Abstract Submission



Proposals for dedicated sessions are strongly encouraged.

  • Dedicated Session- We encourage scientists, managers, and restoration practitioners to propose full thematic sessions dedicated to a particular topic or issue(s). Session leads should propose four to five presenters for each 90-minute session. Dedicated sessions will ideally include a diversity of viewpoints, organizations, and stakeholders. Session leads may propose themselves as one of the presenters in the session, although this is not a requirement. All presenters identified in the proposal for a dedicated session must also submit their own abstracts for inclusion in the session.

  • Alternative Format Session- In recognition of the vast array of experiences of our Symposium participants, the Program Committee supports the development of dynamic, creative, and interactive 60 to 90-minute events in which the topics or presentation(s) lend themselves better to non-traditional formats. Potential examples include lightning rounds with eight to ten presenters; debate, poetry slam, or rap battle style interactions; living room conversations; crowdsource solutions, in which presenters describe problems and seek suggestions from audience members; artistic or cultural demonstrations; visual art projects (which could be displayed throughout the conference and not bound by a time limit), or other alternative formats. All presenters wishing to participate in an alternative session must also submit their own abstracts for inclusion in the session.

  • Single Presentation- A 15-minute presentation within the Symposium Tracks is invited. Selected presentations will be organized into cohesive concurrent sessions and session moderators will be assigned. Authors may propose more than one presentation but must submit each abstract separately.

  • Poster- Posters will be displayed throughout the Symposium, with dedicated time for presenters to interact directly with participants during the first evening of the event. To the degree possible, posters will be displayed by Symposium Track. Please note that only one poster abstract per presenter will be accepted, but authors may submit abstracts for both oral and poster presentations.

  • Student Presentations- All student presentations will be considered for the Mike deGruy Student Awards. Awards will be given to first place ($300), second place ($200), and third place ($100) student presenters for both oral and poster presentations.


Abstracts must be submitted by close of business October 19, 2022.

  • Title: The title of the presentation should be written in title case (not all caps).

  • List of authors and co-authors: Please list in "First Last" name format with the following denotations: Primary Author *, Presenting Author ^, and Co-Author(s) with separating commas. (e.g., Roberta Swann *, Missy Partyka ^, Becky Allee, Ayesha Gray)

  • Maximum length: 250 words

  • Spacing: Single-spaced

  • Paragraphs: Paragraphs must be separated by a blank line and not indented.

  • Select up to 3 topical tracks to which your submission fits.

  • Select your student award eligibilitySelect "Not a student" for non-applicable. 

  • Select either Individual Presentation, Poster Presentation, Dedicated Session, or Alternative Session.
    For those indicating Dedicated or Alternative Session, please enter the Session name (e.g., Stormwater Management) and the Session Lead's name. A drop-down menu will offer you the opportunity to provide these two additional items.

  • Tagging co-authorsuser accounts to submission: Search and select the names of the submission's co-authors.
    If a co-author does not have a profile already, you can add their information and an email will be sent to the co-author with automatically-generated login credentials so he/she can log in and update his/her profile.


The Program Committee will review proposals and evaluate them using the following criteria:

  • Significance to the scientific, restoration, coastal management, and/or policy-making communities of the northern Gulf Coast.

  • Relevance to Symposium Tracks. Insight on upcoming or ongoing restoration activity, coastal management trends, and/or the latest science.

  • Multi-stakeholder participation, underrepresented perspectives, early career professionals, and presenters that bring to forefront the depth and breadth of the coastal community.

  • Applicability and transferability to other projects and locales, particularly with respect to expanding our understanding of coastal systems and lessons learned.

  • Thoroughness of the proposal.

  • Innovation.


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