Submission deadline has passed.

SOC2020 strives to provide an interdisciplinary forum to exchange timely and relevant information on the dynamic conditions of Louisiana’s coastal communities, environment, and economy and to apply that information to existing and future coastal restoration and protection efforts, policies, and decision-making.

You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for a talk or poster to share your work at the conference. During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to identify the primary topic most applicable to your abstract. To view potential topics, click here. Keep in mind, submissions are not limited to these areas of focus, as we seek to capture emerging topics and new ideas critical to our mission.

Attention Students:
Twenty-five students giving talks or presenting posters will be given preference for a Student Conference Scholarship to attend State of the Coast 2020 with free registration. If you would like to apply, please indicate on the abstract submission form that you would like to be considered. This opportunity is made possible thanks to a sponsorship from Louisiana Sea Grant.

Please Note:

  • An abstract is required for every individual talk and poster presentation. Panel and workshop session organizers should submit only one summarized abstract that includes all presenters.
  • If you are submitting an abstract for a panel or a workshop session, please use this special template.
  • Contributed abstracts will be reviewed through a blind process.

Follow these steps to submit an abstract:

  1. Abstracts must be submitted online via the SOC2020 website. Please do not email your file as an attachment to the organizers. Files sent as attachments will not be included in the review and scheduling process.
  2. Individuals are limited to giving one talk. However, speakers may also participate on a panel and/or present one or more posters.
  3. Registration Required to Participate and Present. All speakers, panelists and poster presenters are required to register and pay the applicable fee by March 6, 2020 to confirm participation in the program. Registration information is posted here.
  4. Use this Word template to create a perfectly formatted abstract.
    • Abstracts should not exceed one page.
    • Do not include graphs or figures.
    • Include a brief bio and your full contact information at the end of the abstract.
    • If you are submitting an abstract for a panel or a workshop session, please use this special template. As a reminder, there should only be one abstract per workshop and panel.
  5. Submit your abstract by January 10, 2020.
    • Be careful of typos. If your email address is not correctly entered, you will not receive a confirmation.

After you have successfully completed these steps, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your abstract. Please keep a copy on file for your records. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not receive a confirmation, we did not receive your abstract. If you do not receive the confirmation email in your inbox, please check your junk folder. Sometimes servers will re-direct messages to this folder.

We will email you about the status of your abstract on February 11. If you do not receive this status notification, or if you have any questions, contact Beline Lafayette at

Submission deadline has passed.

Important Deadlines

 View Deadline PDF

November 2019

Call for Abstracts Announced

January 10, 2020

Abstracts Due

February 11, 2020

Presenter Notifications Released

March 6, 2020

All speakers, poster presenters, moderators and panelists must be registered for the conference to confirm participation in the program.