The Grand Challenges of Political Change

Dates:                         March 14-18, 2018

Location:                    Sheraton Atlanta

Audience:                   Social Work Educators and allied professionals and students

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Session Notification: All speakers have been notified of acceptance, scheduling and membership/presentation requirements as of January 2018. In addition, speakers have been sent a link to their speaker profile on our mobile program. Please check your spam filters for these communications. The speaker profile link can be used to upload your session handouts, social media contact information and for updating your bio.

Mobile App & Online Program: Detailed program information is available through our mobile app. The mobile app allows you to search session information, promote the conference and/or your session through social media, interact with exhibitors and speakers, and access session handouts. You will also be able to develop an individualized schedule and save it to your attendee profile. 

Registration and Membership: If your proposal has been accepted for presentation, all presenters must become BPD individual members by January 1, 2018 and must register for the BPD Annual Conference (membership requirement does not apply to BSW students presenting with faculty or speakers of invited sessions). 

Presenter Limits: Pre-Conference, Paper, and Workshop presentations are limited to no more than 3 presenters. Roundtable presentations are limited to 1 presenter only. No speaker changes or additions are allowed once a proposal has been accepted for presentation. All presenters listed must register for the conference and adhere to the guidelines established by BPD. If one or more speakers for a presentation cancels and does not attend, the remaining speakers on the proposal will be permitted to appear in the program and present at the conference. 

Author Disclaimer: Opinions expressed by speakers represent only the opinions of that speaker and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of BPD.

PenaltiesPresenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without notifying BPD of cancellation will not be permitted to present at any BPD conference for 1 year following the no-show. 

Standard AV: All workshop and paired paper presentations are equipped with an LCD projector and screen. Laptops, internet connections and video capabilities are NOT included. Equipment for invited sessions and plenaries will be confirmed separately. 

Next Steps: Finalize membership and registration. Make hotel reservations and schedule flight.