Call for Session Proposals & Abstracts

2021 Symposium planning is underway:

We are thinking of you as we navigate these unusual times, and look forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary of River Restoration Northwest! For many of us, the symposium marks a bright spot in the year, generating creativity and connection. With all the deep thinking and extra time afforded by our current circumstance, we trust you'll find time to get those reflections on paper. Out of deep regard for the restoration community, we will be announcing the Call for Session Proposals & Abstracts for the 2021 RRNW Symposium soon. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions, symposium@rrnw.org. With any luck, we will see you in February!

Submission deadline has passed.

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We are thinking of you as we navigate these unusual times, and look forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary of River Restoration Northwest! For many of us, the symposium marks a bright spot in the year, generating creativity and connection. With all the deep thinking and extra time afforded by our current circumstance, we trust you'll find time to get those reflections on paper. Out of deep regard for the restoration community, we announce the Call for Session Proposals & Abstracts for the 2021 RRNW Symposium. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions, symposium@rrnw.org. With any luck, we will see you in February!

Scroll through our 2021 suggested topics below:

20-year RetrospectivesEconomics of RestorationPolicy & the Regulatory FrameworkFloodplains & Food WebsCultural Diversity & River Restoration

20-Year Retrospectives

February 2021 marks the 20-year anniversary of RRNW!! Cheers to celebrating the restoration community, lessons learned (failures please!), long-term initiatives, and perspectives that continue to change. Consider the continuum: why do we do this work and what does it all look like in 2041?

Economics of Restoration

Here comes a recession… what are we learning about project budgets, business models, innovative finance and emerging environmental markets? When to practice the art of the light touch, and how to leverage contractor expertise?  Let’s discuss watershed-scale investment case studies, the role of land trusts, powerful partnerships, a showcase of funding sources, and illuminating cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment in the context of social and environmental benefits. How do we consider the cost of conservation against the cost of restoration?

Policy & the Regulatory Framework

Let’s make the regulatory process work for the watersheds: where are the positive feedback loops? How does effectiveness monitoring inform policy, how are agencies a hub for public feedback, how can the permitting process decrease the cost of restoration? How do we demonstrate design, authorization, and long term management of dynamic systems? How can we support effective policy around watershed management – urban growth,  stormwater management, water resource allocation, flood hazard zoning, floodplain reclamation, wetland mitigation, forest health, etc.?

Floodplains & Food Webs

A river runs through it – floodplains are the new frontier and food webs are everywhere. How are we understanding the complexity and response of natural systems? How are we working across greater spatial and temporal scales? How are we recovering incised streams and adapting infrastructure to restore lateral connectivity – in urban settings? What are we learning about levee and dam removal – during an era of climate change and population growth? Who lives in the floodplain and how is biology integral to system health? How do we honor and meet the needs of species and society?

Cultural Diversity & River Restoration

How do people experience restoration? How do people talk about restoration? Who are we serving, who are the stewards, what does community engagement look like, how does education grow values? What are we learning from First Nations and others with a history of living alongside natural processes? What do communities of color have to say about participating in the field of restoration? What are we striving for?

The online submission link will be available May 15 -- please return then to submit your session proposals and abstracts.

Call for Session Proposals

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Deadline for Session Proposal Submission

Session Proposals complying with all of these instructions must be received via online submission by 3:00 PM PST on Monday July 13, 2020.

Instructions

Submissions will only be received electronically.

No more than two (2) submissions per person (i.e. convener, lead author, and/or presenter).

Submissions must not be:

  • autobiographical;
  • commercial/promotional;

Session Proposals

RRNW session format generally consists of three or four oral presentations that build upon a common theme. Sessions are presented in a plenary format to an audience of 300-400.

Session Conveners are to propose a session theme, provide an abstract describing the proposed theme, and list 3 or 4 oral presentations that support the proposed theme. Presentation topics should acknowledge the range of discipline and perspective among the river restoration community. The program committee may decline to consider session proposals that lack this organization and focus.

