You are warmly invited to submit one or more presentation proposals for the 40th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy to be held from Sunday, August 9, through Friday, August 14, 2020, in beautiful San Diego, California. Hosted by the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), the conference objectives are to inform, instruct, and inspire attendees to explore and preserve their Jewish family history.
To begin the process for submitting a proposal, go to the Abstract Submission page.
To edit a proposal that you already submitted to the San Diego Conference, go to the Abstract Service Center.
Speakers may submit any number of proposals. Because of the limited budget for speakers (see Complimentary Registration below), we will give preference to speakers for whom we can schedule two or more presentations.
It is not a reflection on the quality of your proposal if we do not accept all of your proposals. We greatly appreciate your willingness to give us a choice of proposals and your interest in sharing your expertise and knowledge. We receive about twice as many proposals as we can accept.
A timetable of the abstract submittal process is as follows:
Based upon feedback from previous conferences, we are delighted to offer a series of themed tracks to link various presentations throughout the conference. Proposed abstracts that meet any of the following theme categories are encouraged, and other broad topics in Jewish Genealogy are encouraged as well. We would like to highlight the following tracks:
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an innovative idea for programming that you would like to discuss with the conference and program chairs prior to your submittal or before our deadline.
We are particularly interested in multi-media lectures/presentations that enable our participants to enhance their genealogical research by teaching them to:
Our conference budget allows for no more than 100 speakers to be given “complimentary full conference registration”. Only the main presenter or moderator in a group presentation or panel will receive complimentary registration. Other panel participants who are not registered for the conference may attend that session only and must have an official guest pass to clear security. Please contact the conference chair email@example.com with any questions about guest panelists.
There may be some exceptions provided for local dignitaries or other special invitees of the conference.
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Abstract submissions must contain all of the following:
An invitation to submit a proposal does not constitute a guarantee of acceptance. The Program Committee will evaluate all proposals and attempt to notify all submitters by the stated deadline. As we are volunteers, we know you will be understanding. Please accept or decline within one week of notification, so we can get on with publishing our conference schedule.
For each presentation, speakers are expected to provide handout material. Our attendees are particularly interested in receiving website addresses referenced in each presentation. The “handouts” are to be submitted in PDF form and will become available to all Conference registrants via our conference website and mobile device app. Further details will be provided in the letter of acceptance.
We look forward to receiving your proposals and thank you for your interest in our special 40th anniversary conference! Best of luck with your abstract submittals!
Program Committee, IAJGS San Diego 2020
If you have forgotten your speaker password from a past conference or from submitting an abstract to this conference, go to the Abstract Service Center. On the right, under the “Sign In” button, there is a “Forgot Password?” link. Click on it and follow the instructions in the window that opens.
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