Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2015 


The Indian River Lagoon (IRL) Symposium is the result of a multi-institutional, multi-agency effort to provide a forum for discussing IRL 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 help facilitate better communication among these groups so that the gaps between research and its application can be narrowed. 

The theme for the 2015 symposium is Indian River Lagoon: Lessons, Challenges, and Opportunities. Oral presentations and posters on all aspects of science relating to the IRL are encouraged. 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 will be held on February 5, followed by a poster session (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.).

The public is also invited to attend a public forum on Friday, February 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. In the 2013 Forum on Lagoon Health and the 2014 forum with the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative, there was a strong consensus that local communities need to come together and apply scientific approaches to address Lagoon issues. This year, our public forum, will focus on Citizen Science – how the public can participate in scientific research on the Indian River Lagoon.

Goals of the Symposium
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, including interactions with and mentoring by senior scientists
Inform policy related to management of the IRL
Increase public awareness of the IRL and its ecological and economic importance

Potential Participants: Scientists and students from universities, agencies, non-profit organizations, etc. (as inclusively as possible) conducting or applying science in the IRL or those interested in these topics are encouraged to attend. We particularly want to involve students, early career scientists and managers. In addition to being welcome to register and attend the whole symposium, the public is invited to attend the poster session on February 5 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and the forum on February 6, at no cost.

Abstract Submission & Registration: 
Abstracts of oral presentations (both standard 15-minute slots and abbreviated presentations, “3 Minutes – 3 Slides”) and posters are solicited. Registration to attend the technical session is required and begins November 1 at:  Abstract and early registration deadlines are November 26, 2014. Registration closes on January 30, 2015; there is no onsite registration. The Steering Committee will review all abstracts and determine assignment of oral and poster slots. A draft program is available here. The final program will be posted by January 30, 2015.

The public meeting on February 6 is free and open to the public. Registration is required at  and closes Monday, February 2 at 5 p.m. There is no onsite registration. 

Steering Group: A Steering Group with representatives from academic, governmental, and non-profit organizations is defining the goals, basic outline, and structure for the symposium; identifying potential participants; and providing guidance, logistical support, and planning for the symposium. Steering Group members are:

Jeff Beal - Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
Patti Gorman - South Florida Water Management District
Dennis Hanisak - Florida Atlantic University
Chuck Jacoby - IRL National Estuary Program/St. Johns River Water Management District
Sea McKeon - Smithsonian Institution
Mark Perry - Florida Oceanographic Society
Chris Wilson - University of Florida
John Windsor - Florida Institute of Technology

IRLS 2015 Materials
The program is available here
The abstracts are available here
The program for the public forum Engaging the Public: Citizen Science on Friday, February 6 is available here
The call for presentations is available here

IRLS 2014 Program and Abstracts
A program is available here.
Abstracts of Presentations are available here.

IRLS 2013 Program and Abstracts
A program is available here.
Abstracts of Presentations are available here.

IRLS 2012 Program and Abstracts
A program is available here.
Abstracts of Presentations are available here.

For more information please contact Dr. Dennis Hanisak
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