Session proposals will be screened for completeness, ranked and decisions made at least two weeks ahead of the deadline for presentation abstract submissions. Conveners will be notified of session acceptance and are expected to ensure that all proposed presentation abstracts are submitted on time.

Acceptance of a session proposal does not ensure that all presentation abstracts proposed for the session will be accepted. Conveners must work with their presenters to ensure abstract submissions are strong and meet requirements. Each presentation abstract is subject to individual review and ranking, and will be selected on its own merit.

Evaluation of submissions may result in decisions to merge or otherwise adjust proposed sessions. RRNW reserves the right to cancel an accepted session if an insufficient number of proposed presentations are accepted.

All program participants are required to register for the symposium by January 1, 2021.

See examples of previously accepted session proposal here:

Session Selection Criteria

All submissions are subject to review by the program committee, comprised of the RRNW Board of Directors. The program committee will review all submissions based on the following:

Relevance - to river restoration science and of interest to range of disciplines.

Contribution - to advancement of the science and practice of river restoration.

Originality - to provoke fruitful debate and discussion in the audience.

Creativity – as stimulus for plenary session audience interaction.

Rigor - (esp. for case studies) in approach and monitoring data to support conclusions.

Organization – (for Session Proposals only) with sufficient focus, detail,  and variety of component presentations.

Call for Oral and Poster Presentations

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Deadline for Oral/Poster Presentation Abstracts Submissions

Oral/Poster Presentation Abstracts complying with all of these instructions must be received via online submission by 3:00 PM PST on Monday August 3, 2020.

Instructions

Submissions will only be received electronically, via our online system.

No more than two (2) submissions per person (i.e. Convener, Lead Author, and/or Presenter)

Submissions must not be:

    • autobiographical;
    • commercial/promotional;

Oral/Poster Presentation Abstracts

RRNW session format generally consists of three or four oral presentations that build upon a common theme. Sessions are presented in a plenary format to an audience of 300-400 comprised of restoration professionals. Presentations should appeal to a broad audience.

The number of accepted oral presentations is limited by our commitment to a plenary format. Therefore, abstract screening is rigorous and competitive. Authors must indicate during the submittal process if they wish to be considered for Oral only, Poster only, or either format.

  • Selecting Oral only will result in your abstract will be considered for an oral presentation only.
  • Selecting Poster Only will result in your abstract being considered for a poster presentation only.
  • Selecting either format will result in your abstract being reviewed first as a candidate for an oral presentation, and if not selected it will be considered as a candidate for a poster presentation.

Authors will be notified of acceptance after the review process is complete.

  1. Oral presentations are 20 minutes long, including 5 minutes for discussion and questions. Oral presentations are grouped into sessions of three to four based on content. Due to the short time slots, only one presenter is allowed per presentation.
  2. Poster presentations are highly valued and encouraged, as they allow extended interaction between authors and symposium participants.
  3. Posters are to be traditional large-format hard copy displays. Accepted posters are displayed for the full day; the active poster session will be two hours long, and introduced during the plenary session by the RRNW Poster Moderator. Authors of selected posters are required to submit an electronic introductory slide to the moderator prior to the Symposium for use in the introductory presentation.
  4. Poster authors are expected to be present at their exhibit station during the poster session.
  5. Detailed format guidelines and restrictions applying to the Oral presentations and Poster presentations will be provided to all authors after notification of acceptance.
  6.  All accepted presenters are required to register for the symposium by January 1, 2021 and attend the symposium

See examples of previously accepted session proposal here:


Selection Criteria

All submissions are subject to review by the program committee, comprised of RRNW Board of Directors. The program committee will review all submissions based on the following:

Relevance - to river restoration science and of interest to range of disciplines.

Contribution - to advancement of the science and practice of river restoration.

Originality - to provoke fruitful debate and discussion in the audience.

Creativity – as stimulus for plenary session audience interaction.

Rigor - (esp. for Case Studies) in approach, monitoring data to support conclusions.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at RRNW’s Annual Stream Restoration Symposium. If you have questions, please contact submissions@rrnw.org