Call for Presentations for a Free VIRTUAL CONFERENCE AND SHOWCASE–Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge

April 23-25th, 2021.  Deadline for Proposals was March 26, 2021. Accepted proposals have a deadline for submissions of electronic material for upload, April 16, 2021.  PLEASE CIRCULATE WIDELY IN YOUR NETWORKS!

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Transcending Barriers: Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge

To mark the conclusion of the Wm. M. Keck funded project “Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge,” the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement will host an on-line conference to feature work done by the project partners, and to highlight many other initiatives and efforts taking place to advance inquiry, research, and education that honor indigenous knowledge, and connect indigenous, local, and “Western” knowledge systems in order to work towards effective and equitable solutions for the important and contested issues of our time. For more information go to

We invite proposals for submissions in the following formats:

  • Electronic Poster Presentations (PDF, Presenters will be asked to attend two synchronous poster sessions.)
  • 5-8 Minute Video Presentations (mp4)
  • 60 Minute Live/Synchronous Panels of 3-5 participants (these will be limited to 6-7 over three days)

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and instructions for submitting digital presentations will be provided on acceptance.  Some guidelines for easily creating a video presentation from PPT are HERE

NCSCE’s peer reviewed e-journal, Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal is planning a special issue on the theme of connecting indigenous and western knowledge in 2022, and proposals (250 words max.) for research articles and project reports are also supported and invited.

The Immersive Learning Research Network ( ) will be the co-sponsor of this virtual conference and its VirBELA campus will serve as a venue for the asynchronous digital content (posters and videos) during the meeting. Content will also be uploaded to NCSCE’s YouTube channel so you will be asked to provide permission for public viewing. Presenters can choose to present live/synchronous content either in VirBela or on zoom or similar platform.  To explore VirBELA’s platform go to:   Presenters who chose VirBELA will be offered an orientation in advance.

Synchronous panels and keynote presentations will be scheduled in the April 23-25 time frame, between 2:00pm and 6:00pm Eastern. Digital content will be available continuously on the VirBELA campus during the conference period, and on the NCSCE YouTube channel afterwards.

To propose a presentation, panel, or poster please use this google form: