Plenary Session Descriptions

Tuesday, April 23 (8:30am - 10:00am)

DIG Plenary Session (Design, Innovation and Governance)

Six Ted-style presentations will offer a unique blend of the art of communication with a passion for science on Everglades science and restoration topics.

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Wednesday, April 24 (8:30am - 10:00am)

Youth Plenary Session

This Special Plenary consists of three segments featuring presentations by youth working to become scientists and stewards of the environment.

  • Part 1: Youth Making Ripples: The Intersection of Science and Film through the Eyes of Youth
  • Part 2: Young Marine Explorers
  • Part 3: Lightning Talks on Science Advancing Everglades Resilience and Sustainability

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Thursday, April 25 (8:30am - 10:00am)

Resilience and Sustainability in the Everglades

This plenary will feature scientific presentations by Dr. Lola E. Fatoyinbo-Agueh, a Research Physical Scientist at NASA, and Dr. Karl Havens, Executive Director of the Florida Sea Grant College Program.

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Thursday, April 25 (5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Closing Plenary — The Role of Science

This plenary will feature presentations by Dr. Jack Payne, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida/IFAS, and Mr. Chauncey Goss, Chairman of the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD).

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The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed a national and international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension.


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