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2020 River Management Symposium: "Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals" Call for Presentations!

08/08/2019 4:43 PM | Jennifer Hare (Administrator)

The River Management Society (RMS) is proud to present the 2020 River Management Symposium: “Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals”, which will take place May 12-15, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. This event will be hosted by RMS in partnership with Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

We welcome presentations, panels and posters from river management professionals (e.g., managers, planners, academics, consultants, or students) that show how you, your organization, and/or the profession are protecting or enhancing river values. Help us learn about innovations, creative approaches, successes, and visions for the future of sustainable river management. Planned thematic tracks for presentations are: 

  1. Mountain and Rural Rivers (Management Issues and Science): applied research and management practice in applying ecological, biological, geomorphologic or social frameworks to river management especially in headwater areas;
  2. Urban Rivers (Urban Renewal, Infrastructure, Issues and Economics): theme explores how rivers contribute to a community’s identity and economic well-being;
  3. Management Technology Tools:  new technologies and how they are being used in transforming river management;
  4. Policy and Practice (State and Federal River Management Legislation, Policies and Systems): what is the next river protection initiative - will it come from cities or states?; or emerging policy or legislation that impacts how rivers are managed;
  5. Partnerships and Community Building: initiatives and successful models that join river management agencies, scientists, universities, advocacy groups and/or communities to support river projects and protection; and
  6. Water and River Corridor Trails: the relationship of trails to river management, resource protection, recreational use and public support.

Presentations can take any of the following forms:

Single Presentations will be 30 minutes in length including time for questions or discussion. Podium, laptop, projector, screen, and audio will be provided.

Panel sessions will be 90 minutes in length. Panelists will be provided the same support as individual speakers.  If needed, a moderator will be assigned to manage question and answer sessions.

Posters will be displayed during the reception and poster session Tuesday evening, May 12.

Submission instructions: Include a brief description of the presentation, limited to 300 words. For panels, please also be prepared to provide the name, affiliation, short biography, and contact information for each panelist and/or moderator. For panels, please also be prepared to provide the name, affiliation, biography, and contact information for each panelist and/or moderator.  Presentation proposal submission deadline is September 9, 2019.

Submit proposals online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMS2020Symp

Proposal evaluation: Proposals will be evaluated by the Program Committee for relevance to the conference theme and session tracks, quality, relevance to current trends and issues, contribution to advancing River Manager Core Competencies (See Core Competencies for River Management. Grussing, Krumpe & McLaughlin, 2018) and consistency with River Management Society’s Mission.

If presentation is selected all presenters are expected to register for the symposium, pay registration fees, and attend at least the day of the presentation.

Questions? Please contact the Mountain Creeks to Urban Canals Symposium program committee at: training@river-management.org. Please include your session ID, if available, in the subject line of your email.

We hope you will join us! Please feel free to share this announcement with other river managers and enthusiasts.


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