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Call for Proposals: River Rally 2019

October 31, 2018

River Rally 2019 | Cleveland, OH | June 21-24

River Rally provides an excellent opportunity to share your experience with a broad audience. Do you have a proven approach or innovation that could help achieve healthy rivers and engage communities in solving water problems? Are you interested in delivering a workshop that is designed to transfer success stories or lessons learned, includes a combination of instruction and hands-on skill building, and will give participants new knowledge they can apply to their work? If so, we need you. Please review the guidelines and instructions below and consider submitting a workshop proposal for next year’s event.

Workshop Proposal Guidelines

Presenters are invited to submit up to two workshop proposals, but each proposal must be submitted individually. You may have up to three co-presenters join you in a presentation or moderated panel discussion.  Workshops that are interactive as well as informative, specifically relate to one of the 2019 Workshop Themes, and are intentionally designed to transfer proven strategies or approaches integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion are more likely to be accepted for our 2019 program.
Proposals must be received by October 31, 2018.The selection committee will review proposals, and selected presenters will be notified by November 2nd, 2018. Please review this copy of the workshop proposal form before you begin so that you are prepared to answer each question. You must answer each question marked required (*) for your submission to be considered.
River Network is also soliciting field trip proposals. If you know tour guides, non-profits, others who do water work in Ohio (within 2 hours of Cleveland) and are equipped to lead a trip, please encourage them to submit a field trip proposal. The field trip proposal deadline is also October 31, 2018. 

2019 Workshop Themes:

In Cleveland, Rally participants will join in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire that inspired the Clean Water Act. Below is 2019’s list of workshop themes (go here for more detailed information on each theme):

  • Working with Farmers and Ranchers
  • Building Resilient Cities and Communities
  • Pursuing Safe, Clean, and Affordable Drinking Water
  • Advancing Robust and Effective Water Law Policies
  • Expanding Impact Through Science, Technology, and Monitoring
  • Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations, and Coalitions

Workshop Formats

Traditional workshop blocks are 90-minutes long.  This year, we are also soliciting proposals for shorter (15-20 minutes), fast-paced, “lightning” sessions. The proposal form is the same for both formats.

Important Notes

River Network provides a projector, a flipchart and pens, an easel, and wireless internet connectivity for each workshop room.

All presenters are expected to bring their own laptop if one is needed.

Summary of Important Links

Read more about the conference program and submit a workshop or field trip proposal from this page.

Download a PDF of the entry guidelines.


October 31, 2018