Invitation to Innovation: Environmental learning and connections among nature(s), culture(s), and well-being(s)

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Call for conference papers
April 15, 2013

EECOM turns twenty… Call for Submissions

Invitation to Innovation: Environmental learning and connections among nature(s), culture(s), and well-being(s)
When: Welcome in evening June 26th, Opening June 27-30th 2013
Where: Victoria and University of Victoria
What: Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication
Whom: You! Educators, ENGOs, Researchers, Communicators
EECOM is pleased to invite you to participate in this annual conference at the University of Victoria, BC.  EECOM is Canada’s only national, bilingual, charitable network for environmental learning. EECOM works strategically and collaboratively to advance environmental learning to ensure Canadians are environmentally literate, engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy, sustainable future.
This year we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of EECOM with another fabulous gathering of Canada’s environmental education and communication community in Victoria, British Columbia. We’ll gather in the territories of the Coast and Straits Salish People at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Education and explore other local settings for three days of learning and experiences. We have confirmed two inspiring wisdom-keepers to be keynotes this year: Jeannette Armstrong and Thom Henley. More information on speakers to come.
Practitioners and researchers working in fields of formal, non-formal, and higher education doing work in such topics as integrated and place-based learning, curriculum theory, leadership, environmental health, ecopsychology, ecophilosophy, green business, communication, sustainability, social justice, and climate change are invited to submit proposals for this twentieth anniversary conference.
We encourage high quality, collaborative proposals which acknowledge the diversity in perspectives, methods and/or cultural contexts for the 2013 conference.   Proposal submissions are now available online. Deadline April 15th, 2013, 9pm PST/ 12pm EST.

There will be three presentation types during the conference as described below.  If you consider yourself a youth, please identify yourself in this proposal process in the Comments to the Conference Director section.
a) 20 minute short presentation - Short and pithy presentations with 10 minutes for questions.  These sessions will be scheduled in pairs within one-hour slots. There are approximately 46 of these sessions available.
b) 45 minute long presentation – With a bit more time, you will be able to engage people in deeper dialogue.  These sessions will be scheduled in one-hour slots.  There are approximately 8 of these sessions available.
c) Two – 90 minute Invitation to Inquiry workshop - Help others with skill-development, dig into the heart of challenges in your practice, or connect with a new community, these sessions are designed to inspire collaboration and action!  You will be given 180 minutes in total, spanning two days, where participants can engage in an open space technology-style workshop.  There are approximately 16 of these sessions available. We encourage multiple-person/organizations collaboration.
The review committee will accept a mixture of scholarly, arts-based, practice-oriented, and interactive proposals. Submissions will be blind and reviewed by a group of peers using the following criteria: 1) Relevance to conference themes; 2) Innovative practices in the field; and 3) Contribution and significance to the greater community of environmental learning.  Details on the submission style, length, and other parameters are available on the website.
UVic and RRU tech specs: The 20- and 45-minute presentations will be hosted at the MacLaurin Building at UVic and in the Grant building at RRU.  Projectors with VGA, DVD, and VCR inputs, speakers, and tech support are available in all rooms. You will need to bring your own device (and appropriate connectors for VGA) or borrow one from a friend at the conference.
Youth Participation: A limited number of youth in K-12 schools and undergraduate degrees will be given scholarships to attend the conference.  If you are submitting a proposal to EECOM and fall in this age bracket, please indicate this on your submission in the section called Comments to the Conference Director.
Registration: Registration will be available soon and will be a separate process. At that time, the costs, accommodation suggestions, and other information will be provided! Keep checking in on
Volunteering: More information about volunteer opportunities will become available throughout the coming months.  If you are itching to help out, have ideas for field trips, or love translation opportunities please email

Author Guidelines
You are encouraged to write your abstract in your own word-processor file and copy it into the Abstracts section of the submission process.
Please ensure high quality submissions that are well-edited, clear, and help the review committee understand your intentions.  This might mean giving an example of what you might do with your participants as well as the topic(s) you intend to cover. Please use APA 6th citation style for any references and citation within your document.
Start here to submit a paper to this conference.