MAPS Conference 2020 – Participate and Contribute

Proposal to Present due April 1, 2020

Please note that presenters must be MAPS members registered for the conference.

THREE WAYS to submit your Proposal To Present:

(1) Submit your Proposal online: GOOGLE FORM
(2) Complete the PDF FORM, scan it, and email it to
(3) Complete the PDF FORM, print it, and mail it to:

Brian Koehler
Mystic Seaport Museum
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355

There are FOUR WAYS to participate in and contribute to the 2020 MAPS Conference:

Paper Talks

Paper Talks are scheduled in 15-minute time slots. Talks allow the short presentation of
any topic that lends itself to publication as a research or topical article. Presenters should allow time at the end for questions, and they may have hand-outs for the general group. These talks can involve a PowerPoint presentation, video and/or use of planetarium
equipment and are sometimes presented as a planetarium mini-lesson.

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentations are displayed for most of the conference with time scheduled for
authors to present material to interested delegates. Some subjects are better presented
with posters or display boards, hand-outs, and one-to-one conversation.


Workshops are longer, 45 and 90 minute engaging sessions, scheduled concurrent with
other workshops, when small groups explore specific subjects together with a leader.
Workshops engage participants interactively and can include make-and-take activities,
introductions to tools and methods, or explorations of specific topics and problem solving in planetarium development and operation. Vendor-conducted workshops are an option for sponsors in accord with sponsor guidelines.

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions allow a delegate to organize several people to serve on a panel to
address complex or controversial topics. Panel discussions are presented to the entire
conference body and will entirely fit within a 30 minute time slot. Submit proposals only
after confirming the members who will sit on the panel.

Feel free to address any questions about the proposal of a presentation or the process to
the MAPS Program Committee Chair at