Call for Presentations
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Paper and poster presentations are considered equal in terms of expected scholarly quality. At their core, management and roundtable discussions should have a focus on application. 

  • Research paper presentation: A 15-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion.
  • Poster presentation: Posters will be presented the evening of Sunday, April 5 during a 60-minute session. Authors must be present to answer questions.
  • Roundtable session: A 60- to 90-minute session providing structure for stimulating discussion of timely and controversial topics. 

Potential Oral and Poster Presentation Topics
  • Park management and planning                                     
  • Outdoor recreation 
  • Urban parks and recreation                                             
  • Natural/Historical/Cultural resource management 
  • Ecotourism, nature tourism, & sustainable tourism      
  • Tourism and recreation trends 
  • Measurement and forecasting                                         
  • Human dimensions of natural resources 
  • Natural resource policy                                                     
  • Methods and theory  
Potential Roundtable Session Topics
  • Partnerships and dedicated funding sources to fund parks and recreation 
  • Reconnecting youth with nature and the outdoors thru green and playful parks 
  • Carbon friendly and sustainable parks 
  • Urban forests/parks and their effects on quality of life 
  • Social and environmental justice through parks, recreation, leisure and tourism 
  • The potential impacts of government shut down on the public recreation facilities
Presentation Equipment
For oral presentations: One LCD projector and laptop computer will be set up in each break-out session room. Speakers are asked to load their presentations onto the appropriate laptop during conference breaks from either a CD or portable hard drive. Any additional equipment is the responsibility of the presenter.

For poster session: The author(s) must remain by the poster board for the one-hour session. Poster content, including title(s), introduction, findings, and conclusion, figures, tables, and pictures, will be displayed on a 3' x 4' poster board supplied by NERR.
Abstract Submission & Due Dates
Authors should email their presentation abstracts to 2020 NERR Symposium Chair Chuck Nelson at nelsonc@msu.edu as one single MS Word document. The Conference Chair will acknowledge receipt of the abstract within 7 business days.

Submission Guidelines: 
Page 1: Title, authors' names and affiliations, type of presentation (e.g., oral presentation).
Page 2: Title, abstract (maximum 500 words) plus references (APA style).

Important dates: 
Extended deadline! November 14, 2019: Abstract must be received by Conference chair via email 
December 18, 2019: Notification of acceptance via email 
February 1, 2020: Preliminary agenda posted on website