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SFS Annual Meeting 2012

Freshwater Stewardship: Challenges and Solutions

Louisville, KY, USA, May 20 – 24, 2012

Registration Is Open

Online registration for the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science in Louisville, KY opened on February 7, 2012. Instructions and online registration forms can be found at http://www.sgmeet.com/sfs/sfs2012/. Late registration for the meeting will be available until May 24th, last day of the meeting.

Special Events

Plenary Presentations by Global Leaders in Freshwater Stewardship

John Downing (Iowa State University), David Hart (University of Maine), Ellen Gilinsky (USEPA), and Richard Kingsford (University of New South Wales) have accepted invitations for plenary presentations in Louisville. These scientists and policy makers will provide SFS with international expertise in the ecology and management of stream, lakes, and wetlands. See the biographical sketches of the plenary speakers.

Special Sessions and Workshops

More than 20 special sessions have been proposed with topics ranging from molecular to global and NEON to nutrient criteria. The TIC has organized workshops on Statistics R US, Mussel Taxonomy and Ecology, Clean Water Act 101, and the Taxonomy Fair.

Special Meeting Activities

Join us for a Tuesday night mixer on river boats cruising the Ohio River, a Wednesday night banquet with batting practice at the Louisville Bats stadium, and post-meeting day at Churchill Downs. In addition to these special events, the traditional 5K run, volleyball tournament, and a variety of other tours (Louisville Slugger Museum, Mohammed Ali Museum, Natural History Museum, Bourbon Distillery Tour, and Falls of the Ohio) are available for members and their guests before, during, and after the meeting. For more information, please see the Special Activities page.

Special Places

Louisville and the Bluegrass Region are a great place to visit. Come early before the meeting and stay late, like many of the team organizing the meeting, so you can enjoy all that Louisville and the Bluegrass Region, as well as SFS, have to offer.

Louisville offers great entertainment for both the urban and rural sides of your recreational desires (www.gotoLouisville.com). If you are waffling on coming to the meeting or want to get excited about the trip, take a few minutes to view a great tourism video that makes Louisville proud. Downtown Louisville and several nearby eclectic neighborhoods (Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue) provide great venues for evening dining and bar hopping. We are compiling maps, a restaurant guide, and related resources to easily navigate the opportunities (see Louisville Resources page). Check out “Jan and Kim’s Must See Must Do Places” on the Louisville Resources page for special places to eat or visit. Louisville has a beautiful park system, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, which is a great place for a walk or evening picnic. If you have a nice day, a car, and three or more hours, tour the horsefarm region, Bardstown, or Bernheim Forest with stops for lunch and bourbon tasting.

Hotel Accomodations

The meeting headquarters with the Marriott Louisville Downtown. Rooms at the Marriott can be reserved for $119/night in the block reserved for our meeting (reserve online). In addition, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Spring Hill Suites for $112/night (Phone: 502-569-7373) and at the University of Louisville ($45/night). Additional information about lodging can be found on the Local Arrangements page.


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