Program and Agenda

The Scientific Program

The theme for the meeting is “Bridging Genes to Ecosystems: Aquatic Science at a Time of Rapid Change.” An important aim of this meeting includes working toward an integrative understanding of aquatic systems and fostering collaboration and interaction across the participating societies.

To these ends, the meeting planning committee has developed five Plenary-Themed Integrative Sessions to accompany each of the five meeting plenary talks. The plenary speakers for the meeting are Ginger Armbrust (University of Washington), Stuart Bunn (Australian Rivers Institute), Laurel Larsen (UC Berkeley), Julian Olden (University of Washington), and Patricia Soranno (Michigan State University.)

Abstracts of papers presented during the meeting will be available on the meeting website.  Abstracts also will be archived following the meeting.  An abstract book will not be published.

The five Plenary-Themed Integrative Sessions are:

  • Communicating the Value of Aquatic and Wetland Ecosystems to the Public and Policy Makers
  • Tipping Points Science: From global theories to local tools
  • Putting Microbial Genomes to Work in Ecosystem Science
  • Large-scale limnology – Integrating across landscapes to understand regional controls on biodiversity and nutrient cycles
  • Robust restoration of freshwater ecosystems in the face of uncertainty

Members from the four societies have developed three other types of sessions:

  • Integrative Sessions are intentionally integrative and address broad and timely topics of interest to a diverse audience. Presentations in these sessions will cut across sub-disciplines, levels of biological or ecological organization, and society boundaries. Co-leaders and session organizers should come from two or more of the four societies participating in the meeting.
  • Special Topics Sessions are more discipline-specific or society-specific with no requirement of multiple society leadership.
  • Contributed Sessions include more general, technical topics within the spectrum of the sciences represented at the meeting.

All session types are open to invited and contributed speakers. Session organizers will be able to review submitted abstracts and approve the final talks/posters included in the approved sessions; they will also be able to order the talks in the desired sequence. All presenters, whether invited or contributed, poster or oral, will need to register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee. Likewise, session organizers attending the meeting also will need to register.

Oral Session Format

Oral sessions will contain eight 15-minute time slots; suggested 12 minute presentation with time for questions and changeover of speakers. All presenters must submit an abstract, register and pay the appropriate fees. More details will be issued in the abstract guidelines. 

Poster Session Format

Posters will be on display throughout the meeting.  Posters will be scheduled for a specific poster presentation time during the meeting. All presenters must submit an abstract, register and pay the appropriate fees. Posters will be placed on large poster boards. There will be two posters per side so posters must be no larger than 45.0 inches high by 45.5 inches wide. Because two posters will be mounted side by side, it is very important that your poster not exceed these dimensions. Posters will adhere to the boards using push pins that will be provided.

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