Call for Presentations: NAI National Conference

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Have you always wanted to present at a conference and give back to your field? Have you been involved in an interesting project this year, want to explore new trends or be part of a provocative conversation? Then you will want to submit a proposal for NAI 2018 National Conference to be held in New Orleans, November 27 – December 1, 2018!

Submit a Proposal

Important note: If you are cutting and pasting the information into the dialogue boxes please be sure to use Notepad and not Microsoft Word. Microsoft word adds extra formatting that can cause an error in your submission. It is best to first create and save your proposal in Notepad and then paste the copy into the correct dialogue boxes on the online submission form.

As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary the theme for our 2018 conference - It’s Our Time – provides the perfect opportunity for you to reflect on the past, analyze the present and discuss how to shape a better future.  We are looking for thought-provoking sessions that speak to where interpretation started and how far it has come – bringing multiple perspectives from founding members to emerging members. Perhaps most important – where is interpretation headed and what role can it play in improving communication on critical issues facing our world?

Important dates:

  • Proposal submissions deadline: April 2, 2018
  • Notification of acceptance to presenters (presenters accept or decline offer to present): May 11, 2018
  • Conference registration deadline: October 26, 2018 (please note all presenters and co-presenters must register for the conference).
  • Conference session dates: November 27 – December 1, 2018.  (Saturday, December 1 will be devoted to half-day and full-day educational off-site sessions.)

Who should submit a proposal:

  • Professionals who work or teach in the field of interpretation and love what they do!
  • Commercial attendees who will be exhibiting in the Resource Expo who want to share their knowledge. (Please note that sessions should address issues in the field of interpretation and are not to be used to promote products or services.) It is suggested that you include co-presenters from interpretive sites in your presentation.
  • Senior, mid-career and emerging members who have a story to tell that speaks to the overall 2018 conference theme – It’s Our Time.
  • Anyone who has a contribution to make to the field of interpretation – help us promote professionalism in the industry by sharing your experience and expertise.

Presenter tips for submitting a proposal: 

Session proposals will be reviewed based on how relevant it is to this year’s conference theme and the profession of interpretation. Reviewers will look at how engaging the presentation is to the audience members along with actionable outcomes that can immediately be put to use to better their programs or organizations.

  • Title: choose a title that fits your description and speaks to a broad audience.
  • Description: write a clear description that tells the reviewer why you chose this subject matter, what the problem was and the strategies used for overcoming the problem.
  • Learning Objectives: define the expected goals of your session in terms of demonstrable skills or knowledge that a participant will learn as a result of instruction.

Key information to help you budget:

Submitting a session proposal indicates your intention to attend the conference.  Below are some of the costs to help you plan your budget to attend.  For tips on securing organizational support from your supervisor, please visit "How to Get Approval to Attend the NAI Conference."

HOTEL:  $149 per night single/double (taxes not included)

REGISTRATION FEE:  from $385 for full registration (early bird, staying at the hotel)

TRAVEL:  New Orleans is a major destination and served by traditional and low-cost carriers.  
From the airport, there are several options for ground transportation.  Taxi rides cost $36.00 from the airport to the Central Business District (CBD) or French Quarter for up to two (2) passengers. For three (3) or more passengers, the fare will be $15.00 per passenger. Taxis are required to accept credit card payments.

Shuttle service is available from the airport to hotels and various other locations in the New Orleans for $24.00 (per person, one-way) or $44.00 (per person, round-trip).

The Airport-Downtown Express (E2) Bus is $2.00 and provides service from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to New Orleans, which takes approximately fifty (50) minutes.

Uber and Lyft offers transportation services from the Airport.

2018 NAI National Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana

November 27 – December 1

Pre-conference Workshop Proposals

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Pre-conference workshops are one- or two-day training sessions available to participants for an additional fee. NAI shares proceeds with pre-conference workshop presenters. If you are interested in presenting a pre-conference workshop, fill out this form and return it to Michele Farmer at

Interested in Sponsorships or Advertising?

Contact NAI Events Manager Michele Farmer at or 970-484-8283 x805.

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