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2020 Water Resources Conference

Call for Abstracts

Oral and Poster Submission Deadline: Friday, May 1—submit yours today!

Abstract formats: 20-minute oral presentations (15 minutes of presentation time and 5 minutes for Q&A and transition); posters, including pop-up poster presentations; and special sessions. Details below.

Pop-Up Presentations: The conference will also solicit brief pop-up presentations from accepted poster presenters.

Special Session: Details can be found here.

Abstract Requirements

  • Objectives and results of the research, policy, implementation plan, or project
  • Engineering approaches or techniques of project implementation
  • Brief summary of methodologies used in the study or project
  • Results of the project and expected completion date


Presentation Formats

Abstract submitters will be able to select from the following presentation formats:

Oral Presentations

Oral sessions are intended for presentations that significantly advance knowledge and are based on completed studies or projects. Syntheses presentations that capture multiple related efforts are encouraged. The traditional conference presentation format: 15 minutes of presentation time and 5 minutes for Q&A and transition.

Presentations will be included in a session of four presentations that center around a common topic, theme, or thread. Some oral presentations may be invited to present as part of a special session depending on the selected topic area.

Posters, including pop-up poster presentations

Ideally suited for person-to-person interaction and gaining valuable feedback on your work, posters are appropriate for all WRC-relevant topics. Posters are especially encouraged for early and middle stages of projects; case studies; a deeper dive into technical aspects than is typically possible in an oral presentation; and student / early-career presenters.  Poster presenters receive a 4’x4’ poster space available through the entire conference.

The conference will also solicit brief pop-up presentations from accepted poster presenters. Pop-up presentations are two-minute "advertisements" for your poster, presented in the oral sessions (see the tips sheet for more details and samples).

The Conference will accommodate as many pop-up presentations as the conference format allows to garner increased engagement with the poster session. Please indicate your willingness to present a pop-up when you submit your abstract. 


NOTE: All accepted concurrent and poster session presenters and co-presenters are required to register and pay registration fees in order to present at the conference.

Topics of Interest

  • Agricultural Water Issues
  • Aquatic Biota
  • Climate Change/Resiliency
  • Contamination/Remediation
  • Contaminants of Emerging Concern
  • Drinking Water/Water Supply
  • Education and Citizen Involvement
  • Emerging Issues
  • Engineering Solutions and Applications
  • Flood Protection
  • GIS / LiDAR
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Groundwater
  • Hydrology
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Invasive Species
  • Lakes
  • Low Impact Development
  • Mining
  • Monitoring
  • Nutrients
  • Policy and Standards
  • Rivers, Streams, and Floodplains
  • Stormwater
  • Social Science/Human 
  • Dimensions
  • Wastewater
  • Water Resource Sustainability
  • Water Reuse
  • Watershed Management
  • Wetlands