Large conferences like TAM are very expensive to produce, and as a result, registration fees may be unaffordable for some people, especially for students or for those with more limited incomes. Even though the JREF offers a number of discounted registration options this year, making this TAM more affordable than ever, registration may still be out of reach for some.
We are happy to announce that due to several generous individuals who have partnered with the JREF to organize various grant programs to help those who need financial assistance to attend The Amaz!ng Meeting 2014, dozens of people will be able to come to TAM this year who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend. These grants apply directly to the TAM registration fee in order to cover full registration. The grants do not cover airfare, hotel, or other expenses, including additional add-on events at TAM.
Here is information about how support this year’s grant programs, as well as how to apply:
TAM Educator Grants. The Amazing Meeting is a great place for educators to meet and network with other educators, get educational resources (including printed copies of the JREF’s education modules for classroom use), pick up tips, and be inspired. Help us inspire and energize educators who want to bring more skepticism and critical thinking into their classroom, by covering all or part of the registration fee for teachers who otherwise would not be able to come to TAM.
JREF Forum Grants. This longstanding grant program is the result of a grassroots effort by several caring members of the JREF Forum online community who didn’t want money to be a barrier to those who are passionate about the mission of the JREF. More information on applying can be found on the JREF Forum.
We’ve heard from countless people what a life changing experience attending TAM can be. Your support of the the JREF Forum Grant program or the Educator Grant program will help give that experience to those who could not otherwise afford to attend. Please support these important efforts today, and see you at TAM 2014!
TAM 2014 needs your help! We are seeking a number of volunteers to help support the event, whether with speaker support, registration, event management, PR, merchandizing, outreach, tabling, or other opportunities. By volunteering, you help keep the price of TAM down for everyone.
As a small nonprofit organization, the JREF greatly appreciates the generous support of its many volunteers. Unfortunately, we cannot fund any part of your travel, lodging, or conference registration. Volunteers will receive special “TAM 2014 Volunteer” t-shirts, as well as being invited to a private volunteer appreciation luncheon featuring James Randi.
Thank you for helping make TAM 2014 a success, and for supporting the JREF’s important work!
Following our now twelve year tradition, The James Randi Educational Foundation will once again invite proposals for short (15 minute) presentations on Sunday, July 13 during The Amazing Meeting 2014.
The Sunday Morning Papers session of TAM was established to recognize new voices and ideas and to shine on them the spotlight of the TAM community. If you have had success in communicating scientific skepticism, teaching critical thinking, combating pseudoscience, or furthering the mission of the JREF in some new and significant way, we want to hear from you!
Anyone may submit a request to present a paper. If your proposal is accepted you will be allotted 10 to 15 minutes for your presentation and an additional 5 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. Invitations to present will be giving to approximately six proposals. If your proposal is selected for further consideration, a written article and draft of your presentation slides will be required for final consideration. Please see the process of selection schedule below for further details.
Download the TAM 2014 proposal form here:
Relevant topics for papers include (but are not limited to):
Analysis of questionable claims, rational examination of claimed paranormal phenomena, ideas in critical thinking education, psychology of belief, or any of the usual topics of interest explored on randi.org, found in Randi’s commentaries, or of concern to the mission of The James Randi Educational Foundation.
Please submit your completed proposal form to:
Prof. Ray Hall
Department of Physics
California State University, Fresno
2345 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S MH 037
Fresno, CA 93740-8031
Fax: (559) 278-7747
Selection process schedule:
- Deadline for proposal submission: May 19, 2014
- Initial selection completed, request for further documentation: May 27, 2014
- Deadline for written article and draft presentation: June 3, 2014
- Final selection completed, invitations sent out: June 10, 2014
If your proposal makes it through the initial selection, we will request from you a written paper and a draft of your power point slides (if any). The submitted paper should be at the level of a magazine article (like that of Skeptic Magazine or Skeptical Inquirer) or a journal article appropriate for your professional discipline.
The Amaz!ng Meeting offers exhibit space to sell products and to distribute information about allied organizations to the largest conference of skeptics in the world. The conference schedule will allow plenty of time for attendees to patronize the exhibit tables.
Exhibit Dates: 4 days. Exhibitors can display during any or all of the following times.
- July 10: 8:00 am 11:00 pm
- July 11: 7:00 am 11:00 pm
- July 12: 7:00 am 11:00 pm
- July 13: 7:00 am 7:30 pm
South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89183
Exhibit Location: Hallways between main conference hall and breakout/meal halls.
Attendee Demographics: Well over 1,000 people attend The Amaz!ng Meeting each year from all areas in the United States and from Australia, the UK and Canada and a number of other countries. Demographically, most attendees hold at least a four-year college degree with household incomes above the U.S. national average and most are married with no children. The majority of attendees are self-identified skeptics.
Exhibit Space Available: Approximately 20 tables with black coverall. Tables will be positioned in the hallways along the perimeter walls. This location is exposed to all foot traffic to and from all meal functions, AM and PM Breaks, workshops and the main Grand Ballroom program. Because the location of the exhibition space is intended to increase exposure to attendee foot traffic, exhibitors are unable to view the main program without leaving their exhibitor table.
Space Assignment: Space assignment will be assigned by the JREF on a first-come, first-served basis. Some spaces may be reserved in advance by conference sponsors. Once a space is assigned the exhibitor retains that space for the duration of the conference.
Facility Information: Ceiling height is 27’ in exhibit area. Floor is carpeted.
Exhibit Fee: $1,000.00
The exhibitor fee includes one skirted table top display, card identifying name of vendor or organization, and excellent placement near all workshops, meals and main program hall for full conference attendee exposure. Electricity is limited.
Conference registration: All table staff and volunteers must have a conference badge/registration. The merchandise table fee includes Basic Registration for up to two people. Any additional registrations must be paid seperately at the standard registration rate. Standard workshop and evening show prices apply.
Sales Tax: Sales tax must be collected on all sales collected at the event unless the seller posses a valid state Exemption Certificate. Exhibitors are not automatically exempt by their Federal 501(c)(3) status. JREF will distribute a one time sales tax return form to all exhibitors at check in. Exhibitors are responsible for returning this form along with any applicable tax payment to JREF at the end of the event. Exhibitors with their own Nevada Sales Tax Permit or Exemption Certificate will be required to provide a copy to JREF. A completed return must be filed even if no taxable sales are reported.
Discounted advertisement rates: Discounted advertisement rates are available for exhibitors and allied organizations who wish to publish an advertisement in the full-color TAM printed program. This program is distributed to all attendees.
- Quarter Page: $400
- Half Page: $800
- Full Page: $1,200
Becoming a TAM sponsor sends a powerful message to our attendees, our online audience, and others that you support science, skepticism, and critical thinking.
Sponsorships may include full page advertisement in the souvenir program, a large exhibit space with priority placement, and various branding and promotional opportunities. We can also work with you to develop individualized ways to showcase you or your organization to TAM attendees and our extensive online audience.
Please contact us for more information or to help design a package to meet you goals. You can call us directly at (213) 293-3092 or email us.
And thank you in helping make TAM 2014 happen and supporting the JREF’s important work!
You can reach us using the form below or by emailing TAM@randi.org. You can also call us directly at (213) 293-3092 during regular business hours, Pacific time. Our postal mailing address is:
James Randi Educational Foundation
7095 Hollywood Blvd. No. 1170
Los Angeles, CA 90028.