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Do you have an idea for a session that you would like to see featured at the 2016 AER Conference? If so, we invite you to contribute to our Call for Conference Session Proposals. Your input will ensure that the Conference Planning Committees consider a broad and rich spectrum of topics and speakers.
Conference session proposals can be submitted for two categories of session:
Plenary sessions include panels, Great Debates, and Living Room Conversations. There are typically three plenary sessions running concurrently, meaning that each of these sessions addresses a relatively large percentage of the audience. The plenary sessions are designed to cover the "30,000 foot" perspective on timely, important, complex, and thought-provoking issues in research ethics, and proposals should seek to cover multiple perspectives on ethical, conceptual, and policy issues that will be of interest to a broad range of individuals involved in the human subjects research and protections fields. There are seven plenary categories the Conference Planning Committee seeks to fill with at least one session every year. Plenary submitters are especially encouraged to submit a session that fits into one of these categories:
- Regulations/government policy
- Social, behavioral, and educational research
- Ethical/conceptual issues in research protections
- New research methods/research innovations
- Research subject perspectives
- Hot topics for debate
- International research
Plenaries generally involve one moderator and three panelists, depending on the session format.
Breakout sessions, which include workshop (interactive) and didactic (presentation-based) sessions, are smaller sessions that address more narrow topics. Breakout sessions tend to be more hands-on; attendees come to breakout sessions to learn best practices, discuss examples and case studies, and emerge with practical strategies that they can take back to their home institution. There are between 20 and 26 concurrent breakout sessions, and they are organized into thematic tracks. Breakout sessions feature between two to three speakers depending on the topic.
Those ideas that are of interest to the Conference Planning Committees and that meet the submission guidelines, will be accepted in their entirety* and noted on the program with an icon. Please note that, each year, PRIM&R receives many ideas for inclusion on the program. In order to accurately assess all ideas, as well as to plan accordingly for how sessions get placed on the schedule, ideas for the meeting will only be accepted via the Call for Conference Session Proposals and by the deadline date listed below. Ideas accepted after that date will not be considered.
*PRIM&R reserves the right to modify proposals slightly to keep with program formatting, style, etc. The Conference Planning Committees will, wherever possible, accept the recommendations for speakers, but may suggest adding other speakers to help with diversity of perspectives.
Date: November 14 - November 16, 2016
Venue: 2016 AER Conference (Anaheim, CA)