Call for Papers and Presentations

Preliminary Agenda

Click here to see a copy of the preliminary agenda for the 2016 NERR Symposium.


Presentation formats

Paper and poster presentations are considered equal in terms of expected scholarly quality. At their core, management and roundtable discussions should have a focus on application.

  • Research paper presentation: A 15-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of discussion.
  • Poster presentation: A 60-minute session; authors must be present to answer questions.
  • Management presentation: A 90-minute session focusing on current, applied recreation management issues.
  • Roundtable discussion: A 60- to 90-minute session providing structure for stimulating discussion of timely and controversial topics.


Potential topics for oral presentations or posters

The following are examples of topical areas. However, we welcome and encourage presentations on other areas of recreation research and management.

  • Natural resource management
  • Outdoor & adventure recreation
  • Management applications
  • Historical/cultural resource management
  • Emerging and existing trends
  • Human dimensions of natural resources
  • Park/Recreation/Tourism planning
  • Travel and tourism
  • Policy development
  • Measurement and forecasting
  • Methodological & theoretical development
  • Urban parks & recreation
  • Sustainable tourism and development
  • Ecotourism and nature tourism

Potential topics for management roundtable sessions

  • Partnerships and dedicated funding sources to fund parks and recreation
  • Reconnecting youth with nature and the outdoors thru green and playful parks
  • Carbon friendly and sustainable parks
  • Urban forests/parks and their effects on quality of life
  • Social and environmental justice through parks, recreation, leisure and tourism
  • The potential impacts of government shut down on the public recreation facilities

Abstract submission guidelines & website

Abstracts can be submitted by clicking here to access the online submission website. To review the information needed prior to online submission, click here for the submission guidelines. If you experience any problems when submitting an abstract, please contact Alan Graefe at

Presentation equipment

  • For oral presentations: One LCD projector and laptop computer will be set up in each break-out session room. Speakers are asked to load their presentations onto the appropriate laptop during conference breaks from either a CD or portable hard drive. Any additional equipment is the responsibility of the presenter.
  • For poster session: The author(s) must remain by the poster board for the one hour session. Poster content, including title(s), introduction, findings, and conclusion, figures, tables, and pictures, will be displayed on a 3' x 4' poster board supplied by NERR.


December 14, 2015 One page abstract must be received via the NERR abstract submission website by this date.
January 29, 2016 Notification of acceptance.
February 12, 2016 Full draft schedule (including presentation times) posted on website.
June 17, 2016 Full paper submission due

For more information about abstract submission, contact:

Dr. Alan Graefe

2016 NERR Symposium Chair

701J Donald H. Ford Building

The Pennsylvania State University 

University Park PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-8986




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