The Indian River Lagoon Symposium (IRLS) is the result of a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing Indian River Lagoon science and its application to management of the lagoon. The symposium is open to scientists, decision makers, students, education and outreach professionals, and the interested public. The intent is to facilitate better communication among these groups so that the gaps between research and its application can be narrowed.
The goals of the symposium are to:
- Provide a forum to disseminate current knowledge of the IRL and its management
- Foster collaborations and discussions among scientists, students, education and outreach professionals, and decision makers
- Promote participation of university students and new scientists.
- Provide results and discussions that can be used to inform policy related to management of the IRL
- Increase public awareness of the IRL and its ecological and economic importance
The theme for the 2017 symposium is Indian River Lagoon: An Estuary in Peril. While this theme was triggered by the resurgence of blooms and fish kills in the northern IRL and by the impacts of large discharges from Lake Okeechobee and cyanobacterial blooms in the south, the theme seeks to capture all relevant research going on in the lagoon. Oral presentations and posters on all aspects of science relating to the IRL are invited. Although this meeting is open to anyone interested in sharing their knowledge, activities and ideas, contributions by university students and early-career professionals are encouraged. Technical sessions consisting of oral presentations will be held on February 9, followed by a poster session (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.).
The public is invited to attend a public forum on Friday, February 10. The initial Forum on Lagoon Health in 2013 revealed a strong consensus that local communities need to come together and apply scientific approaches to address Lagoon issues. The forums in 2015 and 2016 focused on Engaging the Public: Citizen Science – how the public can participate in scientific research on the Lagoon.The focus of this year’s public forum for the Indian River Lagoon Symposium centers on its theme of An Estuary in Peril: how all of us are impacted by recent algal blooms and how citizens can participate in scientific research and restoration in the Lagoon. In addition to two panel discussions, a number of organizations involved with citizen science will be on hand to meet with the public on the work they do and the opportunity for the public to become more involved.
A Steering Committee with representatives from academic, governmental, and non-profit organizations defines the goals, basic outline, and structure for the symposium; identifies potential participants; and provides guidance, logistical support, and planning for the symposium. The Steering Committee is instrumental in making the symposium a truly collaborative effort within the diverse IRL research community. The 2017 Steering Committee members are:
IRLS 2017 An Estuary in Peril Materials
The program is available here. The Abstracts of Presentation are available here. The draft program for this year's public outreach is available here.
IRLS 2016 Linking Research with Management Materials
The program is available here. The Abstracts of Presentations are available here. The program for this year's public outreach is available here.
IRLS 2015 Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities Materials
A program is available here. The Abstracts of Presentations are available here. The program for the public forum Engaging the Public: Citizen Science is available here.
IRLS 2014 Lagoon Biodiversity Materials
A program is available here. Abstracts of Presentations are available here. The program for the public forum A Forum with the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative is available here.
IRLS 2013 Health of the Lagoon Materials
A program is available here. Abstracts of Presentations are available here. The program for the public forum A Forum on Lagoon Health is available here.
IRLS 2012 Looking Forward Materials
A program is available here. Abstracts of Presentations are available here.