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Call for Proposals


Our deadline has passed for concurrent session proposals (workshops and panels/posters; descriptions below are for historic purposes only).

Plans for the conference.

Plenary sessions, organized by our advisers on an invitational basis, will focus on the conference objectives. We also seek proposals for concurrent sessions, including workshops, posters, and panels, that examine promising policy strategies appropriate to local, state/regional, national, and international communities and constituencies. With the increasingly multi-national nature of the alcoholic beverage manufacturing industry and international trade agreements, we very much welcome presentation proposals concerned with effective regulatory policies from outside North America.

Concurrent presentation proposals sought.

Conference organizers invite concurrent presentation that focus on:

  • Alcohol control measures, e.g., effective coalitions, community organizing campaigns, enforcement campaigns, targeting alcohol problems associated with community wellbeing, e.g., underage drinking, impaired driving, high-risk consumption in higher education and military settings, public intoxication, violence, and injury control.
  • Policy enforcement via regulating commercial and social host liability; retail outlet licensing and land-use permits; establishing fair rates of excise taxation; and regulating advertising and promotion.
  • International collaboration to mitigate alcohol-related risk in the midst of multinational alcoholic beverage marketing and promotion.
  • The future of alcohol policy in the light of health care reform and other changes in the U.S. political and public health landscape.

Presentation formats.

Our paperless proposal and selection system relies on Web submissions and e-mail communication.

  • Poster (90 minutes): Poster sessions illustrate prevention principles in research and practice. This visual and interactive format focuses on specific programs or recent findings. Presenters illustrate their findings by displaying charts, photographs, diagrams, and limited text on poster boards, and hold discussions with attendees who circulate among the poster boards.
  • Workshop (90 minutes): This is an opportunity for the presenter(s) to describe demonstrated or potentially effective strategies, programs, theories, models, and/or concepts. A workshop also may emphasize skill building by conveying practical, hands-on knowledge of a specific and focused prevention technique or approach.
  • Panel (90 minutes): The session organizer may wish to convene and moderate a panel of up to four other speakers who may give limited introductory remarks and devote the balance of the session engaged in discussion with members of the audience.

Who should present?

Researchers and scientists, advocates, educators, health and safety professionals, law enforcement and alcohol regulators, other civic and government leaders, and all those concerned with public wellbeing and quality of life.

How to propose a concurrent or poster session?

Complete the online presentation proposal (link now closed). The earlier you submit, the earlier we can respond.

Notification from us.

You will receive an e-mail acknowledgment that we received your proposal within 48 hours of its receipt. If you don't receive such acknowledgment, please contact AP16. You will receive a second e-mail from us regarding your proposal's status (e.g., provisionally accepted/declined, concurrent/poster) as soon as feasible, with final acceptances contingent on receipt of your conference registration.

Tips for a successful proposal.

Potential presenters are encouraged to develop their abstract before cutting and pasting entries into the proposal form provided. Use regular case (capitalizing only lead words and proper nouns), avoid acronyms unless initially spelled out, and exclude punctuation within degrees (e.g., “MPA” rather than “M.P.A.”; “PhD” rather than “Ph.D.”; and “EdD” rather than “Ed.D.”). Use the spell check and word count feature of your word processing software to check the text of the abstract before submitting your proposal, as it becomes the basis for the conference program book, if accepted. A complete proposal consists of these five elements:

  • Presenter contact data (name, primary occupational affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address).
  • Presentation Title. Please do not begin session titles with "The" or end titles with a period.
  • Summary description of the presentation ready for printing in the final program
    (maximum of 200 words, subject to possible editing by the organizers)
  • Cite any recent conference presentations you conducted that are similar to this proposal.
  • Biographical sketch for each presenter (maximum of 50 words each). Please note that a co-presenter is someone who will register for the conference and be present to share in on-site delivery of the presentation (i.e., not merely a co-author).

Conference registration.

Each presenter must register for the conference and is responsible for either paying registration fees and applicable travel and lodging expenses or securing a scholarship from conference organizers or other funding source.

Audio-visual equipment and handouts.

LCD projectors with screens and newsprint, markers, and easels will be made available to workshop presenters as requested in the presentation proposal. Audio recorders and/or VCRs/monitors will be presenters' responsibility to furnish or rent. Please plan to provide at least 50 sets of professional-quality handouts for attendees.

Please be flexible.

Although you are asked to indicate your preferred presentation format (workshop, poster, panel), conference organizers reserve the right to determine final session assignment and format. Organizers may consolidate proposals to include as many quality offerings as possible. We will read, rank, and discuss each proposal with the aim of being inclusive, expanding opportunities for quality presentations, achieving balance, and striving to make AP16 as effective as possible in advancing prevention practice.


Edited: 2014_05_09

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