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Annual Conferences Pursue Virtual Engagement

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 | Posted in News

In the face of ongoing restrictions, both the 2021 Northeast Aquatic Biologists (NAB) Conference (March 3, 5, 9, and 11) and the 31st Annual Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Conference (May 20, 25, and 27) will be going virtual. While NEIWPCC staff will miss connecting with our attendees in-person, virtual conferences provide a safe opportunity to transform how we collaborate and communicate.

Past conference participants walking next to a stream during a field trip.

Past NPS conference participants during a previous year’s field trip.

Last March, NEIWPCC hosted the 2020 Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference in Newport, Rhode Island. Shortly thereafter, with coronavirus lurking in the undercurrent, the 31st Annual Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference was postponed.

While typically restricted by geography to a northeast-based audience, this year’s conferences present the opportunity for attendees from beyond the northeast to participate. Attendees include state, municipal, tribal, and federal governments, the public and private sector, students and professors, and watershed organizations.

The NAB Conference will cover topics ranging from biomonitoring and bioassessments to cyanobacteria monitoring and mitigation. The NPS Conference will address diverse material including natural infrastructure, social science, and watershed planning.

In addition to panels, discussions, training sessions, and lightning talks, virtual conferences provide a multitude of opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors to directly engage with attendees.

The NAB Conference Call for Abstracts will remain open until January 6.

 

woman sitting at a desk waving to online conference participants