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Call for Proposals

Submit Session Proposals and Single Abstracts

All session proposals and abstract submissions are due . Extensions are not possible.

NOTE: All accepted presenters and moderators are required to register and attend the conference. Before submitting, confirm you can attend the conference.

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Submit Proposal/Abstract

The SEI Structures Congress National Technical Program Committee (NTPC) invites abstracts and sessions on topics of interest to structural engineers at every level of their career. Emphasis is on presentations that support advancing the structural engineering profession including leadership development, innovation and novel project solutions, emerging technologies, resilience, sustainability, functional recovery, global climate change, and innovative research with practical applications. Implementation of these topics to the full life-cycle of structures including design, analysis, fabrications, construction, testing, and maintenance welcomed. NTPC welcomes submissions from architects, owner's representatives, construction engineers, attorneys, and more.


Goals of the National Technical Program Committee (NTPC)

  • Create a program that supports the advancement of the structural engineering profession including how we are creating leaders, new and innovative information with practical and technical applications, global and social impacts, bringing together project teams, and supporting the SEI Vision for the Future of SE.
  • Balance the program to include a variety of different topics and new delivery formats that engage the audience and are more interactive.
  • Provide adequate time frame and formats for presenters to share information and allow for audience participation including questions and answers.
  • Limit five abstracts/presentations per traditional 90 min session: NTPC prefers four.
  • Requesting more 60-minute sessions.
  • Create value-added programs for attendees.
  • Encourage as many different speakers as possible. Individuals should not submit more than 2 proposals.

Suggested topics

  • Blast & Impact Loading
  • Bridges, Tunnels, and other Transportation Structures
  • Buildings
  • Business and Professional Practice
  • Career Development
  • Education
  • Forensic
  • Natural Disasters
  • Nonbuilding and Special Structures
  • Nonstructural Components and Systems
  • Innovative Research

Note: The NTPC strongly requests that no more than 2 submissions are made per person.

Submission Options:

Sessions are 60 or 90 minutes. Request specifically for 60-minute session proposals

  1. Sessions without abstracts
  2. Sessions with abstracts
  3. Single abstract

Make sure you understand the type of submission you want to make. Note: If not asked by a session organizer to be part of a session you will submit only a single abstract — please do not submit the same abstract twice.

Sessions without Abstracts

60 or 90-minute program. No option to submit a final paper later in the process. Could be a panel, debate, or another creative program. Moderator and all confirmed presenters/authors with e-mails must be included in the author tab of the paper management system at submission.

Session with Abstracts

60 or 90-minute program. Option to submit a paper if accepted. Two-part submission process. Read instructions below on how abstracts are connected to a session. Moderator and all confirmed presenters/authors with e-mails must be included in the author tab of the paper management system. Download (PDF) "How to Add Abstracts to Sessions" for more detailed information.

Single Abstract

One person's presentation submitted to a topic will be reviewed and grouped together with other single abstracts to create a 60 or 90-minute session including IES sessions. Option to submit a paper if accepted. Presenters and authors with e-mails must be included in the author tab of the paper management system.

Session Ideas

  • Innovative Executive Sessions (IES): (60 min -8 speakers) 90 min (10–12 presenters) each presenter has 3 minutes for the presentation and one PowerPoint slide. Then all move to an area for small group discussion. This consists of 20-minute blocks, so the audience can rotate to different presenters.
  • Panel Sessions: Multidiscipline project team members discuss the project's success and lessons learned. Panel sessions can also include debates or other creative formats. No more than 5 panel members.
  • Case Studies: Presenter(s) describe in detail an entire project including issues like management structure, design, issues encountered, solutions to overcome problems, and outcome. Project teams encouraged.
  • Interactive Sessions: Encourage audience participation and breakout groups, game show format.
  • Traditional Sessions: A moderator and 4–5 presentations/papers.

Review and Evaluation

One presenter would not have more than 2 speaking opportunities. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following:

Technical Content

  • Contributes to science and/or practice of structural engineering?
  • Quality of methodology and approach.
  • Impact on the structural engineering profession.
  • How does this support the advancement of the structural engineering profession?
  • Practical applications.
  • Is this new or innovative?
  • Will this advance the attendee's career?
  • What will the audience learn?

Quality of Presentations

  • New dynamic presentation formats are strongly encouraged to include audience participation.
  • All requested information is included in the submission, including confirmed presenters.
  • Content (objectivity, methodology, results, conclusion, and/or limitations).
  • Clarity of writing, organization of abstract, or session.
  • Grammar and mechanics of writing.
  • Format and size requirements.

Final Papers

Final papers are optional but encouraged. They should be 10–12 pages. A few additional pages are not a problem.

Proceedings will be available online to all registered attendees one month after the conference.

For questions about submissions, contact Debbie Smith.

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