Call for Proposals

2018 International Conference AEE & GYA Call for Proposals
November 8-10, 2018 in Orlando, Florida

The Association for Experiential Education (AEE), in partnership with the Gap Year Association, is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2018 AEE + GYA Joint International Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference will be held November 8-10. Together with our gap year partners, we are expecting more than 900 facilitators, educators, executives, administrators, consultants, practitioners, and students from around the world to attend, to inspire and be inspired, to teach and learn. This year’s conference theme will focus on the power of story. We will explore how sharing our stories can increase the reach and impact of experiential education around the world.

The value of sharing what you know through a workshop or professional development intensive can have a far-reaching impact. Because of the collaborative nature of our field, presenters find that through the process of sharing their expertise they gain new insights themselves. Being a presenter is also an excellent way to build your professional résumé and speaker profile. While every annual conference is filled with keynotes, plenary sessions, and other events and activities, workshops are the foundation and the fulcrum from which attendees and presenters alike are able to rejuvenate and sustain momentum in this great work. We hope you'll come and help support the missions of AEE and GYA to positively transform our students and our world.

This year, proposals must indicate whether they are for an “AEE” audience, a “gap year” audience, or both.  In this way, we hope to cross-pollinate with new content and further grow the reach of experiential learning.  The same format of past AEE conferences will hold true in Orlando, with 90-minute or 3-hour options to present.

Submit a proposal through our online application. The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2018. You will be notified early in May 2018 regarding the status of your proposal. 

Other Presenter Opportunities:

PRE-CONFERENCES: Do you have a workshop or program you would like to provide but need more time to present? Do you offer certification in areas such as risk management, mental health, wilderness medicine, or technical skills? Pre-Conferences take place prior to the start of the conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development. Pre-Conferences are often fee-based and may be provided by AEE Profession-Based Groups, individual AEE members or other individuals and organizations. If you are interested in submitting a Pre-Conference Workshop Proposal, please fill out the Pre-Conference application.

POSTER SESSIONS: During the conference, there will be networking time that will also include opportunities for those who wish to present information on research, programs, and ideas in the form of a poster presentation.  Presenters will prepare their poster in advance and answer questions, provide information, and offer follow-up opportunities for those who are interested. Submit a proposal for a Poster Presentations here.

SEER: The Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) provides an outlet and venue for researchers in the field of experiential education to present, share, dialogue, and further develop their research ideas. The symposium occurs concurrently with the International AEE Conference each year and involves the presentation of research papers from leading international scholars in the field of experiential education. (To read more about the history and intent of SEER, read the 2017 SEER Book of Abstracts.)  Visit to view the call for proposals.

Questions about any of this?  Please contact:

Dan Miller (AEE) Ethan Knight (GYA)
(720) 328-1610 (503) 206-7336

What do conference attendees want to learn?

Each year we ask conference attendees to fill out a survey about their experience.  We use this information to help improve the conference experience as well as assist our presenters in choosing relevant and valuable topics for their workshops.  While you are welcome to submit proposal topics that are not on this list, we have included a summary below of what our attendees would like to see in 2018.  In addition to these topics, attendees indicated a clear desire to see more focused workshops for both advanced practitioners as well as emerging professionals. To that end, we encourage proposals that are designed specifically for beginner, intermediate, or advanced audiences in addition to those that are ‘open to all.’ 

Click here for a list of requested topics from previous conference attendees (great for brainstorming presentation ideas!)