Plenary Proposals for the 2021 UNC Water and Health Conference  

Do you have a great idea for a plenary session? Let us know! We welcome proposals and encourage your suggestions for relevant and engaging content. You do not need to be a speaker at the plenary to propose an idea.  

2021 UNC Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Practice plenary proposal submissions will be accepted through May 3, 2021.

Submit a Plenary Proposal

Plenary panels are an opportunity for individuals or groups to address a critical topic related to water and health during the most well-attended session of the UNC Water and Health Conference.  

Plenary proposals must include: proposed content, information about the keynote speaker or plenary panelists, the anticipated audience, key learning objectives, and proposed agenda. 

Guidelines for Submitting a Proposal:

Proposals will be reviewed, and conveners will receive notification by July 2021. Proposals submitted after the deadline (May 3, 2021) will not be considered. 

  • Proposals must be submitted via the online form.
  • The following plenary session formats will be considered:
    • Debate (two debaters and a moderator)
    • Keynote Speaker
    • Living room conversation (three to four speakers plus a moderator, informal discussion)
    • Panel (three to four speakers plus a moderator, formal discussion)
  • Descriptions are limited to 500 words.
  • Plenary titles are limited to 15 words.
  • All proposals must include ‘Key Learning Objectives & Outcomes’.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed.

Proposal Considerations:

  • If a plenary proposal is approved, the Water Institute will work with proposing organization to develop the content and format, as well as assist in recruiting presenters.
  • All plenary event applicants must register for the Conference and any additional expenses are the responsibility of the plenary applicant.
  • The duration of each plenary session is 1.5 hours, and should include at least 15 minutes for questions.
  • Plenary sessions can be interactive, and should help advance knowledge, move the sector forward, and use a presentation format to appeal to all learning styles.
  • Plenary sessions should reflect the diversity of the WaSH sector and include speakers from various countries, organizations/companies, and perspectives.