2020 Spring Conference Call for Abstracts & Proposals

Call for Presentation Abstracts

AWRA is now accepting abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations. The AWRA Spring Specialty Conference offers opportunities for Standard length (20 minutes), short Lightning (5 minutes) talks and Poster presentations. The Standard talks template uses four to five 90-minute slots per day, during which 20-minute talks, with 10 minutes reserved for discussion or additional Q&A are scheduled. Topics include:

  • The National Hydrographic Infrastructure, framework datasets, tools, and services
  • The Internet of Water
  • Lidar and other high resolution remote sensing applications in hydrology
  • Novel geospatial processing and modeling methods and applications for water resources
  • Control and optimization in water resources
  • Application of high performance computing, cloud, or novel computing systems
  • Machine learning, graph-theoretic, or other novel applied math techniques
  • Other technical and geospatial topics of interest to the Integrated Water Resource Management community
  • Use of Emerging Water and Geospatial Technology for dealing with natural disasters such as floods and droughts
  • Ecosystems and water quality
  • Complexity and multi-scale processes
  • Nexus challenges and convergence in water resources
  • Sustainability

Abstract Submission Instructions

  • Abstracts must be submitted via the form on AWRA's online portal on or before October 18, 2019.
  • Membership in AWRA is encouraged but is not required for presentation.
  • The following information needs to be included:
    • Name, title, employer affiliation, full mailing address, email address, phone and fax numbers of the main contact and the presenting author 
    • Names, affiliations and email addresses of co-authors
    • Type of presentation: oral, lightning, poster, either oral or poster, panel
    • Abstract Title
    • Abstract (350 words or less)
  • Credit card information for the $25 dollar application fee. Payment of the abstract fee must be made before abstract submission can be completed. Note: A processing fee of $25 will be charged for each abstract submitted payable upon submission of the abstract. The fee is non-refundable and will not be credited toward the cost of the presenter's conference registration fee.

Review of Abstracts and Notification of Acceptance

Soon after the October 18, 2019 deadline, abstracts will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee for originality, technical merit, currency, and relevance to the Conference topics. Authors' suggestions for topic and format placement (oral, panel or poster) will be considered, but the Committee will make the final decision. The quality of the submitted abstract will be viewed as an indication of the quality of the presentation. Previous performance or failure to give timely cancellation notice at annual and/or specialty conferences may influence the decision for acceptance. Abstracts received after the deadline may not be considered or accepted.

Acceptance notification will be made via email to the presenting author by November 9, 2019. Submitted and accepted abstracts will be available for viewing in the AWRA Conference App. All conference attendees, including presenters, must pay the conference registration fee.

Submit an Abstract

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are fun and interactive. As the name suggests, these are short talks usually organized around a single or several related themes. Each talk is five minutes and limited to five PowerPoint slides. About sixteen talks are accommodated during one 90-minute slot. If you wish to organize a Lightning Talk session, please contact the Conference Chair directly. Presenters are required to pay the registration fee.

Contact the Chair

Cancellation Policy

Before submitting an abstract or proposal, authors should be confident that they will have funding to pay the registration fee, attend the meeting, and make the presentation/convene a session or workshop. If the presenter finds he/she can't attend, then they should attempt to find another person to make the presentation. Late cancellations and failures to give scheduled presentations are disruptive and leave gaps in the program that are distracting to all attendees. If cancellation is unavoidable, the presenter should notify the Technical Program Chair by November 6, 2019. Cancellations made after this date will be assessed a cancellation fee.


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