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Annual Meeting

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
June 4-9, 2017




Human civilization relies on a sustainable supply of fresh water to satisfy our thirst, water our crops, support fisheries, provide energy, and enrich our experience of nature. We are equally reliant on freshwater ecosystems to dispose of our wastes and to transport our commodities. These needs are often in conflict with one another, and unless carefully managed may both conflict with our desire to maintain the beauty and biodiversity of rivers. Much freshwater science has focused on documenting the identity and distribution of freshwater species and their loss; how our farms, cities, dams and mines degrade the physical, chemical and biological integrity of receiving streams. As a result, we are adept at documenting the decline – research designed to identify solutions has proved more elusive.

In our Raleigh 2017 meeting, we want to challenge the SFS community to shift their focus to how freshwater science can help imagine and implement solutions to the complex set of problems that plague freshwaters. Advancing our understanding of ecological processes will continue to be important, but is insufficient to meet future challenges. At SFS 2017 we will discuss and debate compelling ideas about how freshwater scientists can individually and collectively contribute to solution pathways that improve the trajectory of freshwater ecosystems. Our goal is to encourage all members of SFS to use their science to Inspire the public by sharing stories about the wonders of freshwater ecosystems; Inform stakeholders about the threats to and possibilities for future freshwater management and Insert our knowledge into real-time policy decisions, management actions, and technological innovations that will ultimately determine our freshwater future.

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Key Dates

  • Early Registration
    December 1, 2016 - March 24, 2017
  • Regular Registration
    March 27 - May 26, 2017
  • Special Session Call for Papers
    May 22 - October 31, 2016
  • Special Session Selection
    October 19 - November 6, 2016
  • Abstracts Open/Close
    November 9, 2016 - February 23, 2017
  • Special Session Chair - Review Period
    February 17-23, 2017
  • Program Committee Online Review Period
    February 23 - March 3, 2017
  • Abstract Selection/Planning Visit - Raleigh
    March 8-10, 2017
  • Preliminary Speaker Notification
    March 13-17, 2017
  • Preliminary Speaker Confirmation Due
    March 17, 2017 -
  • Presenter Deadline to Confirm & Register
    - April 14, 2017
  • Last Day for Program Book Materials
    - April 28, 2017
  • Onsite at Conference in Raleigh
    June 4-8, 2017


What's New
  • Making Waves Ep. 24: Quantitative and Computational Approaches to Explain Biodiversity, Dr. Jonathan Tonkin more
  • Emily Bernhardt's President's Environment: Freshwater Science Family Reunion more
  • June 2017 issue of Freshwater Science now online more
  • What's happenin'? Find out the news In The Drift... more
  • Read the Spring 2016 issue of in the drift! more
  • Proposed Constitutional Revisions 2016 more
  • Newsletter! Newsletter! in the drift more
  • SFS signs two letters sent to the US EPA regarding the Trump Administration's proposed revisions to the Waters of the US rule

  • SFS announces logo redesign competition. Submissions due 21 Aug. 2017.

  • Please take a short survey on the SFS logo redesign

  • The SFS ad hoc committee on inclusivity is producing a short video to highlight why freshwater scientists value having a diverse and inclusive society

  • Upcoming deadlines for the Fourth Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology


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