• Seminar presenters: Please submit a written proposal, 500 words or less. • Poster presenters: Please submit a written proposal, 200 words or less. • Your proposal should describe how the presentation addresses the guidelines outlined below. • Submit proposals by November 10, 2014.
• Conference presentations are focused on homebrewing, mead-making, or cider-making. • Seminar rooms can hold up to 1,000 people. • Topics of interest include, but aren’t limited to: current trends in homebrewing, brewing equipment, ingredients, processes, beer & food pairing, homebrew retail, brewing history, craft-beer, going-pro, legal issues, clubs, panels, etc. • The attendees of the conference are a mix of novice to advanced brewers. Presentations can be specifically focused to a number of groups. • A handful of presentations are given twice. Presenters are encouraged, though not required, to propose multiple presentations on the same topic, possibly at different skill levels. • Serving beer, mead, or cider during a presentation is not necessary. If serving is relevant to the topic, the maximum number of beverages served during a presentation is two. • Presentations are 45 minutes long and should allow 15 minutes for questions. The allotted seminar time is 60 minutes. • Seminar presenters are given one complimentary full conference registration, including a ticket to the grand banquet and award ceremony. • Travel, hotel and other associated expenses are not covered by the American Homebrewers Association.
• Posters are an ideal way to present a topic when an oral presentation does not fit the standard seminar format. (Ex: Zymurgy gadget Issue – in poster format) • Posters pertaining to any aspect of homebrewing, mead-making, or cider-making are encouraged. • Posters are limited to 3’x4’ in size. Poster and design materials are not provided by the AHA; those interested in presenting will need to provide a poster. • Serving beverages with a poster is not recommended, unless it is worked into the planned hospitality schedule and the beer, mead or cider is on tap at the hospitality bar. • Posters are displayed in the Hospitality Suite. The AHA will provide an easel and area to display your poster. • Presenters are encouraged to accompany their posters for a set period of time as assigned by the AHA, typically during a two-hour span. You are encouraged to leave your poster up for attendees to view even when you are not presenting. • Conference registration, travel, hotel and other associated expenses are not covered by the American Homebrewers Association.
Submissions are evaluated by a panel of peers and American Homebrewers Association staff. Decisions are based on a combination of the following criteria:
• Interest in the topic • Relevance to homebrewing, mead-making, or cider-making • A review of past presentations • Presenters’ credentials