2018 Biennial Research Symposium

From January 12-14, 2018, an international research symposium will be held at the Bradford Woods Campus of Indiana University near Martinsville, Indiana, a short drive from the Indianapolis Airport. The purpose of this gathering is to advance the empirical, conceptual, and theoretical bases of outdoor education.  Like the first thirteen CEO Research Symposia, this symposium will bring together a wide array of researchers to explore current and future trends in using the outdoors for educational and therapeutic purposes. In addition to spotlighting current research, the program includes featured presentations on timely issues and ample time for both structured and informal dialogue.

The symposium is purposely small and informal to promote productive interaction. The event draws people interested in adventure education, organized camping, environmental education and interpretation, and other outdoor education contexts. Attendees’ evaluation comments about previous gatherings are testament to the atmosphere of the conference.  People were pleased with the “amazing range of academics,” “being here at Bradford Woods—all of us together at a very reasonable cost,” and the “passion of all involved.” Because of the diversity of topics, the informal exchanges, and the quality of sessions, this event is a favorite of both well-established and emerging scholars in the field. It’s also affordable.

Persons wishing to present (oral and/or poster) at the symposium must submit an electronic copy of their abstract (not to exceed 2 single-spaced pages; references only may extend onto a third page; 12 pt Times New Roman preferred) addressing the background, methods, results, and discussion of the study (authors of conceptual papers may use other headings). Authors are encouraged to utilize and identify the theoretical framework for their studies. It is expected that presentations at the CEO symposium will not have been previously published or presented elsewhere. Abstracts that ask the same questions, use the same analyses, and make the same logical arguments should not be presented at CEO. Abstracts of works in progress may be submitted provided that a full report can be given at the January symposium. Abstracts are due by September 15, 2017

All abstracts and manuscripts will be critiqued and evaluated by three reviewers. Notification of acceptance will follow on or around October 20.  Individuals whose abstracts are accepted will be expected to present their study at the symposium.  Abstracts of all presentations will be compiled and bound for dissemination at the symposium. Previous symposia abstracts can be viewed at www.outdooredcoalition.org.  Questions about the submission or review process for symposium abstracts can be directed to Kendra Liddicoat (kendra.liddicoat@uwsp.edu) review coordinator for CEO Research Symposium 2018.  Authors of accepted abstracts are strongly encouraged to submit full manuscripts to the refereed journal, Research in Outdoor Education (ROE) to be published by Cornell University Press. Contact Tim O’Connell (toconnell@brocku.ca) for author guidelines and to submit a manuscript to ROE. Details will also be available at the symposium..  Questions regarding conference logistics or registration can be directed to Charles Yaple (yaplec@cortland.edu)


The time line for the review process is:   

  • September 15 - Deadline for submission of abstracts
  • October 20 - Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • November 17 - Revised abstracts submitted for binding and distribution at symposium
  • January 12-14 - Research Symposium (15 minute presentations and/or poster presentations)

How to Submit Abstract

  1. Send e-mail attachment in MS Word. 
  2. Use lead author’s name as document file name (e.g., SMITH.doc).
  3. Put “CEO Abstract - <lead author’s last name>” in “subject line” of email message.
  4. In body of email message include…
  • Preference for oral report or poster presentation.
  • Full title of the abstract.
  • Names, affiliations, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of ALL
  1. Send to: Dr. Kendra Liddicoat (kendra.liddicoat@uwsp.edu)
    voice: 715-346-2028

Deadline is September 15, 2017


Symposium Registration

Information regarding registration for the January 12-14, 2018 Outdoor Education Research Symposium at Indiana University’s Bradford Woods Campus is available at the following link www.bradwoods.org/ceo. Go to the Event Calendar to find the CEO Symposium 2018 and then Click Here for Registration Instructions. Please contact Chad Simmons at Bradford Woods if you need assistance with the process.

Pre-Symposium Conference Itinerary


For More Information

Coalition for Education in the Outdoors
SUNY Cortland
PRST 2217, P.O. Box 2000
Cortland, NY  13045

Voice: 607-753-4968
Fax: 607-753-5982
E-mail: rpls@cortland.edu

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