The US Play Coalition is now accepting proposals for Educational Sessions, Poster Presentations and the Play Research Symposium at the 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY. The conference will be held April 2-6, 2022, at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.
“THE NATURE OF PLAY” is a PLAY on words, allowing for broad interpretation by presenters! As always, the play conference will explore play across the lifespan, play in the workplace, play in the classroom, play in NATURE and address universal issues of access, equity, inclusion and more.
The latest research and practices in the field of play will be presented at the play conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, camp professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians, museum professionals, students and parents from across the globe.
At the Conference on the Value of Play, we have long relied on scholars, practitioners and industry leaders to share their expertise on various aspects of play.
Educational Sessions are opportunities to share and discover innovative play strategies and applications. These sessions are interactive and aimed at practitioners. Educational Sessions are 50 minutes long including Q&A.
The Play Research Symposium is aimed at researchers and academics. It provides opportunities for a scholarly exchange surrounding play. Presentations should be only 15 minutes long as they will be one of 2-4 presented in a block with a moderated Q&A to follow.
Poster Presentations will display from Sunday through Tuesday of the conference to maximize visibility. The formal Poster Session will be part of a reception on Tuesday where presenters will have the opportunity to speak to conference attendees about their poster display.
See “Session Themes and Other Important Details” below.
A special note about registration fees for conference presenters:
Please understand that conference registration fees help to pay for the venue, catering, conference supplies, rentals and all related services as well as fund our operating expenses throughout the year. Unlike many other non-profit professional organizations, we do not have membership fees. We seek to keep costs to a minimum and affordable to as many people as possible. Although our conference costs are rising substantially, our registration fees have been raised only minimally. We appreciate everyone’s professional contributions, and our conferences are highly participatory – more than 60% of all attendees are also presenters or otherwise actively participating in the conference program. In order to keep the US Play Coalition operational, the dollars of each and every participant are needed, too.
Deadline for submissions is 11:59pm ET on October 31, 2021.
Notification of acceptance/rejection: Before December 31, 2021.
If you experience difficulties during proposal submission, please email firstname.lastname@example.org