Call for Poster Sessions

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Request for Poster Session Proposals for AMA / WMA Joint International Conference: UNITE

The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) and Western Museums Association (WMA) are pleased to host a joint international conference in Edmonton, Alberta on September 20 - 23, 2017. The AMA and WMA are thrilled to announce the official Request for Proposals for the 2017 Poster Session. This is familiar format for WMA members to share their innovative practices and an exciting opportunity for AMA members to share the exceptional work being done at their museums.

The goal of the Poster Session is to showcase how museums address the theme of theUNITEconference through collaboration in order to address and adapt to the demands of their local, national, and global communities. This Poster Session is an opportunity to obtain new insights, share ideas and projects, and network with museum colleagues in an informal setting.

Submitting a Poster Presentation Proposal  

To submit a proposal, please download the 2017 Poster Session Proposal Form and send it to by June 2, 2017.


Purpose of the Poster Session

1. To engage in dialogue with colleagues about some of the most current work in our field;
2. To encourage emerging museum professionals and other new presenters to share their work;
3. To showcase projects and research currently being undertaken in and for museums; and,
4. To encourage museum professionals to seek principles that can guide efforts to improve practice. 

Who Can Submit a Proposal?

The AMA and the WMA are dedicated to leading museums and museum professionals by providing vision, enrichment, intellectual challenge, and a forum purposeful communication that encourages dynamic learning and creativity. Submissions are invited from the following:

1. Post-secondary students and faculty in museum studies, public history, and / or related fields who have completed significant or promising work on museum-based projects or research;
2. Emerging museum professionals with less than five years of experience in the museum field; and,
3. Staff and consultants working in or with museums on new work, particularly in Alberta, the location ofUNITE. 


Each presenter will prepare a poster, handouts, and other materials as relevant. Conference attendees will be invited to walk from display to display, read the posters and other materials, and interact with the presenters. Poster sizes should be between 50x63 cm (20x25 inches) and 76x106 cm (30x42 inches). Easels will be provided to display the posters.

Presenters must be available to discuss their projects / research and answer questions on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 10:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (posters will be available throughout the day in the Exhibit Hall). Presenters must be knowledgeable about the projects / research study. If accepted, presenters will be sent guidelines for content, format, and delivery of materials. 

Proposal Form

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