Call for Presentations

Presentations Come From Your Ideas, Research, Case Studies, and Content

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS UPDATE: Because we were unable to hold the 2020 Environment Virginia Symposium, it is our intent to bring much of the pertinent content planned for that conference to the 2021 event. Therefore, we will not hold a call for presentations for the 2021 conference, but will work with our statewide program advisory committee during the fall to review our planned sessions and update/refine them as needed. We look forward to offering a robust conference experience in 2021.

Environmental Topic Areas Include:

  • Air pollution, regulation & permitting
  • Agriculture/Forestry/Tourism
  • Career Development
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation Innovation Technology
  • Cultural Resources
  • Energy
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Environmental Management
  • Fish & Wildlife/Aquaculture
  • Industry Best Practices/Compliance/Sustainability
  • Land
  • Management Systems
  • Public Sector of Best Practices & Sustainability
  • Tourism: Eco, Agricultural, Green
  • Transportation
  • Waste/Recycling
  • Water

The symposium had a holistic approach to the environment by embracing issues related to policies, regulations, current and projected environmental issues, research, and statistical work, strategies and solutions. ~ Survey Respondent




Each year, the Environment Virginia Symposium features a combination of invited plenary speakers, invited break-out session presenters, and presenters chosen based on abstracts received during our call for presentations.

If you have an idea for a presentation you’d like to share with the environmental professional community, we invite you to submit an abstract. 

  • Who may submit an abstract?
    We invite submissions from businesses, government agencies, academia, and nonprofit organizations – as long as your content is relevant to Virginia’s environment.
  • When is the deadline for submitting proposals?
    The deadline for submission of presentation proposals will be sometime in September.
  • Why should I present?
    The Environment Virginia Symposium is a community experience of shared expertise and networking; therefore, accepted presenters are expected to participate in the entire conference as registered attendees.  Presenters will be able to register for the conference at a reduced rate.  We will send information regarding reduced rate registration in an email to accepted presenters. 

Additionally, presenters will benefit from the following:

  • Recognition from your peers as an expert in their field
  • Acknowledgment as a presenter on the conference website and in the program booklet
  • Representation for your organization by discussing current projects and/or research
  • We will post the full conference schedule in early February 2020.

What are the audience demographics?

The nearly 600 attendees include professionals from all over the Commonwealth and from every sector of the environmental community – government, industry, non-profits, and academia who meet to discuss collective issues and exchange ideas, best practices and knowledge.

What are the submission guidelines?

  • Submit your proposal abstract electronically.  It should contain fewer than 250 words.

  • Indicate the topic area of your presentation in the online form.

  • You may choose to present your proposal in either a traditional presentation format (15 minutes) or as a panel discussion (45 minutes).

  • For panel presentations, please list each individual with their area of expertise.  Strong panel presentations will include individuals with expertise from a variety of disciplines and organizations. We will also need their contact information so that we may reach out to those individuals and have them register for the conference.  This will ensure they also receive timely notifications and all pertinent details from us.

  • Your presentation should emphasize at least some of the following concepts: Conservation, Regulation, Sustainability, Best Practices, Innovative Ideas, Technology, Case Studies, Success Stories, and Challenges.
  • You will need to provide the following:
    • Objectives/Outcomes/Goals (italicized text provides you with an example only)
    • This presentation will … discuss the benefits and implications of implementing the Clean Power Plan for individual consumers, industries and the environment.
    • Conference attendees will be … introduced to the new carbon emission regulations established in the Clean Power Plan.
    • Following this presentation, conference attendees will be able to … evaluate and critique the possible solutions to curb carbon emissions in order to be in compliance with the Clean Power Plan.
    • Challenges and/or lessons learned
    • Successes and/or failures
    • Methodologies
    • Target audience
    • Application possibilities for other professionals and/or organizations 

What is the review process?

A panel of three to five experts in a blind review process will judge based on the following criteria:

  • Measurable/demonstrated environmental improvement and/or impact
  • Incorporation of research data and/or case studies
  • Significance to environmental professionals from a variety of disciplines
  • Topical – address current and future environmental concerns
  • Ability to replicate in other businesses, governments or organizations
  • Relevance to Virginia and other Mid-Atlantic states
  • Only a select number of presentations will be accepted due to limited availability in the conference schedule.

When will I know if my submission was accepted?

We will notify you by the third week in December concerning whether or not your proposal was selected for presentation at this year’s conference.

If we choose your presentation, you must be available to present on either Tuesday, or Wednesday, or Thursday. In other words, you must have the dates of the conference clear to present at any time during the event so we may organize the sessions and group them to deconflict topic areas as much as possible.  We will provide you with an adequate notification regarding the date and time when your presentation will take place so that you may also make the necessary arrangements.