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    Rocky Mountain

    National Park Colorado

2015 Research Conference

Rocky Mountain National Park's Biennial Research Conference

When: March 4-5, 2015

Where: Estes Park Municipal Building at 170 MacGregor Ave, Estes Park, Colorado

Registration: Registration is free. On-site registration only. No advance registration.

Presentations: Researchers may choose a 20 minute presentation and/or poster. Abstract(s) due no later than December 12, 2014.

Information for Presentations and Posters

Guidelines: The goal of the research conference is to encourage dialogue among researchers, park staff, and the public. If your research has management implications, include these in your talk or poster.

Presentations will be open to the public and to the media. Please keep in mind the interdisciplinary nature of the audience when preparing your abstract and presentation. Limit tables and figures. Focus on results.

Presentations are limited to 20 minutes, with maximum of 17 minutes for the talk and 3 minutes for questions.

Posters can be no larger than 43 inches wide by 40 inches tall. Posters must be mounted on foam core so they can be setup on easels. Easels will be provided by the park though please bring if you have one. Posters should be set up by 12:00pm on March 4th and poster presenters will need to be with their posters on March 5th from 10:00am to 11:00am. Please have posters taken down by at 3:00pm March 5th.

Audio Visual Details: Power Point presentations (version 2003 or later) must be saved on a USB-jump drive or PC- compatible cd. Mac users please call Scott Esser in advance. We will provide an LCD projector, computer, laser pointer, and remote mouse. Presenters must run their presentations from the park computer.

General Guidelines: Researchers may submit more than one abstract. Abstracts must be submitted electronically. The abstract author is responsible for clarity, content, spelling, and grammar. All abstracts will be published in an online proceedings booklet. At the end of your abstract please answer the following questions (maximum 100 words per question):

1. Honor the past: Provide a brief historical context for your work.
2. Celebrate the present: How is your work relevant to park visitors?
3. Inspire the future: How might your work inform park management?

Click here for sample abstracts.

Deadline: All abstracts must be received by December 12, 2014 to ensure consideration. We will confirm acceptance of your abstract and the time of your presentation no later than mid-January, 2015.

Submission Guidelines: Please submit the following information electronically

1. Type of presentation (20 minute oral presentation or poster)
2. Specific Audio-visual equipment needs
3. Name of presenter and affiliation
4. Name(s) of additional authors and affiliation(s)
5. Email address for the corresponding author
6. The attached abstract should be in Microsoft WORD or Text format (Not .pdf) and include the following:

- Title (presented in lowercase letters with initial letters of key words in capitals)
- Abstract (maximum 300 words)
- Additional question answers (maximum 100 words per question)
- Key Words

Address for Submission: To submit via e-mail as an attachment with email subject heading "ROMO Conference Submission" to: Scott_Esser@nps.gov

Presentation Tips: We need to know the "SO WHAT?" Present insights and results as opposed to raw data. We know you use good scientific techniques, tell us what "light bulbs" went on for you as a result of the work and how the park can incorporate it into resource stewardship, education, and protection.

The main room has a mounted screen which is small for the size of the room;adjust your slides accordingly. Use large font and white text on dark backgrounds (best) or black text if a light background. If possible, project your presentation on a screen beforehand and test for readability. Avoid slides crammed with numbers/tiny graphs.

The audience can read, so use the slide as a base to which you can add your personal "color commentary" while directly looking at the audience. Summarize points you want to make into bullet items on the slides.

Questions: Contact Scott Esser at (970) 586-1394 or Scott_Esser@nps.gov

Click here for the conference proceedings, schedule, and abstracts from the 2012 Research Conference.

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