Indian River Lagoon Symposium 2014


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 2014 symposium is Lagoon Biodiversity, although 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 6 followed by a poster session (5:30 to 7:00 p.m.).

The public is also invited to attend a public meeting on the lagoon with the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative, on Friday, Feb. 7 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  In the 2013 Forum on Lagoon Health, there was a strong consensus that local communities need to come together and apply scientific approaches to address Lagoon issues. Much has happened in the ensuing year, including the formation of the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative, comprised of county commissioners from each of the six counties that border the Indian River Lagoon. The Collaborative, comprised of county commissioners from counties that border the lagoon, will hear several scientific presentations, discuss progress and plans for the future on issues of lagoon health, and hear public comment on these matters.

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 6 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and the forum on February 7 at no cost.

Abstract Submission & Registration: Abstracts of oral presentations (both standard 15-minute slots and abbreviated presentations, “3 Minutes, up to 3 Slides”) and posters are solicited. Registration for the technical session begins November 15 at: Additional information on that registration and abstract submittal is available at Abstract and early registration deadlines are December 15, 2013. The Steering Committee will review all abstracts and determine assignment of oral and poster slots. The final draft program will be posted by January 31, 2014. Registration (at to attend the technical session is required and closes Wednesday, February 5 at 8 a.m.

This public meeting on February 7 is a program put together by the Indian River Lagoon Counties Collaborative. The event is free and open to the public, and registration is required at Registration closes Thursday, February 6 at 8 a.m.

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:

IRLS 2014 Materials

The call for technical presentations is here.

A program is available here.

Abstracts of Presentations are available here.

The agenda for the public meeting on Friday, February 7, 2014 is posted 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