What is a Workshop?
Workshops are events that have a greater instructional component than symposia and individual presentations, and participants typically remain in the workshop for the entire session, rather than moving between sessions. They are also more in the hands of the organizer, in the sense that while we review proposals and list them in our registration and in our conference program, organizers are responsible for communicating with participants, and we ask that they take on some of the burden of promoting their workshop themselves.
At our conference, we typically schedule workshops before our regular program, although we sometimes schedule them after or during the time concurrent sessions are going on. The proposal submission form will ask you to choose when you want to hold your workshop, how long you want it to last (half day or whole day), your prospective attendance, your attendance limit, and what times/days are available. Participants sign up in advance for a workshop, and attendance is usually limited.
Who should consider submitting a proposal for a Workshop?
Workshops are perfect for organizers who are looking for a way to gather a group interested in an in-depth topic for an extended instructional experience. For example, we have had Workshops that deal with how to use tools of interest to land managers, or engage with a particular land management initiative or body of knowledge in a rigorous way. We expect Workshop organizers to be registered attendees at the Natural Areas Conference.