Presenter Info

We are no longer accepting session proposals. Presenters will be notified by January 31, 2019.

Many thanks to all who submitted proposals for conference educational sessions that will enhance the intergenerational field’s capacity for developing practices, programs, and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world.

A PDF of session guidelines and instructions is available here.

Session Guidelines and Instructions

Focus Areas:

Recognizing the great diversity in the intergenerational field – in terms of scale, setting, people served and/or engaged, strengths capitalized, needs addressed, and intervention strategies employed- we encourage creativity in your presentations. The following focus areas should guide your submissions:

  • Intergenerational Community Building
  • Grandfamilies & Kinship Care
  • Shared Sites & Spaces
  • Intergenerational Workforce

Special Considerations:

The Conference Planning Committee requests proposals that are informative, relevant, and encourage opportunities to engage audience members. We seek a diverse cadre of presenters whose presentations:

  • Demonstrate positive impact on children, youth, older adults, families, the community, and/or organizations
  • Share innovative ideas, lessons learned, and replicable information
  • Are based on or supported by research, theory, and/or practice
  • Address different levels of experience with intergenerational work
  • Use interactive approaches for all types of learners
  • Stimulate and encourage discussion
  • Engage multiple generations, particularly youth, young adults, and elders

Type of Sessions:

The 2019 global intergenerational conference offers five different types of education sessions. You can opt to deliver your presentation in one of the following ways:

  1. Symposium (90 minutes): Symposium sessions feature an intensive panel discussion that focuses on broader education topics, concepts, or policies. Presenters come with advanced knowledge of the subject area and contribute different perspectives on topics such as program trends and innovations, policy and advocacy, changing service models, and technologies. These 90-minute sessions must have a minimum of 3 presenters and 4 or more are encouraged. AV included: projector, screen, and hook up for your laptop. The number of this type of session is extremely limited.
  2. Workshop (60 minutes): Workshop sessions feature education content that examines new program models, promising practices, or applied research on issues in intergenerational research, policies and practices. These 60-minute sessions must include a minimum of 2 presenters and should feature interactive activities. AV included: projector, screen, and hook-up for your laptop.
  3. Roundtable (60 minutes): Roundtables are small group discussion sessions held concurrently in a large room and organized by a specific topic. A brief presentation of the educational content will be followed by guided discussions and dedicated time for questions and answers. Handouts are encouraged. Roundtables can include one or more presenters. No AV included. Please note that we have altered this session type from previous conferences based on participant and presenter feedback. Presenters will deliver their presentation only once without rotation of roundtables.
  4. Poster (45 minutes): Poster sessions are presentations held concurrently during one timeslot. Presenters explain and answer questions about their posters, showcasing projects, programs, and research. Poster sessions can include one or more presenters. Posters can be displayed during the entire conference. Details on poster session logistics including sizes and display options will be available in January 2019. Presenters are required to print their posters and ensure they arrive on-site.
  5. Peer Group (60 minutes): Peer groups are informal, facilitated discussions on intergenerational topics. They allow participants an opportunity to network with peers who either share a community of practice or are brought together by a common interest in specific issues. These sessions are informal in nature and designed to facilitate networking and community. This is not a format for formal presentations. Two or more facilitators are recommended. No AV included.

Submission Deadline:

The deadline for submission was November 16, 2018. Eligible proposals must include ALL requested information. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Status Notification:

A notification of the status of your proposal will be sent by January 31, 2019. The lead presenter/key contact will be responsible for notifying all co-presenters. Conference presentations will occur on June 13-14, 2019. Please hold both dates until you are notified of your proposal status. We cannot guarantee requests for specific days or times for your presentation. Conference organizers occasionally combine workshops with complementary topics. You will be notified in advance if this occurs.

Submission Requirements:

Submissions MUST include the following information:

  • Key contact /lead presenter information
  • Presenters/panelists contact information
  • Short summary of Credentials and/or experiences for each presenter
  • Session title (no more than 12 words)
  • Session objectives (minimum of 3)
  • Session description (no more than 150 words)
  • Session learning methods

The maximum number of proposal submissions for an individual is two. We encourage you to review the copy of the submission form (download as a PDF) prior to submitting online. All submissions must be completed using the online form.

Submission Evaluation

When completing the call for presentations, please keep in mind that your proposal will be evaluated on the following areas:

  1. Outcomes/Impact (35%): How have children, youth, older adults, families, the community, and your organization benefited from your program/service/research?
  2. Innovation (25%): What are the unique elements and achievements of your program/service/research?
  3. Replicability (25%): What elements of your program/service/research can readily be utilized by another program? What elements are based on or supported by research, theory, and/or practice?
  4. Structure (10%): It is critical that the presentation content and style both engage and involve Conference attendees. Outline strategies that you will employ to make the session highly interactive. How will your presentation address different levels of experience with intergenerational work among Conference attendees?
  5. Intergenerational Participation (5%): Are members of younger and/or older generations part of the presentation? What are their roles in the presentation?

 Lead Presenter/Key Contact Responsibilities

  1. Provide complete information for all presenters per educational session.
  2. Hold the dates of June 13-14, 2019 until notified of proposal status.
  3. Communicate the accept/decline status of the proposal to all presenters.
  4. Contact each presenter to confirm participation and registration for the Conference.
  5. Communicate any changes to the proposal to Generations United.
  6. Register and pay for the Conference (required of all presenters).
  7. If applicable, pay any additional audio-visual costs in advance.
  8. Refrain from using sessions as a forum to sell specific products and/or services.
  9. Present on what you have proposed in this Call for Sessions.

Presenter Responsibilities

  1. Provide complete contact information and a 2-3 sentence summary of credentials to lead presenter/key contact.
  2. Hold the Conference dates of June 12-14, 2019 until notified of proposal status.
  3. Register and pay for the Conference (required of all presenters).
  4. Review audio visual equipment information below.
  5. Refrain from using sessions as a forum to sell specific products and/or services.
  6. Present on what you have proposed for this Call for Sessions.

Registration Fees

Presenters are required to register for the Conference and to pay the registration fee by March 1, 2019 to confirm their session. Speakers not confirmed by this date will be put on a waiting list. Please note that conference fees increase after February 15, 2019.

  • Early Bird Registration (Through Feb 15, 2019): $375
  • Standard Registration (Feb 16-June 11, 2019): $475
  • Onsite Registration (After June 11, 2019): $625

Please note: Registration fee includes light dinner Wednesday evening (6/12); and breakfast and lunch on Thursday and Friday. Discounted room rates for conference attendees are available across the street from the conference venue at The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel at $205 per night for single or double occupancy, $215 for triple, and $225 for quad. Applicable taxes are not included in these quotes. Limited rooms are available at these rates. Generations United and Bridge Meadows do not pay transportation, lodging, or other costs for presenters.

Audio-Visual Equipment

Workshop rooms will have an LCD projector, screen, and hook-up for your PC computer, free of charge. Due to their unique nature, tablet or Macintosh users should plan to bring their own adapters to connect to the projector.

Presenters are responsible for ordering and paying for additional audio visual or other equipment needs for their workshop in advance by working directly with the audio-visual provider contracted by the Conference. Additional details on audio-visual equipment will be available in early 2019.


Educational sessions will take place at the Hilton Portland Downtown (921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204).