NSC 2020 Congress & Expo - Call for Papers
Technical Sessions and Professional Development Seminars

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal. 


Presentations are 60 minutes and must be delivered in the following fashion: 

  • Lecture: Single
  • Lecture: Multiple speakers
  • Panel Discussion: Dialogue among multiple speakers 

Preference in Technical Sessions is given to: 

  • Those submissions with multiple speakers
  • Those submissions with a participant from industry
  • Those submissions that describe or outline a specific case study or project from industry
  • Topics which reflect current, recent or emerging issues or changes in those issues
  • In order to meet the growing experience of our attendees, special consideration will be given to submissions from the Intermediate and Advanced categories
  • Emerging Issues
    This track will focus on how safety leaders and safety professionals are preparing for the future. Among the possible topics that could be considered: How are employers preparing for and responding to the changing demographics of their workforces? Are safety programs being offered in multiple languages or being designed to meet the challenges of different levels of education and literacy in workforces? Are new approaches being taken to address falls among older workers or ergonomics issues with young workers? What will your safety program look like in future years?
  • Technology
    This track is looking for submissions on current state of the art in safety technology or case studies and examples of how companies have effectively used technology to further their safety efforts. Examples include: drone technology; use of mobile applications; use of data analytics in real time to identify and mitigate risks; wearable technology; and on-demand content/knowledge generation. Included in this track would also be technology that addresses the challenges of remote operations. Regarding drone technology, possible topics would include minimum operator qualifications, operator training and vetting, data collection and management, security risks, and local government regulations.


Seminars are one to multi-day courses that require a separate fee for registered attendees. The seminars provide hands on, in-depth knowledge building career advancing opportunities and must be delivered in a classroom-style format.


Levels of Attendee Experience for Technical Sessions

Participants include a wide array of industry professionals with a varied level of experience and expertise, including: academic representatives, industry leaders, company executives, government officials, human resource and personnel managers, industrial hygienists, plant managers, safety directors, union members and volunteer organizations from as many as 60 foreign countries. 



Geared toward the attendee who is:

• New to the safety industry and has had little or no training

• 1-3 years experience


Geared toward the attendee who:

• Has experience in the field and wants to build on it

• 4-9 years experience


Geared toward the attendee who:

• Is considered a “seasoned” safety and health professional

• 10+ years experience


  • NSC does not endorse commercial products or lobby commercial products for specific legislation.
  • Speakers are not permitted to sell, promote or otherwise give significant exposure to any company or organization's materials, products and/or services.
  • Advertising, informational literature, samples, etc., in meeting rooms, corridors, guest rooms or other adjacent areas are not permitted. This restriction also applies to printed matter promoting sessions or activities of other non-NSC groups. 


  • Proposals must be submitted by Friday, January 31, 2020 via this web form.
  • Availability must be confirmed prior to proposal submission. If a session is accepted, cancellation is strongly discouraged.
  • International submissions should focus on universal safety topics rather than those specific to a particular region or country.
  • Proposals must detail what will be learned by attending the proposed session(s).
  • Proposals must be for a technical session or one/multi-day course (Professional Development Seminar).
  • For Technical Sessions, all expenses must be covered by speakers; however, speakers are entitled to a full Congress & Expo registration, which includes entrance to all technical sessions, keynotes and the expo Monday through Wednesday (not Professional Development Seminars).
  • If you are chosen to conduct a Professional Development Seminar the instructor will be paid speaker expenses to be outlined in a contract once selected.
  • Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the NSC Congress Program Committee. All participants will be contacted by March 2020.

For further information, please contact:


Hilda Koskiewicz

National Safety Council


(630) 775-2037


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