The 2017 AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference returns to The Rose
City (known to the glitterati as 'Portlandia' or 'Rip City')
after a four-year hiatus and promises water resources professionals
a magnificent venue amidst the scenic and culinary splendor of the
Pacific Northwest. Where better to engage in community, conversation,
and connections than on the banks of one of North America's most
iconic rivers, the spectacular Columbia, at the Red Lion Hotel on
the River at Jantzen Beach?
Conference co-chairs Brenda O. Bateman [Brenda.O.Bateman@oregon.gov]
of the Oregon Water Resources Department, Michael E. Campana [email@example.com]
of Oregon State University and the entire Planning Committee are
committed to providing attendees with an experience that will be
not only intellectually stimulating but also most enjoyable. We
will have our own 'Artist-in-Residence', April Waters, and if that's
not enough, how about an all-day UAV (drone) workshop on Sunday,
November 5th! We'll have at least one Lunch 'n Learn event. More
to come, too!
Topical Sessions (formerly Special Sessions)
If you and some colleagues would like to arrange an oral session(s)
on a specific topic and ask speakers to submit four abstracts for
the session, that's fine. Just let the co-chairs know by April 20,
2017 and provide the title and speakers of your proposed session.
We want to ensure that we organize abstracts into the correct sessions
and that we have no duplicate sessions. Note that your topical session
can occupy more than one 90-minute slot. If you would like to arrange
a topical poster session let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please advise those you invite that they must pay the registration
If you wish to convene a panel session to promote discussion on
a particular issue the convener should submit one abstract describing
the session, its title, the panelists and what they will discuss,
and the name, email address, title, and affiliation of each panelist.
Panel sessions are 90-minute discussions, and not a collection of
individual presentations. Please advise those you invite that they
must pay the registration fee.
These have really caught on since we started them a few years ago.
As the name suggests, these are short talks usually organized around
a single or several related themes. Each talk is five minutes, limited
to five PowerPoint slides. Individual abstracts are not required.
About sixteen talks are accommodated in one 90-minute slot. If you
wish to organize a Lightning Talk session, let the co-chairs know
ASAP. Presenters are still required to pay the registration fee.
Other Ideas - Workshops, etc.
If you would like to organize a workshop or field trip, please contact
the co-chairs right away. We are looking for creative, original,
and compelling ideas.
Why This Conference is Important
"May you live in interesting times." While simultaneously
a curse and a blessing, this statement is never more true than today.
All conferences strive to be relative and timely, but this AWRA
event will set a new standard for relevance.
Today, our nation is facing challenges that encompass deteriorating
infrastructure, climate change, drinking water quality, environmental
alteration, endangered species, and water conflicts, among others.
Scientific rigor and substantive discourse are values that are being
dismissed and ridiculed at the national level.
What does this mean for our precious water resources - and their
protection, governance, management, and sustainable use? What role
will our water resources community play? Come to Rip City in November
2017 and join the conversation.
Annual Conference Co-Chair and
Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon Water Resources Department
Annual Conference Co-Chair and Technical Program Co-Chair
Oregon State University