SCA Lecture Proposal Submission Information

2020 Portland Specialty Coffee Expo: April 24, 25 & 26

Deadline to submit is Friday October 4, 2019

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 2020 Portland Specialty Coffee Expo. Lecture proposals can pertain to any of the six tracks of information in coffee (track descriptions found below).

Lecture Dates & Times

Lecture timeslots 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 24, 2020:

  • Session 1: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

  • Session 2: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

  • Session 3: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Session 4: 2:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday | April 25, 2020:

  • Session 1: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

  • Session 2: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

  • Session 3: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Session 4: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sunday | April 26, 2020:

  • Session 1: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

  • Session 2: 9:45 am - 10:45 am

  • Session 3: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lecture Proposal Submissions

Please submit your lecture proposal by filing out the form linked below:

Important to remember:

  • All proposals must be submitted by Friday October 4, 2019

  • Speakers may submit multiple proposals but will be limited to two (2) lectures per event.

  • Marketing and promotion of commercial products or services is strictly prohibited. The intent of the program is to provide quality lectures focused on educational content, free from commercial influence or bias.  Also, all lecture presentations and materials must adhere to SCA logo and copyright policies.

  • 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 middle of November 2019.

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?


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