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11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae

We are pleased to announce that the 11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae will be held on October 23-28, 2022, in Albany, New York, at the Hilton Albany.

Logo by Thayne Yazzie

Please click below for additional registration info, including registration types and rates.

Current Symposium Program & Agenda

Local coordination is being led by NEIWPCC, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and U.S. Geological Survey with support from the U.S. National Office for Harmful Algal Blooms at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The theme for the upcoming symposium is “Science to Support Solutions from Shore to Shore. From freshwater to marine systems, the prevalence of harmful algal blooms (HABs) is a national environmental challenge, and solutions are needed. Celebrating this event in New York – the only state with Great Lake shorelines, marine coasts, and the diverse range of ecosystems between these extremes – creates an ideal setting to discuss progress in understanding algal bloom ecology and the solutions necessary to prevent and reduce HABs.

This conference is open to all registrants. Attendees will include national representatives and researchers from academia; state, federal, tribal, and municipal governments; the private sector; and watershed organizations.

Symposium Program & Special Sessions

We are excited to release our latest agenda for the 11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae!

We are proud to offer a special evening sessions, Impacts of HABs on Shellfish: Addressing Harvester and Industry Needs & NHABON: Partnering to Implement a National HAB Observing Network, as well as a pre-conference workshop, Mechanisms for Improved Detection of HABs Using Satellites, at our event this year in Albany.

Presenters: Please reach out with any concerns you may have, including changes to your abstract title, scheduling, etc.


Registration is now closed.

Registration payments will be accepted via check or credit card.  To ensure the safety of our attendees, we will not be providing on-site registration; for more information, please see the COVID-19 Policy outlined below.

  • Check Payments: Please make checks payable to NEIWPCC. When mailing in your check, please reference your confirmation number on the check, or mail the check with a printed copy of your confirmation. Checks must be received within two weeks of submitting conference registration.
    NEIWPCC (ATTN: Ashley Harrington)
    650 Suffolk Street, Suite 410
    Lowell, MA, 01854
  • Cancellation Policy: Attendee cancellations made by September 23, 2022, will be refunded less a $15.00 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for attendee cancellation received after September 16, 2022. Exhibitor registration is non-refundable.

Registration Rates…
Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshop: $75
Includes lunch & coffee/water breaks

Standard, Full Conference Registration: $375
Includes Sunday’s Welcome Reception, all symposium sessions, poster sessions, daily breakfast & coffee/water breaks, & lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday

Student, Full Conference Registration: $275
Includes Sunday’s Welcome Reception, all symposium sessions, poster sessions, daily breakfast & coffee/water breaks, & lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuesday Only In-Person Registration: $95
Includes Tuesday’s symposium sessions, poster session, breakfast, lunch, & coffee/water breaks

Tuesday Only Virtual Registration: $50
Includes Tuesday’s general session and livestreaming of one dedicated breakout room

Exhibitor Registration: $1250
Includes Sunday’s Welcome Reception, all symposium sessions, poster sessions, daily breakfast & coffee/water breaks, & lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday

Additional Symposium Events…
Field Trip – New York State Museum: $10
Sunday, October 23 @ 3:00-4:30
The New York State Museum is a center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Established in 1836, it is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. From its beginning, the Museum has been home to some of the nation’s leading scientists, including the founders of American paleontology, ethnology, botany and mycology. Its collections rank among the finest in many fields and total more than 16 million scientific specimens and one million cultural objects.

Student-Led Trivia @ Albany Pump Station: $25
Monday, October 24 @ 6:00-9:00pm
Join us for a student hosted trivia & networking night at Albany Pump Station. Trivia, appetizers, and cash bar will be available.

Field Trip – Haunted Tour of the Capitol: $10
Tuesday, October 25 @ 6:00-7:30pm or Thursday, October 27 @ 4:00-5:30pm
Brave visitors will explore the legends, folklore, and tales of unexplained occurrences connected to the historic State Capitol, including mysteries behind the Capitol’s most notorious carvings like the “Secret Demon” near the Great Western Staircase. Discover the Assembly Chamber’s hidden murals and the tormented artist who created them. Learn about the two Presidents who visited the Capitol after their death and the exact spot where a night watchman died in the deadly fire of 1911.

Banquet, Awards Ceremony, & Halloween Party: $55
Thursday, October 27 @ 6:30-10:30pm
Join us for a fun filled night of tricks and treats at the Hilton Albany Hotel. Eat, Drink, and Be Scary: buffet dinner, cash bar, dancing, and photo booth will be available. Halloween Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Symposium Venue & Location

The Hilton Albany is located at 40 Lodge St, Albany, NY 12207 in the heart of New York’s historic State Capitol.

Reservations must be made by Friday, September 23. Reservations can be made for the Hilton Albany by phone at 1-866-691-1183 (group code: 1SHA) or online via the booking link: MAKE RESERVATIONS HERE. Utilize this link and edit dates, if applicable, in order to access our conference rates. Guestrooms are available at the per diem rate of $114 per night, plus applicable taxes. All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card, supplied at the time of reservation. Guest check-in time is 4:00pm; check-out time is 11:00am.

Parking is waived for attendees, subject to availability.

