Call for Abstracts


Call for Panels, Speakers, and Listening Sessions


The NAI Annual Meeting will feature stimulating panels, presentations, and listening sessions where leading experts will speak on trending topics in invention, breakthroughs in research, and the impact of innovation on society as they relate to this year’s theme: Sustainable Futures: Propelling Innovative Ecosystems.

At previous NAI Annual Meetings, successful presentations have been followed with articles featured in the special meeting issue of the multidisciplinary journal Technology and Innovation.

These presentations will deliver inspiring findings and informational content for our attendees across three Innovation Sessions held April 8th and 9th at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona.

Suggested topics include:


Duration of presentation, depending upon placement in the meeting schedule

  • Panel: are 1 – 1.25 hours in length (including 10 minutes for Q&A) and typically feature one moderator with three or four presenters who share ideas, viewpoints, and experiences on key topics and issues. Questions and comments from the audience are encouraged. PowerPoint slides are encouraged.

  • Individual speaker presentation: are 15 minutes in length and are high-impact sessions that enable presenters to present key information in a concise format. All are accompanied by PowerPoint slides.

  • Listening session or workshop: are 1.25 hours in length and are designed to allow for sustained interactions for participants and organizers around a particular topic. Ideally, organizers should document input received and produce a white paper that may be shared with NAI audiences.

Proposal Submission & Decisions 
Each abstract submission will require:

  • Title (up to 150 characters)

  • Thoughtfully written abstract (up to 3000 characters)

  • Information for the speaker(s) proposed

  • Author(s)


Interested innovators are encouraged to submit their abstract proposal to NAI through the portal, no later than January 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The acceptance decisions will be made continuously, as the proposals arrive, but not later than three weeks after the submission deadline. There are strong limitations for the number of presenters, thus you are encouraged to submit your proposal early.


Submit abstract here!


For further information, please contact: 
Autumn Silas | [email protected]
Special Projects Manager, National Academy of Inventors