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Lightning Talks

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Cathy Monroe
Why Lightening Talks?

Lightning talks provide an opportunity to share knowledge with others at the Regional Rendezvous. For this dispersed community of California Naturalists to grow and thrive, we need to actively share and learn from each other! It is important to discuss what we're doing and what we're passionate about with others. We'll have them at the beginning of the day so you can find presenters during the breaks to discuss topics in more depth.

Lightning talk proposal submission link

What is a Lightning Talk?

A lightning talk is a low pressure review of important highlights of your naturalist experience. It provides a fun and lively forum for attendees to inspire and discuss their California Naturalist programs, skills, and volunteer efforts.

In a lightning talk presentation, speakers are given five minutes each to present their key ideas and results in front of the participants. Time is allotted at the end of the lightning talk for a couple questions. Certified California Naturalists are great at giving a 5 minute talks after the experience of presenting a capstone project. Presenters may optionally use up to 5 slides or any other visuals of their choice (something you made, a flier to pass around, art to display etc). Please let us know in advance if your visuals have display requirements (table, wall, etc).

Sample topics may include capstone projects, interpretive work, results from a citizen science project, a technical skill or tool, and new perspectives about the environment.

Who Is Eligible To Present a Lightning Talk?

Anyone who attends the rendezvous! Presenters must register for the rendezvous. 

How Do I Participate?

For lightning talk proposals, please prepare a title and 2-5 sentence summary of the topic and submit via this web form. It is the responsibility of the author to verify the information submitted and to correct any errors or omissions before the submission deadline. Then you'll upload your slides here (optional) by October 24.

What are Some Specific Subject Ideas? Check out the 2017 Rendedvous and the 2016 Statewide Conference archives for ideas of what other Naturalists have shared!

Important Dates: 

  • October 19: Proposals due. Please get your proposal in as early as possible, as space may be limited.
  • October 24: Deadline for presenters to register for the conference.
  • October 24: Midnight deadline for optional lightning talk PDF or PPT file. No more than 5 slides, please. Upload your slides here

Lightning talk proposal submission link

More questions? Please e-mail Sarah.

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