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The Bays and Bayous Symposium is fast approaching

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Aug 31,  2018

Planning for the Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium is in full swing! The symposium is a local event where hundreds of scientists, students, NGOs, agencies, resource managers and industry can share research, environmental efforts and more. It will be in Mobile on Nov. 28-29. If the coastal environment is your thing, you shouldn’t miss it.

Want to participate?

The call for abstracts and sessions is out, and the deadline for submitting them has already been extended to Sept. 14. So, start thinking about what you want to present (and narrow it down to 250 words). Make sure it fits in one of these tracks (or propose your own session with a few other presenters):

  • Water Quality: Assessing and improving water quality to support economies, ecosystem services, culture and community resilience
  • Habitat Management: Conservation and restoration for resilient ecosystem service provision to support healthy populations and communities
  • Living Resources: Understanding the flora and fauna of coastal ecosystems and their contributions to ecosystem function
  • Resilient Communities: Adapting to environmental changes to maintain economies, ecosystem service provision, cultural values and quality of life in the face of natural and anthropogenic stressors
  • Oil Spill Research, Recovery and Restoration: Sharing research results, recovery approaches and/or successful restoration efforts related to Deepwater Horizon or other oil spills impacting the northern Gulf of Mexico

For detailed information about session tracks and the call for abstracts, click here.

You can be a Bays and Bayous presenter. Abstracts are due Sept. 14.
You can be a Bays and Bayous presenter. Abstracts are due Sept. 14.

Think you want to go?

Presenters and attendees alike will need to register for the symposium. The full registration is $150, and student registration is $75. There are a couple other options if you don’t want the full Bays and Bayous experience. The full registration includes two days of presentations, coffee breaks, lunches and an interactive poster reception with hors d’oeuvres!

They Bays and Bayous Symposium has been around a while. This poster session photo was taken at the 2006 Bays and Bayous in Mobile.
They Bays and Bayous Symposium has been around a while. This poster session photo was taken at the 2006 Bays and Bayous in Mobile.

Are you a student?

Symposium organizers are looking for students to take part in an intergenerational panel. If you're selected as a participant, you will talk/network/lunch with some long-established scientists and potentially gain a mentor. Also, if you are chosen to participate, you will be able to attend the symposium free!

How do you sign up? You’ll have to provide your bio and answer a short essay-ish question. Email your answer to the question by Sept. 14 (at the latest) to be considered for the panel.

So, start thinking about what scientist – alive or not – you’d like to have lunch with and why. You get 300 words total for your bio and the lunch question. All majors welcome.

For more information about the panel or to submit your bio and answer to the lunch-with-any-scientist question, contact Jason Kudulis at the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program.

If you are a student who will be presenting at Bays and Bayous, you could end up making some $$$ on your presentation skills. All students will be automatically entered in the 2018 Mike deGruy Bays and Bayous Symposium Student Presentation Awards competition. You can win $100-$300 if your presentation is in the top three presentations or the top three posters.

The student awards are named after Mike deGruy (1951-2012), an award-winning filmmaker who specialized in underwater cinematography. Here he is, right, at the 2010 Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium.
The student awards are named after Mike deGruy (1951-2012), an award-winning filmmaker who specialized in underwater cinematography. Here he is, right, at the 2010 Alabama-Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium.

Need a hotel?

If you reserve a room at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel by Nov. 6, you’ll get the group rate of $94/night. Staying the night lets you network with other conference attendees and sleep a little later in the morning. It’s also really convenient. The hotel is across Water Street from the Mobile Convention Center, where the symposium will be held. There’s a raised, covered pedestrian bridge that gets you back and forth in no time.

The view from the Renaissance Riverview Hotel overlooks the convention center. You can see the covered bridge over Water Street at left.
The view from the Renaissance Riverview Hotel overlooks the convention center. You can see the covered bridge over Water Street at left.

Who are the special guests?

Keynote speakers lined up for this year’s Bays and Bayous include John Englander and Eli Murphy. Englander is an oceanographer, consultant and leading expert on sea-level rise. Murphy is a communications expert who has been teaching, coaching and mentoring communicators for more than 20 years.

Want more info?

All the details you need about the symposium can be found on the event website. Check it out!

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