2015 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference
Lightning Talks
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AWRA Annual Conference - Call for Lightning Talks
Part of a six session Special Track on Tuesday November 17 -
"Open Water Data Initiative & National Flood Interoperability Experiment"

Submit proposals using Google Forms

Submit the following information by midnight EST Monday, September 30th, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be no later than October 16th, 2015.

  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (no longer than 200 words)
  • Names, affiliations, and contact information of presenter
  • Contact email for presenter
  • Relevant session
    • Session 25: (SS116) Strengthening Collaboration and Data - Lightning talks
    • Session 31: (SS117) Modeling and Integration - Lightning talks

Lightning talks are very short-no more than 5 minute-presentations. These research talks must be succinct in nature; they must quickly define motivation, implications and impacts of the proposed presentation. Slides (a maximum of 3: a title and two content slides) must be submitted in advance and speakers line up, in order, so that the transition between speakers is minimized. While there is no time allotted for discussion or questions during the session, a lunch and coffee break follow these sessions so that participants can connect and converse.

Each of these sessions will start with a 15 minute "vision statement" speaker followed by a series of lightning talks on the two following topic areas:

National Water Data Infrastructure Issues: Information Access and Interoperability (session #25 Tuesday 10:00-11:30am)
Vision Statement Speaker: David Blodgett, United States Geological Survey
Analyses that summarize hydrologic conditions over long time periods require access to and integration of a wide array of information.. Recent advances in data availability, data accessibility, computational methods, and analytical tools are enabling massive advances in interpretation and understanding of natural phenomena. Lightning talks for this session should focus on recent critical advances in data provision, access, processing, and analysis.

National Water Data Infrastructure Issues: Open Access Modeling and Data Analysis (session #31 Tuesday 1:00-2:30pm)
Vision Statement Speaker: Dan Ames, Brigham Young University
Environmental simulation models that operate at global to local scales for the purpose of both enhancing understanding and supporting management of natural systems continue to improve in terms of utility and accuracy. Such models and modeling tasks are facilitated through the ever growing data stores and data streams, allowing for much improved abilities to answer tough questions. These applications must solve problems to structurally combine data and semantically mediate data in order to make use of them for a common task. Lightning talks for this session should focus on innovative and proven open access models, analysis tools, and workflow systems.

Details:
The AWRA Technology Committee is seeking a total of 10 lightning talk presenters for each of these sessions. Lightning talks will be strictly limited to a maximum of 5 minutes speaking time; we recommend 3-5 slides (one title and 2-4 content slides). Graduate students are encouraged to submit talks. We also encourage 'late breaking' research or work in progress submissions.

Lightning talks are brief, exciting, interesting, and engaging 5 minute presentations. These research talks must be succinct in nature; they must quickly define motivation, implications and impacts of the proposed work. Talks should be scripted and practiced in advance to ensure clarity. Slides must be submitted in advance and speakers line up, in order, so that the transition between speakers is minimized. While there is no time allotted for discussion or questions during the session, a lunch and coffee break follow these sessions so that participants can connect and converse.

The lightning talk sessions will be preceded by an opening panel discussion led by Dr. David Maidment (session 19: PANEL (SS140 - Assessment of National Priorities OWDI and NFIE Tuesday 8:00-9:30 am). This special track will conclude with a second panel discussion led by Jack Hampson (session 37: Panel (SS118) Open Water Data Initiative - Futures Tuesday 3:00-4:30pm).

Space for each lightning talk session is limited. Selection is time dependent. Speakers must register for the conference in order to present a lightning talk.

Deadlines:
Submit the following information to Click here for Google form by midnight ET Wednesday, September 30th, 2015. Notifications of acceptance will be no later than Friday October 16th, 2015.

  • Title of presentation
  • Abstract (no longer than 200 words)
  • Names, affiliations, and contact information of presenter
  • Contact email for presenter
  • Relevant session (#25 or #31)

Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance no later than October 16th.

Contact:
Sandra Fox
AWRA Technology Committee Co-chair
sfox@sjrwmd.com