilitate discussion. These sessions are 90 minutes in length.

Special Topic/Panel Discussions

A Special Topic or Panel Discussion allows for several people to discuss a topic in front of an audience. Proposals for Special Topic/Panel Discussion should be relevant to the EWB-USA audience. All panelists should be included in the proposal at the time of submission, with a maximum of 4 panelists and 1 Facilitator. These sessions are 90 minutes in length.

Poster Presentations

Proposals submitted for poster presentations must demonstrate relevance to EWB-USA's Mission and Vision. Proposals submitted for poster presentation must also submit a PDF of the entire presentation by October 1, 2018 to be considered for the poster competition. Poster competition will include 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place (competition rules will be provided for accepted poster presentations). Posters will be set up throughout the conference with a designated time for authors to be present.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, June 1, 2018 (11:59 PST).
  • Acceptances will be announced on or about Wednesday, August 1, 2018.
  • Lead Presenters of accepted proposals must confirm their participation by Friday, September 14, 2018.
  • ALL Presenters must register by the Early Bird Registration Deadline September 14, 2018 (please note the conference is self-supporting, there are no speaker discounts). Registration acts as your acceptance to present. 

This call is no longer accepting submissions.