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Call for Proposals

2017 AEE International Conference
November 9-11, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) is now accepting workshop proposals for the 2017 AEE International Conference in Montreal. More than 700 facilitators, educators, consultants, practitioners, and students from around the world attend our annual conferences to inspire and be inspired, to teach and be taught. We hope you will join us to CONNECT with experiential educators from around the world, SHARE your knowledge through workshops and networking opportunities, and GROW both personally and professionally through the experience.

The value of sharing what you know through a workshop or professional development intensive can have a far-reaching impact. Because of the collaborative nature of AEE conferences, presenters often find that through the process of sharing their expertise they often gain new insights themselves. Being a presenter is also an excellent way to build your professional résumé and speaker profile. While every annual conference is filled with keynotes, plenary sessions, and other events and activities, workshops are the foundation. Through workshops, attendees and presenters alike leave the conference rejuvenated and inspired to delve deeper into their practices. We hope you'll come and help fulfill our mission of expanding experiential education's reach and impact by sharing what you know with others.

The 2017 call for workshop proposals has been closed.  We received nearly 200 submissions this year!  All proposals go through an in-depth review process. Presenters will be notified early in May 2017 regarding the status of your proposal. For more information, contact Dan Miller at

Other Presenter Opportunities:

SEER Proposal deadline March 31st: The Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER) provides an outlet and venue for researchers in the field of experiential education to present, share, dialogue, and further develop their research ideas. The symposium involves the presentation of research papers from upcoming and leading scholars in the field of experiential education. (To read more about the history and intent of SEER, read the 2016 SEER Book of Abstracts.)  Click here to view the 2017 SEER Call for Proposals.

 PRE-CONFERENCES: Do you have a workshop or program you would like to provide but need more time to present? Do you offer certification in areas such as WFR/WFA, rock climbing, or paddle sports? Pre-Conferences take place prior to the start of the conference, and are in-depth workshops and activities that provide an expanded opportunity for professional development. Pre-Conferences are often fee-based and provided by AEE Profession-Based Groups, as well as other individuals and organizations. The 2017 call for pre-conference proposals has been closed.

POSTER SESSIONS: During the conference, there will be networking time that will also include those who wish to present information on research, programs, and ideas in the form of a poster presentation.  Presenters will prepare their poster in advance and answer questions, provide information, and offer follow-up opportunities for those who are interested. The 2017 call for poster proposals has been closed.

What do conference attendees want to learn?

Each year we ask conference attendees to fill out a survey about their experience. We use this information to help improve the conference experience as well as assist our presenters in choosing relevant and valuable topics for their workshops. If you are looking for inspiration, here is a summary of what our attendees would like to see in 2017. In addition to these topics of interest, attendees indicated a clear desire to see more focused workshops for both advanced practitioners as well as emerging professionals. Nearly 80% of our 2016 workshops indicated ‘open to all’ as their target audience. For 2017, we will be working to help our attendees find the workshops that are most aligned with their individual needs. To that end, we encourage proposals that are designed specifically for beginner, intermediate, or advanced audiences.  We will, of course, be accepting plenty of proposals that are open to all levels, but we do hope to provide more balanced options for this year’s conference.