2006 Annual Conference
Call for Session Proposals

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Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12
(pre-conference training)
Sunday evening November 12 - Wednesday, November 15
Thursday, November 16 - Friday, November 17
(post conference training – to be determined)

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Submissions due April 14, 2006


“It’s why you do public participation…many voices make better decisions…”

Public participation for practitioners will form a key part of the Montreal IAP2 Conference, but we’re bringing a fresh, new perspective to events. 

    • We’re involving those who MAKE the decisions,
    • and those who are AFFECTED by them,
    • and bringing them together with PRACTITIONERS 

  • Participate in large and small group learnings, perspectives, and shared experiences
  • Expand the experience by exploring the realities of decision makers and their unique perspectives
  • Understand the impacts by hearing the views of civic leaders and community activists

IAP2, working through its members, helps organizations and communities around the world improve decisions by involving those who are affected by those decisions.


IAP2 is dedicated to pursuing a world in which public participation is a dominant feature of the political, economic, and cultural life of all nations. IAP2 fulfills its mission by organizing and conducting activities to:  

  • Encourage and enhance the professional development of people worldwide working in public participation;  
  • Educate decision makers worldwide about the value of public participation;  
  • Help the public in various sectors and spheres across the world play an effective role in public participation processes;  
  • Continue to define, review, and enhance best practices in the field of public participation, and;  
  • Create a global alliance of practitioners and citizens that advances the use of public participation to move regional and national agendas toward strengthening societies.

Plans are underway for an exciting, innovative, and participatory conference.  We welcome a variety of approaches to conference sessions,
but place particular emphasis on PARTICIPATION.  We are looking for conference session proposals that reflect the following approaches:

  • Can you showcase a new methodology or technique for attendees to learn or practice?
  • Can you share a case study or project that brings hands-on experience, including ways to involve marginalized or
    hard to reach communities, and/or embraces diversity or differences?
  • Do you have a good organizational example or project?
  • Have you been part of a creative or new experiment – that worked well or maybe not so well?
  • Can you provide a look at the roles and perspectives of practitioners, decision-makers, active citizens, and elected officials?
  • How does grassroots activism and protest affect the process or decision?
  • How does the media impact public involvement?
  • What is our role in making the world a better, more participatory place?
  • What is the role of advocacy in the practice?
  • How can we overcome barriers to good decision making?
  • How can we use creativity, graphic facilitation, visual participation or the arts to showcase projects or experiences, or involve people?
  • We are also seeking submissions involving:
  • Facilitated participatory discussions and workshops.
  • Academic research – new findings, trends, and methodologies.
  • Groups of researchers, citizens, elected officials, decision-makers, and practitioners to discuss a decision,
    approach or methodology from different perspectives - as a panel, or as a collaborative group.
  • Demonstrations of new and innovative technologies.
  • Public participation that deals with new issues or approaches existing challenges in a new way.



Below are the key dates for the conference session proposal application and selection process.
See the conference website at www.iap2.org for more detail.


Friday, April 14, 2006 – Session proposals due

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 – Acknowledgement of receipt of proposal submission

Tuesday, June 6, 2006 – Provisional notice sent to primary contact on status of submission

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 – Official confirmation & additional information sent to primary contact

Monday, September 11, 2006 – Conference schedule and sessions posted online


Submit your application by Friday, April 14, 2006 via email, fax, postal service, or the web as follows:


Email: iap2hq@iap2.org. Include subject line IAP2 – 2006 Conference Session Proposal


Fax: 1-303-458-0002



IAP2 – 2006 Conference Session Proposals

11166 Huron Street, Suite 27

Denver, Colorado 80234



Web: www.iap2.org


Questions: 1-800-644-4273 toll free in North America or 1-303-451-5945 from outside North America. 


You may also contact Stephani Roy McCallum, 2006 Program and Design Team Chair, at circle.associates@rogers.com.  If you are located in Australasia, please direct your questions to Margaret Harvie at margieharvie@hotmail.com or (02) 9350 4380.




Download Application (pdf)

Submit Online Application

Submissions due April 14, 2006