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Proposal Submission Form



Submission Deadline: February 23, 2021
Thank you for your interest in submitting a presentation for consideration for the 2021 SRAI Annual Meeting, October 23-27 in New Orleans.

Please observe the following guidelines when making your submission.

Key Dates:
  • February 23, 2021: Closing date
  • February - April 2021: Proposals reviewed
  • May 2021: Speakers notified
  • July 16, 2021: Speaker confirmations due
  • September 24, 2021: Presentations due
Submission Instructions
Speaker Profile and Biographical Statements
  • Please complete the speaker profile with as much detail as possible.
  • Make sure your email address is correct! If there are any changes to your email address please inform srameetings@srainternational.org
  • Do not abbreviate titles (Example: Use "Vice President" instead of "VP.")
  • Please do not use periods when listing your professional credentials (JD, PhD, CRA, etc.)
  • Entries should be submitted by the person serving as the primary speaker. Additional speakers should be noted only if they have been confirmed.
  • The program co-chairs and SRA International staff reserve the right to edit speaker biographical and other statements, as necessary, for clarity, grammar, style and length.
Presentation Proposals
  • Proposals should contain enough detail to clearly convey the material covered during the session/workshop and the knowledge that the attendee should expect to gain.
  • Use complete sentences. Please do not submit bulleted lists -- such as an outline -- in lieu of a narrative description of the content.
  • Eliminate the use of acronyms on the first reference. Example: Refer to the "National Institutes of Health" on the first reference and as "NIH" on subsequent references.
  • Do not capitalize entire sentences.
  • Adhere to the word or character count limits.
  • The program co-chairs and SRA International staff reserve the right to edit abstracts, as necessary, for clarity, grammar, style and length.
Learning Formats
SRA International recognizes that information can be learned in different ways and that many SRAI sessions and workshops are already using diverse formats. For the 2021 SRAI Annual Meeting, SRAI is asking speakers the type of format they intend to use in their presentations so we can improve the design of the program and assist members with personalizing their schedules and learning opportunities.

Workshop: 3 ½ or 7 hours deep dives into specific learning topics, led by one or more experts. These are designed to allow participants to more fully explore an area of interest and learn new skills or develop new strategies. Workshops may include more hands-on exercises, discussion groups, and other in-depth experiences. Workshops are only offered on Saturday or Sunday before the conference.

Learning Café: An informal gathering of attendees set in an open area and led by an expert or mentor to discuss pre-identified topics. The “Learning Café” opportunities allow for small groups to interact and “continue the conversation” on many topics already covered in the traditional sessions or workshops. The Learning Café sessions are meant to encourage networking and connecting with peers for future interactions.

Concurrent Session Formats
  • Presentation: designed in a traditional format, aimed at a specific focus in which the audience listens to what the presenter has to say, even though the presenter should encourage audience participation and entertain questions. The majority of concurrent sessions at SRA meetings have typically fit in this category and form the core of conference offerings. Presenters are encouraged to use active learning techniques to engage audiences, distribute materials, and respond to follow-up requests for more information.
  • Discussion: structured discussions on a key learning topic or challenge. Presenters facilitate and engage attendees in a structured exploratory discussion, encouraging participation from participants.
  • Panel: sessions that discuss a topic with a selected group of panel members (typically no more than 3-4) with contrasting or complementary points of view. The panel is actively moderated by a chair, with time reserved for audience participation, questions, and comments.
  • Case Study: focused sessions that highlight organizational stories of success, lessons learned, failed initiatives, and best practices. Presenters will share their stories and engage participants in focused dialogues about the implications of these examples for other organizations. These are all up-to-date, honest, under-the-hood explorations of learning innovation and implementation from real experiences.
  • Step-by-Step/"How To": Pragmatic, sessions that provide practical advice and suggested action steps to successfully implement and/or utilize strategies, approaches to and technologies for learning or implementing new policies, regulations, or requirements.

Quick talk: Do you have an innovative idea or effective method or procedure you would like to share with your colleagues, but do not need a full hour to present it? Consider submitting a "Quick Talk" for the 2021 SRAI Annual Meeting program. A Quick Talk is a 15 minute presentation that will be combined with two other similar presentations in one 60 minute session. New and experienced presenters are invited to try out this new format.

Developing/Amending Learning Objectives
  • Learning objectives should be learner-focused and describe to learners exactly what knowledge, skills and/or attitudes they are expected to accomplish or demonstrate by the completion of the session/workshop.
  • Learning objectives should be clear, concise and measurable.
    • EXAMPLE: "Cite three strategies for X", instead of "Increase understanding of X."
    • USE words like:
      • List
      • Calculate
      • Identify
      • Describe
      • Evaluate
      • Analyze
    • AVOID words/phrases like:
      • Learn
      • Appreciate
      • Become familiar with
      • Increase understanding of
      • Demonstrate understanding of
      • Be provided with
  • Identify at least two learning objectives.
  • The program co-chairs reserve the right to add or edit learning objectives, as necessary, for clarity, grammar, style, and length.

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