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Call for Abstracts and Session Proposals

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018

NWWWS provides a forum for stakeholders from across the U.S. to connect and showcase innovative, successful, and timely solutions to waterfront and waterway issues.

 

OVERVIEW

You are invited to submit an abstract or session proposal to be considered for a symposium presentation. NWWWS provides a forum for stakeholders from across the U.S. to connect and showcase innovative, successful, and timely solutions to waterfront and waterway issues.

Please note: All abstracts and proposals are due no later than Friday, February 2, 2018.

PRESENTATION AND SESSION OPTIONS

NWWWS strongly encourages presentations on practical information and tools rather than solely academic research. The program will feature several presentation formats and engagement opportunities to create an educational and interactive forum where emerging ideas, best practices, and information may be shared.

  • Individual Oral Presentation: Proposal from an individual for a single presentation of approximately 20 minutes.
  • Breakout “Panel” Session: Proposal for a 90-minute breakout session with a panel of speakers (max. 4 total) presenting on topics related to a specific theme.
  • Roundtable Discussion Session: Proposal for a 90-minute breakout session designed to engage the participants in an interactive, facilitated discussion.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?

Planners, managers, attorneys, policy makers, elected and appointed officials, boat captains, waterway and waterfront advocates, users and developers, property and business owners, researchers and students, and others from the following entities:

  • Maritime, boating, fishing, aquaculture, and tourism industries
  • Navigation districts and port authorities
  • Citizen advisory committees and harbor boards
  • Local, regional, state, tribal, and federal government organizations
  • Environmental and maritime consultancies
  • Coastal and marine-oriented non-profit organizations
  • Educational organizations

SYMPOSIUM THEMES

The 2018 symposium themes and examples of potential topics are below. This is not an exhaustive list. New ideas and emerging topics are critical to working waterfronts and waterways.

RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY

  • Best practices, lessons learned, tools, design and innovation, legal issues

RECREATIONAL BOATING AND HARBORS

  • Recreational boating economic benefits, anchoring and mooring fields, access and infrastructure needs, marinas, waterway maintenance, boating safety, partnerships with ports to enhance access and opportunities

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Small harbor maintenance, funding, community-collaborative dredging, partnerships, and water access

WATERFRONT INDUSTRIES

  • Economics, infrastructure and dredging, funding and financing strategies, land use, environmental issues, data and technology needs

COMMERCIAL FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE

  • Dockage, processing, off-shore aquaculture

WORKING WATERFRONT WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • Maritime labor issues, training and education, marine trades (e.g., boatbuilding, net repair), economic value in context of jobs, working with non-English speaking and underrepresented populations

CULTURE AND MARITIME HERITAGE

  • Tourism, historic preservation, oral history projects, waterfront festivals

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR WATER-DEPENDENT USES

  • Community input processes, aesthetics, planning, zoning, smart growth strategies, transportation connections

OTHER

  • Additional topics and themes related to working waterfronts and waterways

PRESENTER REGISTRATION

All presenters are required to register and pay the Symposium registration fee and all associated travel expenses in order to attend and present. We will publish a confirmed registration fee schedule on the web site shortly. In the meantime, for budgeting purposes, we anticipate the registration fee will be $375.

IMPACT: The purpose of this event is to exchange information and network to collaborate on solutions. In the interest of making a collaborative and lasting impact, we encourage all participants, especially presenters, to fully participate and engage throughout the entire duration of the symposium. As such, we will not offer reduced registration fees for presenters not wishing to participate in symposium activities outside their individual presentation session.