Conference Proposals

Our call for PeaceCon 2019 proposals is now closed! Thank you for your interest.

We encourage peacebuilders from across the world to share their ideas for panels, workshops, or other creative sessions. We are seeking submissions from a diversity of organizations and speakers.  The sessions will be designed to stimulate discussion and audience engagement. All proposals will be submitted through an online form. A link to this form can be found at the bottom of this page. Please carefully read the guidelines and instructions before submitting your proposal.

The full guidelines can be found here or read below.

USIP Day – October 2
At USIP the focus will be on how to address the bigger picture issues and questions including: understanding the changing contexts of conflict and peace: providing new frameworks and tools to analyze causes and dynamics of peace and violent conflict; developing adaptive and agile organizational approaches for planning, management, implementation and learning in a disrupted world. At USIP we will explore what it means and what it takes to be a peacebuilder today and in the near future, including knowledge, skills, and experience in a field that is driven by increased specialization and multidisciplinary approaches and the ability to solve problems through interdisciplinary knowledge.

Panels should also seek to bring together policymakers and practitioners and/or explore where policy meets practice.

Submission Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted through an online form below. A link to the form can be found at the end of this document. Please carefully read the guidelines and instructions below before submitting your proposal.

In an effort to promote collaboration, all proposals will require more than one session organizer/speaker, and must be thematically focused. Standalone proposals from individuals or entities will likely not be accepted. 

When submitting a proposal, you must select one of the general areas listed below and then highlight which sub-topics the session will cover under that general area. To keep sessions focused on a primary issue, each proposal may only cover one general area. We understand that your proposal may link to other general areas and sub-topics and encourage you to discuss cross-cutting issues in your proposal description if applicable.

Rising Challenges

    • Technology and Social Media (at USIP focus on Ethics and Principles)
    • Geopolitics and Hybrid Warfare
    • Balancing Security and Well Being
    • Corruption and Peacebuilding
    • Resource Scarcity, Pollution and Climate Shocks
    • Domestic Peacebuilding in the U.S. (will not be discussed at USIP)
    • Engaging the Private Sector in Peacebuilding


    • 20 years of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Progress & Gaps
    • Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality
    • Youth & Peacebuilding
    • Religious Actors in Peacebuilding
    • Local Peacebuilding
    • Movement Building
    • Peace Education


    • US Government and other Government Approaches to Peacebuilding
    • Peacebuilding in Global Institutions
    • Sustainable Development Goal 16 and Other Frameworks


    • Learning from Failure
    • Violence Reduction
    • Violent Extremism
    • Proving Impact/Program Effectiveness (DM & E)
    • Conflict Sensitivity
    • Conflict Resolution and Prevention
    • Nonviolent Action
    • Neuroscience and Trauma Healing
    • Solutions for Complex Contexts
    • Innovative Financing


We encourage the development of participatory and interactive sessions. Below are sample structures and formats that should serve as guiding examples. Please note that these are only examples. AfP will consider the use of other formats not listed and encourage creativity and innovation. All proposed sessions should not exceed 1.5 hours in length.

Formal Presentation – Sample formats include:

  • Facilitated Panel Discussion – Moderated discussion by no more than four panelists and one moderator.
  • Storytelling –Speakers tell their stories to help illustrate the themes related to the conference. This session works best with 4 – 5 speakers each having around 15 minutes to tell their story.
  • Lightning Talks – Lighting talks typical have a group of speakers that are allotted no more than 10 minutes to make each of their presentations. This session format ideally yields several informative presentations through encouraging presenters to be as concise as possible with their time constraints.
  • Ignite Presentations – Ignite presentations are similar to lightning talks but use a PowerPoint presentation style with slides changing every 15 – 25 seconds. This format makes use of excellent visual presentation to support a very clear and articulated message.


Workshop – Workshops are typically interactive sessions that involve group-wide activities that can accommodate 20 – 40 individuals. Below are some sample formats:

  • Problem Solving Session – Speakers pose a problem and lead attendees through exercise to develop solutions.
  • Roundtables – Roundtable workshops seat attendees around a table. Roundtable presentations typically include a presentation, followed by a discussion and feedback round. This session is ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a specific topic.
  • Campfire Session – A group of facilitators first start with a brief presentation, but then shift the attention to the audience allowing for a facilitated discussion.


Example Session I

Session Title:

Evaluating Initiatives to Prevent Radicalization of Youth in the Sahel

General Area Selected:

  • Practice

Topics Chosen:

  • Violent Extremism

Session Format:

  • Problem Solving Workshop


Example Session II

Session Title:

Raising the Bar – Meaningful Gender Inclusion in Peacebuilding

General Area Selected:

  • Empowerment

Topics Chosen:

  • Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality
  • 20 Year of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Progress & Gaps
  • Youth & Peacebuilding

Session Format:

  • Ignite Presentation


Example Session III

Session Title:

How to Pitch Peace to Governments: Building a Toolkit for Advocates

General Area Selected:

  • Policy

Topics Chosen:

  • Peacebuilding in Global Institutions
  • US Government and other Government Approaches to Peacebuilding

Session Format:

  • Roundtable

Know Before You Submit

Speaker Selection:

We encourage presenters to represent a variety of perspectives and backgrounds, including non-US voices, local peacebuilders, and having gender balance. AfP recommends reaching out to potential speakers before you submit your proposal to ensure they will be available. Accepted proposals will have no more than 5 speakers, including the moderator.

In order to ensure the greatest chances for success, we encourage those interested in submitting proposals to carefully review our guidelines. In addition, those interested should note the following:

  • Proposals can be assigned for any time between 9:00am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 3rd and Friday, October 4th. Please do not submit a proposal if there is inflexibility in the time that it can take place, but also let us know if you have a general time preference, as we will do our best to accommodate these preferences. Almost all proposals will be considered for days 2 and 3 at FHI 360. Outstanding proposals may be considered for day 1 (October 2nd) at USIP.
  • Please ensure proposals are detailed and substantive.
  • AfP may not be able to guarantee all AV requests. Therefore, please indicate all AV needs when submitting your proposal.
  • Due to the high volume of submissions, not all proposals will be accepted for the conference. We will review the proposals and determine if applicants with similar topics present together to produce a more dynamic session.


Organizers with accepted proposals are required to:

  • Provide the contact information of all their speakers to AfP.
  • Develop their session, and meet all AfP deadlines (see below). An AfP staff member will be assigned to provide guidance assistance.  However, the applicant is responsible for all session development including:
    1. Confirming all speakers and communicating to them AfP’s speaker registration policy (See below).
    2. Submitting information to promote their session.
    3. Coordinating session materials, handouts and powerpoints.

Please note that:

    • AfP does not provide complimentary hotel/travel expenses for speakers.
    • AfP does not provide free day-long admission for speakers at the conference (With the exeception of day 1 at USIP). Speakers are allowed to attend their own session at no cost, but must register if they wish to participate in the conference.
    • Speakers DO receive a set discount of $125 for admission to either days 2 and/or 3 of the conference. (Day 1 will be free for all speakers to attend)


If your proposal is selected, you will be expected to meet the following deadlines:

May 20 – Session Proposals Due
June 14 – Notification of Acceptance
June 21 – Confirm Session Title and Submit Short Blurb
July 20 – Confirm Session Speakers and Submit Final Description for Conference Program
August 10 – Speaker Bios Requested for Conference App
September 16 – Communicate Final AV/Media Needs
September 16 – 20 – Organize Call with AfP Staff Lead to Finalize Session Flow and Logistics