Call for Proposals Environmental Communication Without Boundaries: Second Annual Environmental Communication Graduate Student Pre-conference

 ICA 2019 - Washington DC, USA May 24, 2019; 9am-12pm

 Offsite Location: George Mason University – Arlington Campus


Graduate students, post-docs and other researchers who work in topics related to the environment, science, natural resources, environmental disasters, and sustainability are encouraged to submit their work to this year’s environmental communication division graduate student preconference. Following the theme of the 2019 ICA Conference – Communication Beyond Boundaries - the Environmental Communication Division encourages students to submit their research at any stage in their development with no boundaries on topic, method, or approach. Students who are able to submit a full paper prior to the conference will receive feedback from mentors on their paper. Our goals for this half day pre-conference are to provide a forum for connection with other early-career scholars, gather feedback on research projects, and receive advice pertaining to early career success from leading experts in the field. We hope you’ll join us for the Second Annual Environmental Communication Division Graduate Student Pre-conference at the 2019 ICA conference.

Pre-conference format: The morning will start with short presentations and a poster session in small group settings. Each group will include, in addition to fellow graduate students and researchers, leading scholars in the field of environmental communication. Presenters will receive feedback from peers, colleagues, and faculty on research projects at any stage in their development. After a networking coffee break, participants will gain insights regarding career opportunities, publishing, and future directions of environmental communication research from the invited scholars themselves. 

Fa  Faculty Mentors and Participants:

Dr. Edward Maibach, George Mason University

Dr. Jonathan Schuldt, Cornell University (Vice chair elect, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)

Dr. Lauren Feldman, Rutgers University

Dr. James Painter, Reuters Institute

Dr. Xinghua Li, Babson College

Dr. Shirley Ho, Nanyang Technological University

Dr. Franzisca Weder, University of Klagenfurt,

Dr. Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University 


Registration: $20 Participants must register for the pre-conference through the ICA conference portal at the time of registration for the main conference.

Applications for oral or poster presentation:

• Please submit all materials on this page

• Students should submit a 500-word abstract that outlines topic, theoretical framework, method, and if applicable, empirical application. Submission for presentation is not required for participation in the pre-conference.

• Questions should be addressed to Adina T. Abeles ( or Adam M. Rainear (


Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2019

 Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2019

SponsorshipThis pre-conference is sponsored through  generous support by:

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Cornell University

Department of Communication, University of Connecticut

George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication

Co-organizers: This pre-conference has been planned and conducted with help from the ICA, Environmental Communication Division leadership, and our pre-conference organizers:

Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D student, University of Connecticut

Adina T. Abeles, Ph.D student, Stanford University

Faculty advisor: Dr. Jonathon Schuldt, Cornell University (Vice Chair, Environmental Communication Division - ICA)