Call for Presentations

    The Call for Presentations for the 2016 ACS Conference in Des Moines, Iowa is now open! Submit your proposals by September 22, 2015 for consideration in the 2016 Conference program.

    ACS is also accepting proposals for educational outreach to ACS members via webinars throughout the year, and for future ACS Conferences.

    Please review important information at the bottom of this page before submitting your proposal via the form below.

    Call for Presentations: Online Submission Form

    Have a great idea for an educational session at ACS's Annual Conference, or for ACS's year-round educational program? Submit a proposal via the form below!

    Assess Your Fit

    Assess your fit as an ACS VOLUNTEER PRESENTER by answering these questions:

    1. Do you have broad experience as a presenter (working with and speaking to diverse audiences)?
    2. Do you have experience presenting to audiences of 75 or more participants?
    3. Is your content fresh and highly relevant to cheese industry professionals or enthusiasts?
    4. Are your sessions interactive? Would your audiences describe you as a dynamic presenter?
    5. Have you received audience evaluations (for sessions with 75 or more participants) demonstrating excellent ratings in the 80th percentile or above?
    6. If your answers to all five questions are “yes,” you meet ACS’s qualifications for a speaking position and are encouraged to apply.

    The Evaluation Process

    Members of the Education Committee and Conference Program Group (CPG) evaluate all proposed programs based on the following criteria: overall quality, relevance to the industry, well-defined focus within the content areas, practical application of material, timeliness of the topic, and speaker qualifications. To be considered as a speaker, your program must be educational in nature—sales presentations will not be accepted. In addition, your material should be original: otherwise, sources must be referenced. For multiple speakers, each speaker must agree to this submission. Incomplete programs will not be considered.

    Program Guidelines

    Programs should last one and a half hours, which includes a brief period for Q&A. Panels should not consist of more than three speakers and one moderator (four participants total).

    Speaker Honoraria

    Presentations are submitted with the understanding that these are volunteer presenter roles.  As a presenter you agree to take on the expense of your travel, if required for your presentation.