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Frequently asked questions

State of the Coast 2023 will be held on May 31- June 2 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

  • Who should attend?
    • State of the Coast is the largest gathering of scientists, policymakers, planners, business interests, educators and private residents concerned with the future of the Louisiana coast.
    • State of the Coast 2023 will be the 7th iteration of the conference. You can find details about the previous conferences in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021 (virtual) HERE
  • Why attend?
    • State of the Coast is the largest conference of its kind. It offers unique networking opportunities, timely and relevant presentations on our coast and its future, and interesting plenary addresses and panel discussions.
    • The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) hosted State of the Coast 2021, the sixth biennial conference, in partnership with Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, The Water Institute of the Gulf and Louisiana Sea Grant.
    • SOC2021 consisted of three days of virtual presentations by leading experts in concurrent sessions, keynote presentations, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. More than 1,000 scientists, landowners/managers, federal and state agency personnel, local officials, industry and business leaders, resource users and interested residents attended the virtual State of the Coast.
    • Learn more here.
  • I am having trouble registering through Cvent. How can I get help?
  • What if I want to register a group of attendees?
    • You can do so through the regular registration process. Simply click “Add Group Member” on the Registration Summary page. You will be prompted to enter each attendee’s name, contact information, address and optional demographics.
  • What are the COVID guidelines for the conference?
    • TBD if applicable.
  • Where should I park for the conference?
    • This information will be provided well in advance of the event.
  • Can sponsors present talks, panels and/or posters?
    • We encourage everyone to propose content for the conference. There is, however, no relationship between sponsorship and what presentations are accepted for the conference by the Program Committee.
  • What if I can only attend two days? Is there a special rate for that?
    • Yes. See rates on our registration page.
  • Is there a booth worker registration?
    • While you are welcomed to bring additional people to staff your booth, all exhibitor staff must be registered to attend the conference.
  • How is the conference addressing issue of diversity, equity and inclusion?
    • At the State of the Coast Conference, we are committed to representing all perspectives and coastal voices.
    • At SOC2023 we will offer:
    • Additionally, we are capturing more data during the registration process to learn more about equity and diversity among our conference attendees. This is an optional survey at the end of the registration process meant to help us learn how we can better serve our community.
  • How do I make sure that I am getting all the relevant SOC information?
    • Make sure you’re signed up for the SOC email list.
    • After you register, if you don’t see a confirmation email within an hour, check that it didn’t end up in your junk mail folder. If it did, move it to your inbox and add to your contacts.
  • Will there be a virtual attendance option?
    • No, there will not be a virtual attendance option for State of the Coast 2023, but some content may be made publicly available after the conference. For many participants, the networking facilitated by an in-person gathering is among the most rewarding parts of State of the Coast, and we hope to encourage that.
  • I submitted a proposal. How can I submit another?
    • Visit this page and click the link for your intended proposal type. 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 talks 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 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).


Sponsorship & Exhibitors

Donna Betzer, Development Director



James Karst, Communications Director