2021 Virtual Summer Conference: Connecting Land & Water for Healthy Communities Call for Abstracts

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Abstract Submissions: CLOSED

The 2021 Virtual Summer Specialty Conference will bring together stakeholders from various types of organizations and professions across multiple disciplines to address the design, integration, and implementation of the programs and research necessary to improve the connection of land and water planning and policy. We invite you to join us!

Important Update
The Call for Special Sessions on Themes and the Call for Abstracts will remain open until February 1, 2021. Being in a virtual environment allows us to be more fluid with planning the conference content and making adjustments along the way. As we pivot to a virtual environment for this conference, we made changes in our submission processes. Abstracts will be grouped together in special sessions, and for some, we may ask that they be added to your proposal if a good fit is determined by the technical and program committee. We have also removed the limit on presenters in a panel.

The Planning Committee, led by Sharon Megdal, Director of the Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona, and Jim Holway, Director of the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, a center of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, are excited to bring together the novel research and practice of land and water planning and policy.

Multi-disciplinary sessions will focus on:

  • Understanding the integrated nature of water and land challenges and goals for promoting healthy and sustainable communities.
  • The relationships among water resources management, utility operations, and land use planning and design will be of particular interest.
  • Themes of water supply, water demand management, stormwater management, wastewater treatment, community planning and design, conservation, water security and equity, and integrated “one water” approaches will be considered from both land and water perspectives.
Our multi-disciplinary approach guarantees a variety of technical presentations that will satisfy seasoned professionals and academics alike. AWRA's commitment to Community, Conversation and Connection guides our efforts. Compelling presentations are the foundation of any conference, and the AWRA Summer Specialty Conference is no exception. We rely on our attendees to provide much of the content. 

Abstract Preparation and Submission Guidelines

The deadline to submit an abstract has closed. The following information was required to be included in submissions:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Affiliation
  • Email Address
  • Abstract Title
  • Abstract (150-200 words)
  • Author and co-author(s) name(s)
  • Author’s and co-author(s)’ titles and affiliations
If you should have any questions about abstracts, please contact Faith Sternlieb ([email protected]).

If you have questions related to conference registration and AWRA Membership, please contact [email protected].

NOTE: Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable.

Registration Note & Cancellation Policy

All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, etc.) must register at the appropriate registration rate. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes: all technical session presenters (If one individual is pre-recording the session and another individual will be live for the Q&A, then they both must register); all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters. Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing. We will be glad to transfer to someone else by 07/14/2021. Those cancellations received by July 14, 2021 will be subject to a processing fee of 25% of total fees. No refunds will be given after July 14, 2021 - No exceptions! Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference.


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