Conference Symposium Proposal

A symposium provides an opportunity to examine specific problems, topics, or projects from a variety of perspectives. Papers presented in a symposium should be on the same theme and should complement each other. A symposium should provide an opportunity for presentations as well as dialogue, critique, and audience comments. Presentations should be organized within a 60-90 minute time period.

The organizer of a symposium is responsible for suggesting the topic, securing speakers, and arranging for a facilitator. If the symposium is accepted by the Program Committee, the organizer is responsible for assuring that everyone named as a participant (whether a presenter or facilitator) will be present at the meeting. If the organizer so desires, the Program Committee will secure a facilitator for the session. Should circumstances prevent a participant from attending the meeting, it is the organizer’s responsibility to secure a suitable replacement and notify the FERA Program Committee of the substitution as soon as possible. The organizer is responsible for notifying all other symposium participants. The Program Committee will notify only the organizer.

Anyone may submit a proposal, however presenters must be members of FERA and registered for the 2022 FERA Conference in order to be listed on the program. Proposals must be submitted electronically through the online FERA Proposal Submission System. Detailed instructions for using the online system can be found below.

During the submission process, you will be providing information on the following specific items.

  1. Title of the paper or symposium.
  2. Desired session format (paper, symposium, panel discussion, etc.).
  3. First author's name and institutional affiliation.
  4. First author's e-mail address, USPS address, and telephone number.
  5. Names of co-authors or co-presenters (if co-presenters will address different topics, such as in a symposium, list the topic for each co-presenter) and their institutional affiliations.
  6. If proposal is for a symposium, list the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer(s) and facilitator of the symposium.
  7. Abstract of the proposal. It should not exceed 100 words.
  8. Proposal Summary submitted as a file upload. The main body of the proposal text should not exceed five pages, double spaced. DO NOT IDENTIFY THE AUTHOR(S) OR THEIR INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATIONS ANYWHERE IN THE SUMMARY. This will provide for a blind review of the proposal.  This file should include:


a.      Title of the paper or symposium

e.                Methods

b.      Purpose

f.                 Results and conclusions

c.      Rationale and background

g.                Limitations

d.      Data source (population, sample, setting)

h.                Implications