Interested in Presenting or Organizing a Session?

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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2022 Symposium planning is in full swing!

We are thinking of you as we 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. As we move into the next 20 years of River Restoration Northwest, we are dedicating the 2022 symposium to reflections on how the practice of restoration has changed since the organization’s inception in 2001 and to predictions, hopes, and goals for how it will continue into the future. Our call for sessions and abstracts is seeking proposals and presentations on the following topics:

2022 Suggested Topics:

Addressing the Challenges of Climate ChangeNew FrontiersEnvironmental Justice for AllThe Rule BookIf I Knew Then What I Know Now

Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change

How is the science and practice of restoration evolving to incorporate and address the challenges of climate change? We want to hear what you are doing to address this global challenge. Examples of where restoration and climate intersect could include:

  • fire resiliency & recovery,
  • alternative renewable energy sources,
  • hydropower adaptations,
  • sensitive species considerations,
  • carbon sequestration,
  • watershed and stream management,
  • and more!

New Frontiers

What is new in the nitty gritty science of restoration from watershed scale to micro-scale? What emerging ideas and data are shaping our understanding of stream systems and consequently, their restoration and management? We are eager to hear from academics and practitioners across all disciplines on this topic.

Environmental Justice for All

How is the concept of environmental justice being incorporated into your projects? We are seeking stories of innovation, collaboration, and of projects that integrate environmental justice as a core principle. This could include sharing considerations surrounding funding, community involvement, prioritization structures, alternative cost-benefit analysis, and/or shifting the knowledge base of a project.

The Rule Book

The policy and regulatory framework around a project often shapes the viability, focus, and outcome. What policy and regulatory hurdles have you encountered and how did you overcome them? And if you could change one sentence in a policy or regulation that affects the practice of river restoration and management, what would that be?

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

The practice of stream restoration requires ongoing learning. What are your biggest lessons learned and how did you learn them? If you could change a project outcome, what would you change in the approach and how? What succeeded beyond your wildest dreams and what do you credit? What lessons are you carrying forward and how?

The online submission link will be available May 18 -- please return then to submit your session proposals and abstracts.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions, <a href="mailto:symposium@rrnw.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">symposium@rrnw.org</a>. We look forward to seeing you in February!

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 Tuesday July 13, 2021.

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. Presentation should appeal to a broad audience.

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 and ranked with decisions made at least two weeks ahead of the deadline for oral 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, 2022.

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 Tuesday August 3, 2021.

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. 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 in duration, this includes 5 minutes for audience questions and responses. Oral presentations are grouped into sessions of three to four based on content. Due to limited duration, 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 a 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, 2022 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