Nominate a Louisiana hero for a Coastal Stewardship Award!

Call for proposals

Proposal SUbmissions are closed for SOC2023

We invite you to propose sessions, oral and poster presentations for the conference focused on the topics and subtopics listed below.   

The future of our coast is at stake, underscoring the urgency of implementing effective restoration projects and illustrating the importance of our biennial conference. 

The program will be developed based on submissions made by January 31. Proposers will receive notifications in March and the final program for the conference will be announced in April.  

Submissions may be for sessions, in panel or standard format, or individual presentations, in poster or oral format, that the Program Committee will organize into sessions.  

The conference Program Committee will build the program from submissions considering the relevance to the topic/subtopics, timeliness of the subject matter, diversity of perspectives within a session, and the engagement of students.

Coastal Law, Policy & Funding Legal matters critical for the future of our coast; land ownership; water rights access; public trust; groundwater policy; flood insurance; Deepwater Horizon penalties; GOMESA; infrastructure funding; royalties from energy production in the Gulf; Building codes (flood vs wind)
Human DimensionsWorkforce opportunities; people of our coast;  student and training opportunities; change in coastal livelihoods; diversity, equity and inclusion; social vulnerability; demographics and population trends; managed retreat
Ecosystem RestorationProject performance; new approaches; marsh creation; ridge restoration; barrier island restoration; hydrologic restoration; river diversions; adaptive management; oyster reef restoration
Renewable Energy Wind energy production; solar energy; ecosystem impacts; workforce development
Preparing for Climate Change: Mitigation and AdaptationFuture climate; sea level rise; climate modeling;  floods and droughts; climate action plan; urban resilience (water, heat, etc.); blue carbon; carbon capture; blue carbon markets
Predicting and Planning for the Future of the CoastCoastal Master Plan; advances in modeling, AI and machine learning; short-and-long term priority setting; alternative oyster culture; adaptive governance; land use planning; smart growth
Flood Risk Management: Coastal and Inland Nature-based solutions; natural infrastructure; surge modeling; hurricane impacts; LA watershed initiative; watershed modeling; urban water management; compound flooding;
real-time flood forecasting; non-structural solutions
Hydrology, Geomorphology and Ecology of the CoastHabitats: birds, wildlife and fisheries; Gulf hypoxia; nutrient pollution; ecological monitoring and trends; subsidence; sediment dynamics; carbon sequestration; estuarine mixing
Managing our Rivers for Multiple UsesNavigation; flooding and droughts;
hydrological modeling; natural crevasses; sediment budgets; river shoaling; dredging strategy and costs;
Mississippi Sound impacts
Disaster Impacts, Mitigation and RecoveryImpacts of Laura, Ida, etc. on communities; emergency preparedness; oil spill impacts and recovery; lessons learned


Sessions will be 90 minutes each. Several options are available:

  • Standard sessions will include a moderator introduction, 4 oral presentations of approximately 12 minutes, and discussion time.   
  • The session organizer (who submits the proposal) may serve as the moderator or an oral presenter, but not both. If the organizer will not be the moderator, a moderator must be identified as part of the proposal. 
  • If poster presentations are an integral part of the session they should be included in the session proposal. Poster presenters are expected to attend the session, and the moderator should introduce the associated posters during the introduction. Poster presenters must be present at their posters in the exhibit hall during the poster session on the evening of Thursday, June 1.
  • Panel sessions will include a moderator and 3-5 panelists. The session organizer (who submits the session proposal) may serve as a moderator or panelist.  

Session proposals must: 

  • include a session title and description of no more than 2000 characters.  
  • identify the moderator, all proposed panelists and oral and poster presenters.  

Submissions for sessions in standard format must include abstracts for all oral presentations and posters. All of the abstracts associated with a standard session will need to be uploaded by the submitter. 


Proposals for individual presentations (oral or poster) should include an abstract of no more than 2000 characters.  They will be organized into sessions by the Program Committee.

  • Oral presentations will be 12 minutes in length, with Q&A as part of the session discussion period.
  • Posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with dedicated time for poster presenters to directly interact with participants during the poster reception the evening of Thursday, June 1.
  • Posters may be set up starting the morning of Wednesday, May 31 and must be in place no later than the morning of Thursday June 1. Poster size requirements will be forthcoming soon.

Before you Start

The deadline for proposals is Jan. 31, 2023. The information that you will need to prepare in advance is listed below. You may save and return to your application and make edits to your submission up until the deadline.  See this checklist.


An individual may submit two abstracts for oral presentations, and in addition may submit up to two abstracts for posters as long as the posters are for the same subtopic (in order that they can be located close to each other). In addition to oral and poster presentations, individuals may participate as a panelist in a panel session.

If you are making multiple submissions of different types (i.e. a poster and an oral presentation, etc.), you will need to create a new account for each proposal type: poster, oral presentation, standard session and/or panel session. The four proposal pathways are distinct portals. After submission, you will be able to track the status of your proposals, or make changes by logging into their specific session portal. Please be sure to save all of your log-in credentials and submission confirmation emails (where links to the individual submission portals can be found).

Student Competition

There will be a student poster competition with cash prizes. See details HERE. Student oral presentations will be scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday (May 31 and June 1), with awards announced on Friday, June 2 at lunch.

Additional Notes

  • Conference topics and subtopics of focus are posted, but don’t let them limit you. We are seeking open dialogue and fresh, unique ideas.
  • All presenters and panelists will be required to register for the conference. Some scholarships and opportunities for registration fee waivers for volunteers to help with conference management will be available. See details HERE.
  • Following the conference, selected content will be made publicly available on a conference web to maximize information sharing, learning and collaboration. Presenters may provide a video of their presentation before the conference to be made available after the event. Presenters may also opt in to share their presentation slide decks and poster images on the conference web site after the event.
  • Session organizers, panelists, oral presenters, and presenters of posters linked to sessions will need to confirm availability to participate in a session on May 31-June 2, or indicate any times for which they will be unavailable.
  • Poster presenters will need to confirm availability to be present for the poster reception on the evening of Thursday, June 1.