2012 North American Snow Conference accepting presentation proposals

2012 North American Snow Conference

April 29 – May 2, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Proposal submission deadline: August 31, 2011

Online Submission Form

The North American Snow Conference is renowned for its top notch education program and now is your chance to be a part of it. Energizing keynote speakers and snow and ice experts will be on-hand to moderate more than 40 education sessions, roundtable discussions, and technical tours.

What topics are we looking for?

The North American Snow Conference offers education to both public works and airport snowfighters. We are looking for speakers with new perspectives and fresh and innovative twists to the usual winter maintenance topics:

Clever solutions to age-old problems

Best practices for winter maintenance planning and operations

Anti-icing techniques and tips

Chemical usage and selection

Environmental impacts of winter maintenance practices

GPS/AVL uses

Snowfighting equipment

Strategies for plowing and disposal

Effective operator training programs

Community outreach/citizen interaction

Submission Guidelines:

Online submissions only

Submission deadline: August 31, 2011

Learning Objectives: All proposals must include three (3) learning objectives that indicate exactly how the attendee will benefit from the presentation. Instructions for developing appropriate learning objectives are included on the online form.

Session Length: Presentations at this conference are 50 minutes in length.

No Sales-pitches Please: Direct promotions of products, services, or monetary self-interest are not appropriate education sessions. APWA members are traditionally vocal in their displeasure with sessions that appear to be sales presentations or promotions. APWA audiences prefer sessions that present case studies from the user perspective.

Registration and travel expenses: Speakers at APWA’s North American Snow Conference are also considered attendees of the event and are expected to pay their own travel expenses and the appropriate member or non-member registration fee. If you plan to only attend on the day of your presentation, you may qualify for a complimentary single-day registration.

Paid Professional Trainers and Speakers are welcome to use the Online Submission Form, but be sure to check the “paid speaker” box.

How Are Presentations Selected?

All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by a committee of public works/winter maintenance professionals. The evaluation process is competitive based on these criteria: (1) Relevance and Clarity (learning objectives are clearly stated using active verbs indicating exactly what the benefit would be to the learners); (2) Practical Application (presentation provides take-away knowledge material that can used by the learners in their day-to-day work settings); (3) Leading-edge (presentation addresses critical issues, emerging trends, innovative methods and technologies.)

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