Submit Your River Rally 2021 Workshop Proposals

Do you have practical knowledge and experience related to one or more River Rally themes? Could your knowledge help someone working on similar challenges in another setting, geography, or organization?

If so, we need you!

A workshop in session at River Rally 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.

River Network is looking for workshop proposals that include a combination of instruction and interactive training, that leverage lessons learned and proven approaches, and involve engaging speakers. We seek to accelerate the pace of progress toward a sustainable and equitable water future through River Rally’s learning opportunities.

The River Rally audience is diverse in age, ethnicity, geography, educational background, and experience. Attendees typically include conservation professionals and water advocacy champions who work for or are affiliated with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, tribes, utilities, foundations, consultancies, academia, and the corporate sector. We create an active space where uncommon conversations can and do take place.

The deadline for all workshop proposals is September 30. Workshops will be selected by October 31, 2020, with final confirmations by all speakers completed by or before November 15, 2020. Please review the guidelines and instructions below and consider submitting a workshop proposal for River Rally 2021.

2021 Workshop Themes:

  • Water & Agriculture
  • Resilient Communities
  • Drinking Water
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Science & Climate
  • Organizational Capacity Building

Click here for detailed theme descriptions.

COVID-19 Update: As we open our call for workshop proposals, it is unclear whether River Rally 2021 will be in-person or virtual. While we sincerely hope that we can all be together in San Antonio in May, it is possible that River Rally 2021 will be another virtual experience. We ask those who plan to submit a workshop proposal to consider how their workshop might be adapted to fit a virtual format.

Workshop Criteria & Proposal Guidelines:

  • Relevance: All workshop proposals must relate to one or more River Rally themes. We are looking for proposals that relate to these themes and intersect with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Format: Workshops are typically either 90 minutes in length and may include up to three co-presenters or are 15 minutes in length for our fast-paced “lightning” sessions involving just one presenter. An in-person River Rally typically offers 60-70 workshops during seven concurrent time blocks, spread across three days.
  • Size: While we cannot predict how many people will attend each workshop, audiences typically range from 10 to 50 people.
  • Competition: We typically have many more submissions than spaces in our program. Because of this degree of competition, we encourage everyone to provide a thorough and engaging summary during the submission process that helps the subject matter come alive.
  • Selection: The open call for workshops ends on October 1, with workshop selections by October 31, followed by final commitments from all speakers by November 15. 
  • Registration: Presenters involved with accepted proposals must register online to attend the conference by April 1, 2021.
  • Financial Support: While presenters are responsible for their own travel, lodging expenses, and registration fees, we typically offer discounted registration to speakers and all speakers are also eligible to apply for scholarship support. However, our ability to offer these discounts is dependent on our early fundraising success. We will have a more complete picture of these offers and opportunities in early January.     

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