Ends on March 1, 2019

Welcome to the online submissions portal for SSEA 2019, the 9th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, to be held in Toronto, Canada on October 10-12, 2019. 

This is the portal to submit an innovative session. Please note, if you are submitting TWO proposals as first author, you must re-enter the submission portal to complete the second proposal. There is a limit of two submissions per person in a first-author role (i.e., first author of a poster, individual paper, or paper within a symposium; presenter in a discussion session, debate, or innovative session). 


Innovative Sessions

Innovative sessions are intended to encourage discussion, debate, and/or collaboration. These sessions are meant to enhance the experience of SSEA conference attendees and provide a format that allows for a unique and engaging conference-going experience. Each session will be allocated 90 minutes.

Some examples include but are not limited to: 

§ A fishbowl session where 2-3 participants engage in a debate on a critical topic in the center of the room and then invite audience members to participate. 

§ A networking session where participants engage in structured interactive session around a common theme. Organizers would pick a theme and structure opportunities to connect with scholars doing similar work. 

§ Another session type of your choosing.

Innovative session proposals must include the following information in a 500 word abstract:

§ Identify session leaders with clearly articulated roles

§ Provide detailed description of the session goals 

§ Provide detailed description of the focus of the session in terms of theory, method(s), community partnerships, mentorship, professional development, or other themes 

§ Describe the intended audience for the session (e.g., emerging scholars who are entering the job market)

§ Space requirements for the session (i.e., room size and/or equipment necessary). 

Criteria for Proposal Selection:

1.    Focus of the proposal is on emerging adulthood (age range 18-29).

2.    Importance of the topic.

3.    For empirical presentations, methods must be appropriate for the research question(s). Research using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods are all encouraged.

4.    For Discussion Sessions, Debates, and Innovative Sessions, the topic and structure of the session must be clearly defined and cohesive.

Submission Deadline: March 1st

Notification of Decisions: April 15th.

Expedited Review: To accommodate international travel and special circumstances that may warrant an extended period between decision notification and the conference, we are offering expedited reviews to those whose circumstances qualify. Expedited review will only be granted in situations that would otherwise prohibit a presenter from traveling to the conference. You will be able to indicate this option when you submit your proposal. Proposals submitted for expedited review are due on March 1st and notifications will be granted within two weeks (March 15th).


For questions, contact info@ssea.org