Call for Presentations

 We are seeking proposals for oral presentations and posters on wetland research, wetland restoration, and wetland management projects. We welcome presentations on work done in all wetland community types and from around the Midwest region, as long as the content of the presentation applies to wetlands of Wisconsin. We especially encourage submissions on these topics related to the theme, A Clear Vision for Wetlands.

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Abstract proposals deadline: November 15, 2019

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Guidelines for oral presentations

Speakers are allowed 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Speakers presenting wetland research are expected to present analyzed results and conclusions from their work. All speakers should be sure to answer the “why should we care / why does this matter” question with respect to the work they are presenting.

We ask that authors submitting abstracts for oral presentations select up to three topical areas from the list below that best fit the presentation’s focus. This will help conference planners to assign accepted abstracts to the most appropriate session. We reserve the right to change session titles to best accommodate accepted abstracts into the conference schedule.

Oral presentation topics:

  • Science-informed wetland policy
  • Wetlands as solutions in watersheds and communities

  • Wetlands as solutions to site-specific issues

  • Wetland conservation in agricultural landscapes

  • Wetland soils, hydrology, and geomorphology

  • Wetlands and water management (flooding, runoff, water quality)

  • Effective wetland restoration and management techniques

  • Effective wetland conservation partnerships

  • Wetlands and management in a changing climate

  • Wetland flora and plant communities

  • Wetland wildlife

  • Wetland challenges (invasive species, land use practices)

  • Wetlands and people (history, culture, outreach, citizen monitoring)

  • Wetlands 101 – this is a new offering this year in response to requests from students, newcomers, and those wanting a refresher. Topics might include:

    • Wetland soils

    • Wetland policy basics

    • WI wetland community types

    • Basic wetland hydrology

    • Wetland functions & benefits

    • Wetland amphibians, birds, mammals, or invertebrates

    • Wetland restoration

Guideline for poster presentations

Posters are a great way to have extended informal discussions and the provide an opportunity for active participation by authors and co-authors. Posters are displayed for a full day, and interested persons can view posters even when authors are not in attendance.

Formal Session: Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Content: Anything that would be appropriate for the oral sessions as well as preliminary research or project where data have yet to be collected and/or analyzed or describes a project that did not result in new information or techniques for wetland restoration and management..

Size: We expect poster display space to be 3’H x 4’W per poster. We will confirm poster display dimensions after posters are accepted.

Check out this guide to creating an effective research poster.

Submit an abstract

You will be asked to submit the following information when submitting an abstract:

  • Type of presentation (oral presentation or poster)
  • Presenter information (name, affiliation, title, phone, email, handle)
  • Presenter biography (limit 400 characters, spaces included)
  • Whether you wish to participate in the student presentation competition (students only)
  • Presentation title (limit 110 characters, spaces included)
  • Abstract (limit 1750 characters, spaces included)
  • How your abstract relates to the Wetlands: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow theme
  • Special AV needs (note that laptop, projector, and laser pointer will be provided automatically)
  • Up to three topic selections (for oral presentations only) that best fit your presentation’s focus (list available in Guidelines for oral presentations, above)
  • Co-authors (if any, including name and affiliation)

Submit your abstract.

Registering for the conference

We ask that presenters register and pay registration fees in order to help cover conference costs. We encourage presenters to register by January 17, 2020, in order to receive early bird registration rates. Registration will open in early December 2019. We also offer student scholarships to cover registration fees for student presenters.

Abstract review & acceptance process and timeline

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of wetland experts. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by December 20, 2019.