Call for Abstracts

The UF Water Institute and Duke Energy invite you to participate in the 9th biennial UF Water Institute Symposium. The Symposium will bring together individuals from a broad range of disciplines and organizations to explore water issues from multiple perspectives. The 2024 Symposium will focus on innovative science, engineering, economic, education, art, communication, policy, and management advances that address the following themes:

  •  Water Quality Drivers and Impacts on Public, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
  •  Water Scarcity, Allocation and Reuse
  •  Building Resilience to Extreme Events, Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
  •  Hydroecologic connections across the Land-Sea Continuum
  •  Water Governance and Environmental Justice
  •  Intersecting Science, Stakeholders and Decision-Making
  •  Education, Technology and Decision Tools for Improved Water Management
  •  AI/Machine Learning, Big Data and Convergent Science for Water Systems

Presentations and posters that address water challenges using interdisciplinary and integrative approaches are encouraged.

Student Poster Competition

Student poster authors are eligible to compete for “Best Poster” awards based on the quality of the abstract, poster and discussion. Four poster winners will receive prizes of $1,000 each to be used as funding to support future participation at a national conference.

Scholarship Opportunities

2024 Student Scholarship: The Water Institute, with support from UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UF/IFAS Office of Research, is providing financial support for students to participate in the Water Institute Symposium.

2024 Extension Scholarship: UF/IFAS Extension is providing scholarships for County and Regional Extension agents to attend, present and/or judge at the Water Institute’s 9th biennial symposium.

Dates of Interest
Call for Abstracts August 7, 2023
Abstract Submission Deadline October 13, 2023
Notification of Status November 15, 2023
Register to Confirm December 13, 2023

Follow these steps to prepare and submit an abstract:

  1. Use this Word Template (.docx) to create a perfectly formatted abstract.
    • Abstract title cannot exceed 100 characters with spaces
    • Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.
    • Do not include graphs or figures.
    • Please include a brief bio of 50 worlds or less at the end of your abstract (see template).
  2. Indicate your preferred format (oral/poster) but please note that final decisions will be made by program committee.
  3. Proofread your abstract carefully, and be sure to obtain all applicable institutional approvals prior to submission.
  4. Submit your abstract by October 13, 2023 using the online form linked by the button below. (Do not email your file. Files sent as email attachments will not be reviewed)
  5. Please keep in mind that presenters will be asked to register and pay the symposium fee when their abstract is accepted to confirm their participation. Registration will open September 6, 2023. The deadline for presenter registration is December 13, 2023.

Submission Confirmation

After completing the online submission form, a confirmation is instantly emailed to you confirming transmission of the abstract. If you do not receive this email, check your spam folder.

Accepted abstracts will be notified in mid November 2023, informing you the status of your abstract acceptance and presentation format (oral or poster). If accepted, you will be advised of the date, time, format and number of the session in which you are scheduled to speak. A computer projector and Windows 10 laptop with Microsoft PowerPoint will be provided for all speaker presentations during the conference.