Hawaiʻi Museums Association Conference 2019

Surrounded by Science: Intersections of Science and Our Museums

April 11 & 12, 2019

Bishop Museum

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

Call for Session Proposals (Deadline February 7, 2019)

The conference committee invites proposals that address aspects of the upcoming conference theme: Surrounded by Science: Intersections of Science and Our Museums. We invite participants to explore the unique and varied ways in which local museums teach, use and relate to science both with the public and behind the scenes. The following 4 topic tracks have been selected with some suggested sub-topic sessions, presented concurrently. More and different sub-tracks are welcomed.



1. Climate Change

– disaster preparedness

– presenting climate content

– raising awareness

– latest research and expanded knowledge



– science and art

– museums and DOE

– education standards and exhibits 


3. Back of house science

– collections care, conservation and maintenance

– latest and greatest technologies

– pest management


4. Indigenous knowledge

– voyaging

– sustainable communities

– endemic plant and animal conservation

– traditional object care



This year instead of one Keynote Speaker we propose having each Topic Track be introduced by a thought leader before the concurrent sub-topic sessions begin. These kick-off presentations will be about 15-20 minutes long. Suggestions for those presenters are welcome.

Please submit a biography of the thought leader you would like to suggest.

Proposals can be submitted for Individual Presentations, Panels, or Workshops with a preference for panels and workshops that include 3 to 4 people. Concurrent sessions will be 60 minutes in length.

Individual Presentations: Individual presentations on various topics will be scheduled into the concurrent sessions according to topic. Individual presentations are 60 minutes in length.

Panels: A moderated session with up to 4 presentations organized around a sub-topic; individual presentations are 10-15 minutes in length, depending on the number of presenters in a 1 hour session; panel moderator introduces presenters and conducts Q&A session at end of session. Biographies for all presenters are required along with a complete session agenda.

Workshop: An interactive, highly facilitated, “hands-on” session that emphasizes the application of information and/or technology. Active audience participation is encouraged. One cohesive workshop description is required with a list of all facilitators.

NOTE: All presenters must be registered for the conference.

Additional Conference Details

Important: HMA will provide a projector/screen for PowerPoint presentations. However, HMA may not provide laptops for the presentations. Either the moderator or presenter needs to provide a laptop, as well as supply any connectors (particularly VGA connectors for Mac users). HMA encourages workshops to be held at local museums. Site-wide WIFI will be available.

Scheduling Details: You will be notified by March 1, 2019 if your session has received a final approval by the

Conference Committee. You will be responsible for notifying your speakers of the final approval.

Thank you for your submission and supporting HMA!

We look forward to seeing you in Honolulu in 2019!