Session Types

With hundreds of educational sessions to choose from, presented in many different formats, each attendee can easily create a personalized schedule. Browse our sessions types below to learn more about the ones that appeal most to you.

Lightning Talks

Typically supported with few or no slides, lightning talks are fast-paced presentations of no more than 10 minutes given by a single presenter and focusing on a single idea or concept. Multiple lightning talks will be grouped together into larger thematic sessions. Lightning talks do not include Q&A from the audience. They take place concurrently during the main conference (i.e., Monday and Tuesday).

40-Minute Session

40-minute sessions typically include presenters from one or two institutions that share research findings, case studies and experiences on the proposed topic. The standard format is 25 to 30 minutes of presentation followed by 10 to 15 minutes of discussion and/or Q&A but we encourage alternative formats. They take place concurrently during the main conference (i.e., Monday and Tuesday).

90-Minute Session

90-minute sessions typically include presenters from multiple organizations and incorporate interactive or experiential elements. They are intended to provide a deeper exploration of an issue or topic than would be possible in a 40-minute session. They take place concurrently during the main conference (i.e., Monday and Tuesday).

Networking Meeting

Networking meetings are an opportunity for regional networks and other affinity groups (e.g., engineers or community college representatives) to convene, network and discuss issues that are relevant to the group. They are interactive in nature and typically do not include a formal presentation. These 60-minute sessions will take place during the main conference.

Poster

Poster presentations provide a unique opportunity for one-on-one networking, communication and engagement. Two poster sessions will take place in the Expo Hall. Each poster presenter will be assigned to present during one session or the other. During their designated time, presenters are expected to stand with their posters and discuss them with attendees. The look and format of poster presentations is largely up to the creativity and imagination of the presenter but must be 3.5’ x 3.5’ or smaller. Posters will be displayed throughout the day in which they are being presented and should be self-contained and self-explanatory.

Pre- or Post-Conference Professional Development Workshop

Professional development workshops are extended learning sessions which take place on Sunday before the conference and Wednesday after the conference. They are either half-day (3-hour) or full-day (6-hour) events. These workshops are not included in the full-conference registration price and are offered for a separate fee.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) take place throughout the conference. They give participants the opportunity to see sustainability projects on local campuses, visit sustainability-related attractions in the community and learn more about the city with other conference attendees. These programs are not included in the conference registration price and are offered for a separate fee. All ELOs will begin and end at the convention center and all participants must travel with the group.

Evening Event

Evening events give attendees an opportunity to relax, network with fellow attendees, continue conversations outside of the conference center and see a bit of the local area! These events take place in the evenings after regular conference programming has ended. They are not included in the conference registration price and are offered for a separate fee. All evening events will begin at the Convention Center and all participants must travel with the group.

Curriculum Colloquium Session

These 40-minute sessions focus on pedagogy, content and leadership for sustainability education. They are offered on Sunday before the conference as part of the Curriculum Colloquium co-organized by the Sustainability Curriculum Consortium and AASHE.

Student Summit Session

These sessions are designed specifically for students and aim to empower students to be more effective advocates for sustainability. They also provide students an opportunity to share their projects and initiatives with other students. These sessions are scheduled on Sunday before the conference as part of the Student Summit.