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No Time to Waste!

ISWA 2017 Call for Speakers

The 2017 ISWA World Congress and WASTECON Call for Speakers is open.

DEADLINE to submit a proposal: January 31, 2017.

Please take this time to begin preparing your proposals for this historic event. For the first time in nearly two decades, the ISWA World Congress will be hosted by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. SWANA will co-locate its annual conference, WASTECON, with the ISWA World Congress. This will give you an even greater opportunity for exposure of your projects and expertise.

The 2017 ISWA World Congress and WASTECON will share the theme, “No Time to Waste!” This theme illustrates the urgency with which the waste and resource management sector must respond to the global and local issues it is facing every day. ISWA’s President, Antonis Mavropoulos, stated in a recent blog post that we are facing a “global health emergency.”

SWANA is joining forces with ISWA to help take on some of the world’s most urgent waste management issues and will work with members, experts and world leaders to provide a platform to discuss and learn about issues and the disruptions that are affecting the advancement of resource management.

Priority will be given to speaker proposals in the following categories:

Additional topics will be accepted and considered.

The program committee will consider additional proposals that are unique and can showcase interesting projects, technologies and policies for effective waste management throughout the world.


Presentation Formats

Choose a format for your presentation. You will be asked to enter it in the online form.

  • Traditional Lecture: Presentation with PowerPoint. A very limited number of this format will be selected. Maximum of one or two speakers.
    Format:
    Introduction: 5 minutes
    Presentation of key points: 10–15 minutes
    Q&A with participants: 5–10 minutes
    Summary wrap up: 5 minutes
    Total: 30 minutes
  • Poster Presentation (Case Studies): Organizational and personal stories of success, failure and lessons learned. Maximum of one or two speakers.
    Format:
    Introduction: 5 minutes
    Presentation of story: 20 minutes
    Active discussion with audience: 15 minutes
    Summary wrap up: 5 minutes
    Total: 45 minutes
  • 360 Panel: Multiple presenters provide a range of approaches to a single challenge. Maximum of four speakers plus a moderator.
    Format:
    Introduction: 5 minutes
    Presentation of arguments: 25 minutes
    Active discussion with participants: 10 minutes
    Summary wrap up: 5 minutes
    Total: 45 minutes
  • Debate: Opposing sides of an issue try to persuade each other to change positions. Maximum of four points of view.
    Format:
    Introduction: 5 minutes
    Presentation of arguments: 25 minutes
    Active discussion with participants: 10 minutes
    Summary wrap up: 5 minutes
    Total: 45 minutes
  • Crowdsource Your Solution: Use contributions from the public to a project, often via the Internet and without compensation. Are you facing a challenge? Draw on expertise of the WASTECON and ISWA crowd for ideas on how to solve a problem. Maximum of two speakers.
    Format:
    Introduction: 5 minutes
    Presentation of challenge: 10 minutes
    Active discussion with participants: 25 minutes
    Summary wrap up: 5 minutes
    Total: 45 minutes
  • Walkabout: Not interested in being a talking head? Are you more of a small group conversationalist? Does sitting in classrooms for hours of sessions make you antsy? You’re not alone. You can rescue a few of your fellow attendees by leading a walkabout! Propose a topic that you will lead on a casual walk around the conference grounds. Meet new people and have a stimulating conversation. Maximum of two speakers.
    Total: 30 minutes

How Presentations are Selected

All submissions are reviewed and evaluated by committee members from both SWANA and ISWA who represent specific industry disciplines that are aligned with the proposal categories. The evaluation process is competitive based on these criteria:

  • Practical Application: Presentation provides positive, solution-oriented take-away knowledge material that can be used by the learners in their day-to-day work settings.
  • Relevance and Clarity: Topic is timely and learning objectives are clearly stated using active verbs showing exactly what the benefit would be to the learners.
  • Innovation: Presentation addresses critical issues, emerging trends, innovative methods and technologies.
  • Presenter knowledge: How well do presenter bios describe the presenter qualifications? Have presenters spoken at other events? If a video link was offered, is this a DYNAMIC speaker?
  • “WOW factor”: Will the audience be talking about it after the WASTECON/ISWA World Congress event is over?
  • Format: How well suited is the proposed presentation to the preferred session format?
  • Balance: The program review committee will evaluate the overall education lineup for balance to ensure that the conference has a wide scope of topics and that no one speaker or organization is disproportionately represented.

Online submissions are now open!

DEADLINE to submit a proposal: January 31, 2017.

Questions can be forwarded to CFS@swana.org


2017 Conference Hotels

Hilton Baltimore (Headquarters)
Address 401 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
443-573-8700
Single/Double: $229.00/night
Additional Person Fee: $20.00
*Government Rate: $159.00/night

Hyatt Regency Baltimore
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-528-1234
Single/Double: $219.00/night
Additional Person Fee: $25.00
*Government Rate: $159.00/night

Sheraton Inner Harbor
300 S. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-962-8300
Single/Double:$214.00/night
Additional Person Fee: $20.00
*Government Rate: $159.00/night

* Please note that government rated rooms can be booked through the call center only.

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