Clone of Submit Abstract/Proposal for Karst 2020 Workshop, "Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources"

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The purpose of this meeting is to enhance communication and the sharing of ideas and resources between major international conservation and science programs that protect, study, or manage cave and karst resources (UNESCO MAB, WHC, GGN, IHP, IGCP #661, among others). The meeting will bring together a diverse group of managers, scientists, educators, and community partners to share successes and challenges in promoting sustainability and community involvement while protecting fragile karst ecosystems.

Please submit your Paper, Poster, Flash-talk, Workshop, or Business meeting proposal below. The Lead Author/Organizer must be registered by January 31, 2020, for any submission to be included in the meeting program. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required fields.

Please review guidelines and instructions for authors, presenters, and session organizers before submitting: https://unescokarst2020.com/call-for-abstracts/

For the purposes of this abstract submission, the "Lead author/organizer" is the person who will actually present the paper or organize the session, as appropriate. Additional authors/organizers (if any) can be listed below. All correspondence regarding this abstract will go to the Lead author/organizer.

List the name and affiliation of any additional authors or session organizers here — no other information is necessary. List each one on a separate line.

Enter a 2-sentence (no more than 40 words total) biographical sketch of the Lead author/organizer. If you are presenting a paper, this biosketch will be used by the session chair to introduce you. The first sentence should consist of your name, job title/affiliation, and place of work, written in the third person, like this: "Jane Doe is superintendent of XYZ State Park in Locationville, California." The second sentence can add whatever information you think most pertinent for people to know: examples might be a few words about your work experience, or about your research interests.

Please do *not* use ALL CAPS. The title can be no more than 15 words.

Summarize your Paper, Poster, Flash-talk, Workshop, or Business Meeting. Format as one paragraph, no more than 250 words.

Provide at least one, but no more than 3, keywords. Separate each word with commas.

f you are proposing a Paper (20-minute oral presentation) in a technical session, but the Conference Committee cannot accommodate it in that format, are you willing to present it in a different format? Answering "Yes" will NOT affect the Committee's initial decision on your proposal.

We are looking for people willing to chair technical sessions made up of Papers submitted to the conference. Answering “Yes” does not obligate you in any way. We will contact you if an appropriate session, matched to your interests, develops; then you can decide if you would like to moderate that session.

We are looking for people willing to assist in facilitating Workshop sessions proposed by meeting organizers and/or fellow meeting attendees. Answering “Yes” does not obligate you in any way. We will contact you if an appropriate session, matched to your interests, develops; then you can decide if you would like to lead/co-lead that session.

Workshops are given 1.5-hour time slots. Please be sure to review workshop guidelines and include all necessary information below before submitting (https://unescokarst2020.com/call-for-proposals/workshop-guidelines/).

If your Workshop format is Invited Speakers, Panel Discussion, or Guided Tour, read the instructions below and then enter the required information in the box above. If your Workshop format is Café Conversation, you can skip this question.

Invited Speakers. In addition to the abstract submitted above describe the workshop’s structure (e.g., who will chair the session, how long each presentation will be, whether there will be discussants and/or a Q&A session with the audience following the presentations, break-out groups, or other activities to engage attendees.) Titles and speaker information for each of the oral presentations must be confirmed by March 1, 2020.

Panel Discussion. In addition to the abstract submitted above, (1) describe the workshop’s structure (e.g., who will chair the session, whether there will be discussants and/or a Q&A session with the audience following the presentations, break-out groups, or other activities to engage attendees.); and (2) panelist information (name, title, affiliation). Panelists must be registered for the meeting by March 1, 2020.

Guided Tour. Locations limited to the City of Bowling Green, duration 1.5 hours. This proposal must include tour location, group size limit, and a schedule including transportation duration.

In no more than 25 words, describe the take-home benefits audience members will receive by attending your presentation. For example: Will they learn about new techniques that they can apply in their own work? Hear about new concepts that will help shape the future of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites? Gain a better understanding of a current controversial issue? Be as specific as you can — the Conference Committee is looking for proposals that will deliver demonstrable benefits.

Use this box to give us any special instructions or requests pertaining to your abstract.