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 CURRENTS 2012 :: June 10-12, 2012

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Are you at the helm, navigating through uncharted waters?
Researchers come aboard and tell your stories of discovery!

  • Are you conducting research that sheds light on a new public relations issue or discovery?
  • Do you tackle an age old challenge to find a new result?
  • Is it time to share your findings with others from the worlds of PR education and industry?
  • Do you know someone who is conducting PR research? Spread the word.

If you are a public relations educator, public relations graduate student or a public relations professional who meets the Society’s criteria for advancing the profession of public relations, get on deck!


The CPRS National Council on Education invites public relations educators, public relations graduate students and public relations professionals to submit abstracts relating to public relations research, theory and practice for presentation at the poster session scheduled to take place during the 2012 CPRS Conference in Victoria, BC from June 10-12. This poster session will showcase examples of research and innovation from public relations scholars.

All submissions will be blind peer reviewed and those accepted will be scheduled for presentation during the conference. Researchers whose posters are accepted for presentation must be registered for the conference (a special Educators rate is available) prior to being scheduled. Those who are not registered will not be scheduled for presentation.

Initial paper acceptance is based on a one-page abstract submitted for consideration before Wednesday November 30, 2011. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and upon acceptance, authors must submit their poster as a slide in PowerPoint format by Friday March 30, 2012. Abstracts must demonstrate innovative and original research in public relations and professional communication.

If you have any questions, please email Tracey Baker, Director, Education at CPRS at

General Instructions for Submitting Abstracts:

  • All abstracts are due by midnight Wednesday November 30, 2011. Abstracts should be double spaced and no more than 250 words.
  • All submissions must include the author(s), affiliation(s), title(s) and contact information in the spaces provided on the submission form (must not be contained within the Abstract document).
  • Upon acceptance, authors must submit their poster in slide format in Microsoft PowerPoint by Friday March 30, 2012.
  • Posters in a printed and laminated form must be available by Monday May 14, 2012 (final size(s) to be confirmed at a later date).
  • Authors will receive further instructions for the poster sessions when accepted.
  • Authors of submitted and accepted abstracts must be registered to attend the 2012 CPRS Conference in Victoria, BC prior to being scheduled for presentation. Those who are not registered will not be scheduled to present.
  • To see examples of posters that were presented at the 2011 Conference, go to

Presentations are limited to no more than 20 minutes each including the question period.

Abstract Submission Process:

  • The Call for Posters Submission Form will ask you to provide your Research Abstract (with no Author identification), a personal profile and a head shot. Please ensure you read and understand all information provided here prior to making your submission.
  • Your proposal will be forwarded to the 2012 Canadian Public Relations Poster Session Committee, after which it will undergo a blind peer review by the Peer Review Committee.

The deadline for submission is Wednesday November 30th, 2011.

After Your Abstract Submission is Received:

The 2012 Canadian Public Relations Poster Session Committee will evaluate each abstract and accept those that best meet the selection criteria of:

  • Relevance to the conference theme of “Currents,” staying current in a world of changing and shifting issues and trends in public relations
  • Clarity of research topic
  • Contribution to knowledge and understandings of Public Relations and Communication Management theory and practice

Presenters whose presentations are chosen for inclusion in the program will be notified via email by Tuesday January 31, 2012. For those who are accepted, please ensure that, if you have not done so already by this time, you register immediately for the 2012 CPRS Conference in order to be scheduled for presentation.

Presenter’s Agreement and Communication:

CPRS acknowledges that the copyright for all research and posters remains with the Researcher.

CPRS reserves the right to include all materials on the CPRS member-only website.

Each selected researcher agrees to provide a brief personal profile (150 word maximum in French and English, if possible) and a photograph to accompany the poster and abstract on the CPRS website.

Conference Details:

Title: Currents-2012 Canadian Public Relations Conference
Dates: June 10-12, 2012
Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, BC


Abstract Submission deadline: Wednesday November 30, 2011 (move to next line)
Selection Notification: Tuesday January 31, 2012
Poster due as a ppt slide: Friday March 30, 2012
Poster due (printed and laminated): Monday May 14, 2012
Presentation length: 20 minutes including question period

Questions? Email Tracey Baker, Director, Education at CPRS at

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