Annual Conference 2014 – Call for Presenters

Tall Ships America’s 41th Annual Conference on Tall Ships and Sail Training will take place on February 4 and 5, 2014 in San Diego at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel.

(The two day conference will be preceded by the Safety Forum and Education Forums on February 3.)

Tall Ships America invites you to become involved in the 2014 Annual Conference as a presenter at the conference.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Planning the Voyage: Chartroom, fo’c’sle, boardroom – Pulling together as a crew”

The Tall Ships America Conference 2014 will be organized around five main topic areas:

-Crew Training/Development
-Ship’s Operations
-Administration/Office Operations

Share your knowledge and experience in one of these five areas with Tall Ships America members. Sessions may include a single presenter, co-presenters or a small panel. Speakers should plan on making the session as interactive as possible. In previous conferences, the most successful and lauded sessions have included audience participation through discussion or activity.

Each session will last one hour and fifteen minutes. Speakers should jointly occupy not more than 45 – 55 minutes of the allotted time for each session, leaving 20 – 30 minutes for questions/discussions depending on the topic.

Please submit a short paragraph  of 75 words or less describing your proposed session to Captain Deborah Hayes, dnmihayes (at) gmail (dot) com.   Your description must also include the following: a working title, the format you envision (panel, individual presenter, co-presenters or interactive workshop), your name, contact information (email and phone number) and that of any co-presenters. 

The Deadline for submitting proposals is October 1. The proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Steering committee and you will be notified of a decision no later than October 15. The committee is looking for sessions that are substantive, innovative and interactive and relate to one or more of the five main topics listed above.

All presenters will be required to submit an electronic copy of the session by January 15, 2014.  These will be posted on the Tall Ship America website after the conference. Please, no overt promotion of a specific company or product. If you will use handouts, plan on supplying 40 copies.

Tall Ships America appreciates the valuable contributions that mariners, educators and administrators make by speaking at this conference. Speakers serve as volunteers and do not receive compensation, but may be considered for a reduced conference fee. This fee reduction does not apply to large panel participants. Finally, presenters are expected to register and pay for the conference. 

Thank you for helping make this year’s conference informative and educational! We look forward to reading your proposals.

Tall Ships America Conference Steering Committee

Deborah Hayes –Chair Conference Steering Committee


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