SCA Lecture Proposal Submission Information

2019 Boston Specialty Coffee Expo: April 12, 13 and 14

Deadline to submit is Friday, October 12, 2018

The SCA Lecture Series is a sequence of educational talks and panels that are given to attendees during the Specialty Coffee Expo. The SCA is looking for qualified presenters to submit a lecture proposal for the 2019 Boston Specialty Coffee Expo. Lectures proposals can pertain to any of these six tracks: Humanities & Social Science, Sustainability, Science & Innovation, Coffee Farming & Processing, Roasting & Retailing, or Trading & Commerce (track descriptions found below).


Lecture Dates & Times

Lecture time slots will be 1 hour with a 15-minute transition time. Selected lectures/panels will be scheduled at some point across the following dates and times:

    Friday April 12, 2019:

    • Session 1: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
    • Session 2: 10:15AM - 11:15AM
    • Session 3: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
    • Session 4: 2:00PM - 3:00PM

    Saturday April 13, 2019:

    • Session 1: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
    • Session 2: 10:15AM - 11:15AM
    • Session 3: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
    • Session 4: 2:00PM - 3:00PM

    Sunday April 14, 2019:

    • Session 1: 9:00AM - 10:00AM
    • Session 2: 10:15AM - 11:15AM
    • Session 3: 11:30AM - 12:30PM

    Lecture Proposal Submissions

    • All proposals must be submitted by Friday October 12, 2018
    • Speakers may submit multiple proposals but will be limited to two (2) lectures per event.
    • The intent of the lecture series program is to provide quality lectures focused on educational content, free from commercial influence or bias.
    • Speakers will be asked to create a visual presentation that is appropriate for the session (i.e. PowerPoint, Prezi, Keynote). 
    • It is recommended that each lecture include a handout that is either 1) a summary of key points, or 2) a list of resources or key tips/practices etc.
    • Selection Process: Each proposal is individually read and rated by the Lecture Review Committee. Ratings are based on such factors as (but not limited to) speaker credentials, relevance, originality, and learning objectives. Those with the highest aggregated ranking within the corresponding category will be accepted to fill a limited number of timeslots.
    • Decision notifications will be sent out via email to the designated primary contact by the end of November 2018.

    Lecture Track Descriptions

    Humanities & Social Science: Societal issues and the relationships among individuals within a society. Topics include those within the specialty coffee community and those around the development, structure, and function of human society.

    Example titles of past Humanities & Social Science lectures:

    • Mentorship in Specialty Coffee: Students Become the Teachers
    • How the Coffee Industry Can Make Successful Refugee Resettlement Possible

    Sustainability: Topics related to human, economic, environmental and social issues related to sustainable coffee production and consumption. 

    Example titles of past Sustainability lectures:

    • The Carbon Footprint of Coffee: Mitigation Strategies for Roasters
    • Strengthening the Links in the Coffee Value Chain by Integrating Gender

    Science & Innovation: Topics related to research, technological advancement, and discoveries that help us to understand and make coffee better.

    Example titles of past Science & Innovation lectures:

    • Demystifying, Updating, and Expanding the Brewing Control Chart
    • Turning Research into “Reach”search! How to Ensure Coffee Genetics Reach Producers

    Coffee Farming & Processing: Topics relating to coffee production, including farming, farm labor, processing and export.

    Example titles of past Coffee Farming & Processing lectures:

    • Coffee Farm Profitability – The Impact of Best Practices and GAP (Good Agriculture Practices)
    • Nutrición Foliar en los Períodos de Pre- y Post-floración, y su Incidencia en la Fenología y Productividad del Cafeto (coffea arábica)

    Roasting & Retailing: Subjects specifically relating to coffee roasting or retailing, including trends, roaster and barista culture, technology, retail design, craft, business management and techniques.

    Example titles of past Roasting & Retailing lectures:

    • The Best Way to Roast for Espresso
    • Café Design and Company Culture: How Thoughtful Design Can Radically Transform Your Company, Your Staff, and Your Future

    Trading & Commerce: Topics related to strategy, tactics and case studies relating to business, finance, product development, marketing and trade of coffee.

    Example titles of past Trading & Commerce lectures:

    • Making Donor Dollars Count
    • Coffee Price Volatility: Can We Mitigate It?