Our 2023 theme is “Forestry: It’s in Our DNA,” referencing both the proud legacy and the ongoing challenges and opportunities we face. Forestry, and what it means to be a forester, is multi-faceted with many backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences shaping our profession's past, present, and future. The 2023 convention will bring together novel science and on-the-ground management applications, while focusing on how to better communicate to the public and tackle a changing climate. 

The Call for Proposals submission process will open on February 15, 2023. Submissions relating to the convention theme and subthemes are encouraged; however, submissions are welcome on any of the many facets of forestry. The number of submissions that can be accepted for the program will be limited by the number of meeting rooms available and time slots scheduled.

Who Should Submit a Proposal?

You! Natural resources and forestry professionals and students (undergraduate and graduate) from across all disciplines and career levels are welcome and encouraged to submit a proposal. We need your voices to create a diverse technical program that informs on a variety of subjects from A-Z.

How Do I Submit a Proposal?

When the proposal submission period opens on February 15, all speakers can submit their proposals via SAF’s speaker submission software powered by Cadmium. 

Types of Proposals


Formal conversation or lecture around a specific topic. 30 minutes, including introduction and audience questions (Q&A).  

Science Flashes

Limited to 8 slides and 8 minutes, including introduction and Q&A. Intended for noteworthy emerging research, results, or case studies that do not fulfill a full presentation.   


Printed displays that fit within a space 42 inches wide by 40 inches high (107 cm by 102 cm). Presenters must attend the poster symposium.

Panel Discussions

Panelists (typically 3-4 experts) will share insights and knowledge to curated questions posed by moderator and audience. Panel Discussions are not a set of presentations. 90 or 180 minutes and scheduled during the concurrent technical program. 

Interactive Discussions

Intended to gather feedback from participants and/or participants to share information with each other. 90 minutes and scheduled during the concurrent technical program.  

Professional Development Seminars

Designed to develop new or update existing attendee skill sets. 90 or 180 minutes and are scheduled during the concurrent technical program.  

Pre-Conference Workshop

Designed to teach or develop a specific skill and may include hands on elements, group discussions, and practical applications. Held on Wednesday, October 25 for either a full day up to 8 hours or a half day up to 4 hours. 

Organized Session

Series of 30-minute presentations grouped by related topics that include a variety of speakers. Three presentations of 90 minutes or six presentations of 180 minutes. Organizers must submit a concept proposal and are responsible for coordinating speakers.

Proposal Requirements

Submitters will need to have the following prepared to submit a proposal.

 Proposal Title 

 15 words or less 

 Summary of Proposal 

 50 words or less 

 Description of Proposal 

 300 words or less 

 Learning Objectives 

 200 words or less 

 Session Design (Seminar and Workshop Only) 

 500 words or less 

 Participant Outcome (Seminar and Workshop Only) 

 200 words or less 

If you are submitting an organized session, the following questions will have word limits in place.   

 Session Title 

 15 words or less 

 Session Description 

 200 words or less 

Review Criteria

Your proposal matters! It is the only thing reviewers will see. You know your topic inside and out, but the reviewer doesn’t. Proposals are blindly reviewed by subject area resources specialists using three overarching criteria: general application, practice of forestry, and audience appeal. Each criterion is weighted uniformly on a scale of 1 to 5. 
General Application 
Clarity: The thought/expression/concept is reasonable and comprehensible across the proposal. 
Originality: Reports preliminary or novel results on limited data sets or applications of existing methodologies to new areas. 

Practice of Forestry 
Scientific Approach: Outlines the problem, hypothesis, methodology, application, results, and analysis. 
Practical Application: Bridges the gap between science and decision making in the field and among stakeholders. 
Learning Objectives: Describes what a participant will be able to demonstrate, explain, identify, establish, outline, etc. 
Outcome: Defines the long-term consideration of impact and/or implications of session attendance.  

Audience Appeal 
Appeal: Is of interest to a number of diverse participants and/or contributes appreciably to professional development. 

Important Submission Dates

February 15 - Call for proposal opens for all submissions

March 31 - Submission deadline for presentations, science flashes, organized sessions, panels, interactive discussions, workshops, and seminars

May 5
 - Submission deadline for posters

June 30
 - Notification deadline for all proposals

Additional Topics

Abstracts are also welcome in the following areas:

  • Agroforestry 
  • Bioenergy, Climate Change, and Carbon 
  • Business Acumen 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Natural Resources Research, Practice, and Education 
  • Economics, Policy, and Law 
  • Forest Ecology 
  • Forest Health and Genetics 
  • Forest History & Philosophy and Ethics 
  • Forest Production & Utilization 
  • Forest Technology 
  • Human Dimensions and Education 
  • International Forestry 
  • Inventory & Biometrics 
  • Family Forests 
  • Leadership Development 
  • Recreation and Wilderness Management 
  • SAF Matters 
  • Silviculture 
  • Soils & Hydrology
  • Sustainability and Certification 
  • Urban and Community Forestry