National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium

Call for Abstracts and Session Proposals

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You are invited to submit an abstract or session proposal to be considered for a Symposium presentation. In addition to being presented at the Symposium, accepted abstracts and session proposals will be printed in the Symposium’s online program. With the authors’ permission, the best examples will be incorporated into the online Sustainable Working Waterfronts Toolkit to live on as models for others.


Please note all abstracts and proposals are due no later than April 15, 2015.

The Symposium is not an academic conference. We strive for both a diversity of presentation topics and speaker affiliations. While abstracts focusing on the presentation of academic research will be considered, abstracts involving the sharing of practical information and tools are strongly encouraged.  

Who Should Submit an Abstract or Proposal?
Any individual involved with working waterfronts and waterways. See Who Should Attend.

Symposium Session Themes
View Symposium themes and potential topics here. Priority will be given to submissions that address this year’s themes. However, keep in mind topics are provided as a guideline, not a rule. It is important to capture emerging topics and new ideas critical to working waterfronts and waterways. You may also reference the Tentative Agenda for the breakout session dates and times.

Presentation and Session Options
Four types of presentations are available.

  • Individual Oral Presentation: A single speaker proposing a single presentation of approximately 20 minutes. The Program Committee will organize individual presentations to develop 90-minute breakout sessions based on the topics of accepted abstracts.
  • Breakout “Panel” Session: A panel of speakers (max. 4 total) proposing to present on topics related to a specific theme. Proposed panel sessions will be considered for stand-alone, 90-minute breakout sessions.
  • Individual Poster Presentation: Individuals proposing to feature their work through a self-explanatory visual presentation. Note: Presenters are to be stationed by their poster for discussion during the continental breakfast on Thursday, November 19th.
  • Roundtable Discussion Session: Proposals for 90-minute breakout sessions designed to engage the participants in an interactive, facilitated discussion session. Due to the format of roundtable sessions, only a limited number can be accommodated. If selected, such sessions will be scheduled during the morning sessions on Wednesday, November 18th.

Presenter Registration
All presenters are required to register and pay the Symposium registration fee and all associated travel expenses in order to attend and present. We will publish a confirmed registration fee schedule on the web site no later than May 15, 2015. In the meantime, for budgeting purposes, we anticipate the registration fee will be $375.

All presenters must be registered and paid in full by August 24, 2015. Presenters that have not registered by August 24, 2015 will be replaced.

IMPACT: The purpose of this event is to exchange information and network to collaborate on solutions. In the interest of making a collaborative and lasting impact, we encourage all participants, especially presenters, to fully participate and engage throughout the entire duration of the Symposium. As such, we will not offer reduced registration fees for presenters not wishing to participate in symposium activities outside their individual presentation session.


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Submission Process: Mandy Stage, Symposium Coordinator,
Themes and Topics: Stephanie Showalter Otts, National Co-Chair, Program Committee Chair:

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