COCE 2015 Submission Form


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If you want to submit a proposal for COCE 2015 in Boulder, this is the place.

Conference presenters (in all categories) must be members of the IECA in 2015. All IECA members (except those in the professional category) receive discounts on conference registration. Membership information can be found here:

Submissions are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Before submitting your proposal, please make sure you have followed the submission guidelines carefully.

Please use the form below to enter your contact information and submit your proposal.

If you have any questions, please email Mark Meisner: mark at theieca dot org


Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions of scholarly papers, practice reflections, artwork, panels, posters, and workshops.  While we are especially seeking submissions that relate to the conference theme, we will also accept non-thematic submissions. Submitters will be asked to indicate this at the time of submission.

 All submissions must:

  • Be written in English.
  • Include a cover page with the type of submission; title; author(s)/contributor(s) names, affiliations, and contact information; and a list of 3-5 keywords.
  • Be single-spaced.
  • Be formatted according to APA guidelines when including citations and a references list.
  • Contain no identifying information other than what is on the cover page.

Please, no more than three submissions per person.

Scholarly Papers

Scholarly paper submissions should be original works of research and analysis that emphasize contributions to knowledge.

  • Submit an abstract of 500 words that clearly explains research questions, methods, conclusions and contributions to knowledge.
  • If you have citations, include a reference list (word count not included in 500 word limit).
  • Do not submit full papers at this time.
  • If accepted, full papers must be submitted by May 1, 2015.

Practice Reflections

Practice reflections should be critical considerations by practitioners of their own projects and campaigns, and should emphasize novelty and applicability in other contexts.

  • Submit a self-reflective summary of 500 words on your project or campaign; the reflection should critically examine the goals, strategy, tactics, messages and results.
  • If you have citations, include a reference list (word count not included in 500 word limit).
  • Submissions should highlight new thinking and new developments in the practice of public engagement in environmental communication.

Works of Art                                  

Submissions by artists of their own work (paintings, photography, sculpture, dance, music, comedy, digital art or other new media art, etc.) are encouraged if the work addresses some aspect of environmental issues or human relationships with the rest of the natural world, and especially if it specifically reflects on communication. The art will be considered for exhibition and performance during the conference.

  • Submit a description of your art, including, dimensions, and installation or performance requirements; append photographs as necessary; do NOT submit the original work.
  • When appropriate, submissions should explain the artist’s intentions for the work by way of an “artist’s statement.”
  • If a video is required to explain the work, then provide a link to where the video can be viewed online.
  • If you have citations, include a reference list.


Panel submissions should focus on a unified topic. They can either be panels of scholarly papers, panels of practice reflections, panels of artists, discussion panels or combinations of these. Keep in mind that panels must fit into what will likely be 90-minute sessions.

  • Submit a descriptive panel proposal of 500 words, including a rationale for the panel.
  • For panels that include individual presentations, include titles and abstracts of 500 words for each presentation.
  • If you have citations, include a reference list with each abstract and the overall panel proposal (word count not included in 500 word limit).
  • List the authors of the individual presentations on the cover page with their titles when appropriate.


Poster submissions can address any area of environmental communication scholarship, practice, or creation and can be submitted in lieu of scholarly papers, practice reflections and artwork.

  • Submit a 250-word abstract or summary of the poster, including any relevant  details described above (depending on type of poster).
  • If you have citations, include a reference list (word count not included in 250 word limit).
  • Include visual elements of the poster where necessary


Workshop submissions should focus on practical training in some area of environmental communication practice, scholarship, teaching, design, or artistic production.

  • Submit a 500 to 1000-word description of the workshop, including time required, a rationale, and learning outcomes.
  • If you have citations, include a reference list (word count not included in 500-1000 word limit).
  • Submissions should explain clearly how attendees will participate, and must include a summary of activities, as well as the names and affiliations of all trainers.

Submission and Review Process

In the past, the Conference on Communication and Environment has received many more submissions than it has been able to accept. We don’t know what the ratio will be this time, but we expect it to be competitive.

  • Submissions are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
  • All submissions must be in PDF format in a single file. Please ensure any photos are optimized before creating the PDF.
  • All submissions must be uploaded through the IECA web site at the following URL:
  • Author identification should be limited to cover page.
  • Maximum three submissions per person.

All submissions except workshops will be reviewed anonymously and rated individually. Reviews will be based on overall quality, as well as the following criteria when appropriate: importance and relevance of topic; potential contribution to knowledge; useful synthesis of current knowledge; potential contribution to practice; creative innovation; and relevance to the conference theme.

Workshop submissions will be evaluated for their potential value to conference participants.

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