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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 Podcast Episode 27: Animal Migrations andnd Freshwater Nutrient Subsidies , Amanda Subalusky more
  • Making Waves Podcast Episode 26: Carbon Fates, Dr. Erin Hotchkiss more
  • Does Cultural Diversity Matter to Scientific Societies? Read the President's Environment more
  • SFS Student Presentation Awards! more
  • In the drift just fell into your sampler! The Spring 2015 Newsletter is here! more
  • Making Waves Podcast Episode 14: Nitrogen Fixation in a Warming World, Dr. Jill Welter more
  • The President's Environment: What's New? more
  • 4th International Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia and 2nd Youth Freshwater Ecology School August 19-25, 2018

  • 2018 Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA: 28-30 March 2018.


  • The deadline to submit proposals for AQUATROP Special Sessions or Symposiums is now November 17, 2017

  • SFS joins CASS in condemning silencing of EPA scientists

  • Andy Leidolf appointed as SFS Executive Director



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