Call for Presentations

We are no longer accepting proposals for the ACS 2018 Conference, “Forged in Cheese,” to be held in Pittsburgh, PA (July 25-28, 2018). If you have an idea for an educational session that might be offered to ACS members via our year-round online education series, please feel free to submit it below.

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

Please Note: You should receive an email confirmation when you successfully complete the following form.  If you do not receive a confirmation that your proposal was submitted, please review the form for any errors, make the necessary corrections, and resubmit your proposal.  If you still do not receive a confirmation, please contact the ACS office at (720) 328-2788 or [email protected] for assistance.

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!
  • It is important for ACS to understand your intended audience. Content for this session is geared toward the following audience (select one).
  • Please describe your program as you would like it to appear in our marketing materials and conference event guide. This should be no longer than 5-6 sentences in length and in paragraph form (not a bulleted list).
  • Good sessions have a specific goal or focus. Please write a short description to describe the goal for this session.
  • Please list three things that attendees will gain by attending this session.
  • It is important to engage your audience. Please describe what will you do to ensure they are active participants in your session.
  • Please list the Name, Company Name, Phone Number, Address, and Email Address for each presenter. LIMIT FOUR. (Please include yourself on this list if you will be participating on the panel).

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.