Call for Presentations

    Each year, ACS disseminates a Call for Presentations to our members and the general public who are interested in submitting educational session ideas for our Annual Conference & Competition, as well as for educational outreach to ACS members throughout the year.

    ACS invites presentation proposals from qualified experts who meet the association’s criteria for educating cheesemakers, retailers, and other cheese industry professionals about best practices, new trends, research, and improving products and processes.

    The Call for Presentations for our 2013 Conference & Competition is now CLOSED.  However, we welcome presentation ideas for educational outreach that can be offered online (via webinar) to ACS members at other times of the year.

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

    1. Do you have experience presenting to audiences of 75 or more participants?
    2. Is your content fresh and highly relevant to cheese industry professionals or enthusiasts?
    3. Do you have broad experience as a presenter (working with and speaking to diverse audiences)?
    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 Programming Committee 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.

    The final program selections will be made and presenters will be notified by November 30, 2012.


    Program Guidelines

    Your program should address one of the content areas listed below. 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 travel, lodging, and registration for the conference.  ACS will extend a discount off of conference registration rates to those who are selected and ultimately present at the ACS Conference (July 31- August 3, 2013, Madison, Wisconsin, USA).  This may be applied to a one-day pass or full conference registration.