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Call for Abstracts 

You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration for a talk or poster to present your work at the 2020 State of the Coast Conference.

 

During the abstract submission process, you will be asked to identify the primary topic most applicable to your abstract. To submit an abstract, click here. Keep in mind that submissions are not limited to these areas of focus, as we seek to capture all emerging topics and new ideas critical to our mission. The deadline to submit abstracts is Jan. 10, 2020.

 

Based on the session proposals that have already been submitted, the Program Committee is especially interested in abstracts focused on the anniversary of Hurricane Rita, the Chenier Plain, Ecosystem Modeling, Fisheries and other Wildlife, the Flood of 2019, Legal Issues, Levees, Nonstructural Solutions, Nutrient Management, and the Socioeconomic Impacts of Restoration Work Such as Dredging.

SOC2020 will feature a program of at least 72 sessions over 2 1/2 days, in addition to plenary talks and posters in the Exhibit Hall.  Each session will run 90 minutes, and will generally include speakers giving presentations with questions and answer time or a panel discussion. 

 

Conference Program Development

As for past conferences, the agenda is developed by the Program Committee. The process involves two steps:

 

Step 1 - Submission of Session Proposals:  More than 70 thoughtful and interesting proposals for 90-minute sessions were submitted before Sept. 13, 2019.  An in-depth review process was conducted by members of the SOC2020 Program Committee to assure topical coverage of the diverse issues relevant to the state of our coast. Proposals were also examined for overall content quality and applicability to multiple stakeholder perspectives with a focus on research that has not been reported elsewhere.  The committee approved 50 session proposals in Step 1, leaving plenty of room in the agenda, to be filled through the Abstract process.  

 

Step 2 – Submission of Abstracts:  Abstracts are due Jan. 10, 2020.  The SOC2020 Program Committee will review proposed abstracts to build out the remainder of the program.  Abstract approval and acceptance will be based on a rigorous review process including an initial blind review of abstracts by members of the Program Committee, followed by a secondary review by topical experts who will then group the highest-ranked abstracts thematically to build sessions for the program agenda and to form the slate of poster presentations. Proposals will be examined for overall content quality and applicability to multiple stakeholder perspectives with focus on research that has not been reported elsewhere.  The SOC2020 Program Committee will also review abstracts for preapproved sessions. 

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