For questions or concerns about making reservations, please contact Megan Nickerson at 978-349-2048 or

Recommended Restaurants:

  • Stack’s Espresso Bar: Open daily 7:00am-3:00pm (5 min walk)
  • Stagecoach Coffee: Open daily 6:30am-4:30pm (3 min walk)
  • Cider Belly Doughnuts: Open Wednesday-Sunday 8:00am-1:00pm; closed Monday & Tuesday (3 min walk)
  • The Skinny Pancake: Open Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00am-3:00pm & Thursday-Monday 8:00am-8:00pm (3 min walk)
  • Pearl Street Diner: Open Monday-Saturday 7:00am-3:00pm; closed Sunday (3 min walk)
  • Iron Gate Café: Open Wednesday-Monday 9:00am-3:00pm; closed Tuesday (14 min walk)
  • Miranda’s Deli: Open Monday-Friday 8:00am-3:00pm; closed Saturday & Sunday (6 min walk)
  • The Hollow Bar + Kitchen: Open Monday & Tuesday 4:00-9:00pm; Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am-9:00pm; Friday 11:30am-10:00pm; Saturday 4:00-10:00pm; closed Sunday (5 min walk)
  • McGeary’s: Open Monday-Wednesday 3:00-10:00pm; Thursday- Saturday 12:00noon-11:00pm; Sunday 12:00noon-10:00pm (7 min walk)
  • Olde English Pub: Open Tuesday-Thursday 11:00am-10:00pm; Friday & Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-7:00pm; closed Monday (9 min walk)
  • C H Evans Brewing Co. @ Albany Pump Station: Open Wednesday-Sunday 12:00noon-8:00pm; closed Monday & Tuesday (4 min walk)
  • City Beer Hall: Open Wednesday & Thursday 4:00pm-12:00midnight; Friday & Saturday 4:00pm-2:00am; Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm; closed Monday & Tuesday (2 min walk)
  • Pizzeria 54: Open daily 10:00am-6:00pm (4 min walk)
  • Emmanuel Thai Restaurant: Open Monday-Friday 11:00am-9:00pm; Saturday 12:00noon-8:00pm; closed Sunday (4 min walk)
  • Spinning Gyro: Open Monday-Friday 11:00am-9:00pm; Saturday 1:00-9:00pm; closed Sunday (5 min walk)
  • OkiPoki: Open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-8:00pm; closed Sunday (4 min walk)

Also in the Area:

Getting There

The Hilton Albany is a 15-20 minute drive, 45 minute bus ride, or a $20-25 Lyft or Uber from Albany International Airport.  The nearest Amtrak station, Albany-Rensselaer, is a 15 minute bus ride or a $9-12 Lyft or Uber to the venue.  For more information on local public transportation schedules and routes, please visit

Exhibitors & Sponsors

You are invited to join the conference as an exhibitor or sponsor!  Why should your organization partner with the 11th US Symposium on Harmful Algae? In one word: visibility! Being an exhibitor or sponsor gives your organization the exciting opportunity to engage and develop a deeper network within the HAB community.  With a guarantee to reach national professionals in the HAB field, this conference provides an excellent marketing vehicle to a targeted and attentive audience.  Visit the registration portal to register now.

Check out additional sponsorship details and available options HERE.

For questions or concerns about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor, please contact Maryann Dugan at

Meet the Symposium Organizers

Symposium Chairs & Local Organizing Committee

  • Maryann Dugan, NEIWPCC
  • Rebecca Gorney, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Jennifer Graham, U.S. Geological Survey

Steering Committee

  • David Berthold, University of Florida
  • Greg Boyer, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Lisa Cleckner, Finger Lakes Institute; Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Mary Anne Evans, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Guy Foster, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Chris Gobler, Stony Brook University
  • Dianne Greenfield, City University of New York
  • H. Dail Laughinghouse IV, University of Florida
  • Keith Loftin, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Mindy Richlen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • MaryKate Rogener, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Lauren Ross, University of Maine
  • Jayme Smith, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
  • Marc Suddleson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Alan Wilson, Auburn University
  • Kiyoko Yokota, State University of New York Oneonta


NEIWPCC is committed to providing an event that keeps all participants as safe as possible and promotes the well-being of our community. NEIWPCC requires all individuals who participate in the 11th US Symposium on Harmful Algae to be fully vaccinated in order to attend.

  • Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) guidance, people are considered “fully vaccinated” either 2 weeks after they receive their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after they receive their single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
  • As new guidance regarding vaccine recommendations is updated by the CDC to include booster doses in the future, participants may be required to provide proof they have received such doses.

Guests must show proof of vaccination when arriving at the event. Accepted proof of vaccination includes the original vaccination card, a printed copy of the vaccination card, or a digital photograph of the vaccination card. To protect confidential information, NEIWPCC will not maintain copies of these documents, and any records provided will be discarded.

In addition, all attendees must adhere to all 11th US Symposium on Harmful Algae Conference safety measures. The 11th US Symposium on Harmful Algae will operate according to the prevailing federal, state, county, and city laws, regulations, recommendations, and guidelines, as well as venue-specific regulations for the Hilton Albany, as they are in effect over the 11th US Symposium on Harmful Algae dates (including but not limited to face mask requirements, social distancing, etc.).

To ensure safety, we will not be accepting on-site registrations.

We will continue to revise our procedures as needed to reflect the current state of the pandemic.

Event Flyers: Save the Date | Call for Abstracts | Sponsorship | Registration | Current Agenda

Banner photograph by Wolfgang Vogelbein, used with permission.

For general questions on attending, exhibiting, or sponsoring at the 11th U.S. Symposium on Harmful Algae, please contact Maryann Dugan at 978-323-7929 or


Key Dates

Standard Registration:
Ends September 23, 2022

Hotel Room Block:
Closes September 23, 2022

Partners & Sponsors