Call for Session Proposal & Poster Abstracts

Due March 26, 2021

We are pleased to invite your participation in the first virtual State of the Coast conference, June 2-4, 2021.  


The conference will include virtual presentations by keynote speakers and concurrent sessions, poster presentations, an interactive Exhibit Hall, creative opportunities for networking in the virtual space and great entertainment to make it FUN. We expect the videos, the live dedicated Q&A discussions and the interactive poster sessions to be defining features of the 2021 conference.     

The theme for SOC2021 will be TIME FOR ACTION. TOGETHER., reflecting the all-time high level of restoration activity on our coast, the collaborative and bipartisan nature of our approach, and the importance of addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.    

If you are having difficulty submitting an abstract, please send an email as soon as possible to

DUE MARCH 26, 2021


The talks and panels for SOC2021 will be drawn from content that had been planned for SOC2020 as well as new content. Because of the delay of the conference and all that we have experienced, learned, and achieved over the past year, we will add to the program new sessions on a limited set of topics as space allows. We will also add new poster presentations on a broad set of topics. Please note that we are not inviting abstracts for individual talks in this supplemental call for content for 2021.


Based on the responses, the partners and Program Committee will invite talks, panels, and poster presentations, and will notify all presenters in early April. Then, instructions regarding how to prepare and upload files will follow in early April, and submissions will take place early May.




The virtual conference format will feature standard sessions of 50 minutes that include a series of prerecorded videos totaling 30 minutes, then 20 minutes of live question-and-answer during which the moderator and presenters will have the opportunity to discuss their session topics with other conference participants. Questions will be submitted by participants via live chat and then posed by moderators to the presenters, with the moderators and presenters in live format on the screen. For standard format sessions of talks, the 30-minute prerecorded portion will include a 2-minute introduction from the moderator and four 7-minute prerecorded talks. For panel sessions, the 30-minute prerecorded portion will include a discussion among the moderator and panelists. 


Virtual production assistance will be provided for recording panel discussions and for standard talk sessions upon request. This will involve making an appointment to record your talk in a "virtual studio" with full technical assistance. This service is intended to ensure that we have high-quality videos and to make the recording process easy and fun for presenters, so that the virtual platform will not present a barrier to participation.   


For sessions proposals, we encourage the involvement of presenters from a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds and urge organizers to considering including students. 



  • The 2020 hurricane season;

  • Climate change and our coast;

  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning to understand systems on a regional/basin scale;

  • Long-term funding of coastal restoration and protection;

  • Developing new/expanded equitable green employment opportunities;

  • Mutual aid as a model for restoration planning;

  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice and intersectional approaches;

  • Louisiana’s energy future and coastal restoration;

  • How the coronavirus pandemic may affect our climate and coastal restoration efforts.




Posters will be a prominent part of SOC2021. Each poster presenter will submit an updated abstract and a poster image and may submit a video of up to 3 minutes duration. Poster presenters will be able to discuss their posters with other conference participants via interactive chat throughout the conference and via a "Zoom room"-style format during specific poster session times. Virtual production assistance for poster videos may be available upon request.


We invite proposals for posters related to the broad set of topics of focus for the conference. See the list HERE, but please don't let them limit you. We embrace open dialogue and fresh, unique ideas.


Student Poster Competition


There will be a student poster competition with cash prizes. Details will be announced in late March. 

Key Dates to Remember

March 26                                             Supplemental Session Proposal and Poster Abstracts DUE

Early April                                            Notification to 2021 Presenters

Early April                                            Instructions for updating abstracts and submitting videos

Early May                                             Deadline for updating abstracts and submitting videos



Prerecorded videos will be made public on a website following the conference. Live question-and-answer discussions will not be recorded and shared in this way.

Please note that all speakers, poster presenters, moderators, and panelists will need to register for the conference.