Industry experts work with ACP on program development committees to create timely and valuable education content. ACP receives a large number of applications to speak. For our larger conferences we have an organized vetting process that starts with the solicitation of speaking proposals, referred to as a Call for Proposals or a Call for Speakers.
Do I have to be an ACP member to speak at ACP conferences?
We give strong preference to members for speaking slots, but it is not a requirement. However, you must be a member to participate in the conference planning committees or to be a program chair.
How do I become a program chair or participate in a program committee?
ACP selects program chairs based on several factors but the two primary being level of engagement with ACP and its working committees and relevance of company or organization in the topic area for the particular conference. Email email@example.com to submit your interest.
What is a conference program chair and a session chair?
Conference chairs help drive the overall direction and theme of the program, help determine session topics, and in some cases a small program planning committee is involved. ACP staff generally confirms Conference Chairs 9 -13 months before the event. Chairs are usually ACP members who are actively involved with advancing the industry through ACP’s committee work or in other ways. Session chairs tend to be ACP members who help develop content for topical sessions, suggest speakers, and they often serve as the moderator of the session during the conference as well.
What are the different types of speaking opportunities?
- Podium speaker/ Panelist – speaker presents alongside other presenters, either in discussion format or with a PowerPoint Presentation
- Stand-Alone Presentation (sometimes sponsored opportunities exist) – Typically a 25 minute speaking slot with no other speakers in the same time frame
- Poster Presentation – A visual display that represents a proposal and its conclusions. In some cases there are assigned speaking opportunities with the poster or a networking reception around the posters where presenters are encouraged to attend to answer attendee questions.
- Webinar – an online learning opportunity as part of the content generated by ACP staff and committees or as co-branded webinars utilizing sponsoring company content and speakers. If you’re interested in speaking on a webinar, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How are speakers selected?
For most events we have an official Call for Proposals or a Call for Speakers. Applications are reviewed and selected by industry experts on the Program Committee. When applications do not meet program needs we will invite speakers based on program committee recommendations. ACP Members are preferred over non-members, and members involved in ACP committees are preferred over less engaged members. Our proposal graders keep in mind the following standards:
- Work must be relevant and of interest to conference attendees.
- Work must be new or presents a new perspective on known material.
- Application must be well organized and clearly describe its relevance to the industry.
- Application must not contain marketing.
Is there a limitation on the number of applications I may submit per event?
No, there is no limitation, but it’s important to maintain balance and diversity in the program so we limit how many times a person or a particular company can present. If you’re speaking you can only speak once, but you can be a moderator or poster presenter at the same conference. Poster presenters can present up to 2 posters. In some cases, if a person has multiple proposals accepted we will consider substitution of a colleague to present the other proposal.
Do speakers receive complimentary entry to events?
Speakers receive a significant discount on their registration. ACP is a non-profit and this helps us cover some basic conference costs. Revenue from ACP events goes back to the industry through ACP’s efforts to grow the U.S. clean power industry and support clean energy professionals.
What should I do if I have an idea for a panel or webinar?
Contact email@example.com with details on the idea and suggestions for speakers.
The Call for Proposals has closed. Can I still submit my proposal?
For inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What content will I need to prepare for a proposal submission?
General Call for Proposal Requirements:
- Proposal Title (90 Characters)
- Presenter Information
- First Name
- Last Name
- Title (100 Characters)
- Biography (1000 Characters)
- Email Address
- Phone Number
- Abstract/Description (1000 Characters)
- Learning Objectives (500 Characters)
- Methodology (1000 Characters)
- Accept Presenter Agreement & Copyright Release Terms
Each event will have more detailed requirements listed with the Call of Proposals launch.
For an event with a Call for Speakers, applicants no longer have to complete a full session write up (no title, description, panel speakers, takeaways, etc.). Simply detail your experience and expertise around one of our key focus areas, and if you’re a good fit, our program planning committee will place you on a panel about that topic.
What are some of the common reasons applications don’t get selected?
Some reasons include: heavy sales tone, insufficient information, member proposal preferred over a non-member proposal, submitted too late and no openings in the agenda to incorporate it, too niche of a topic, too broad or not technical enough.
How do I increase my odds of getting selected?
- Become an ACP member and if you’re already a member, participate in our committees.
- Submit a proposal that fills gaps in mainstream discussion. New and innovative ideas that are useful to the industry will have a competitive edge.
- Submit a complete proposal and submit it on time.
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