Spring Conference

AWRA 2024 Spring Conference

Water Risk and Resilience: Research and Sustainable Solutions

Save the Date: April 8-10, 2024 | Tuscaloosa, AL

Join us for the AWRA 2024 Spring Specialty Conference, co-hosted by the AWRA Future Risk Committee and the Alabama Water Institute. The theme for the conference is "Water Risk and Resilience: Research and Sustainable Solutions".


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Date & Location

April 8-10, 2024
Bryant Conference Center at the University of Alabama
240 Paul W Bryant Dr
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
*For the AWRA room block and other lodging options, click the Hotel & Travel tab under Conference Details.


  • April 5: Applications are due for the competitive international registration waiver (limited to 6). Download the PDF application.
  • CLOSED: Hotel room block rate.
  • CLOSED: Early bird registration rate ends.
  • CLOSED: Call for Topical Session Proposals
  • CLOSED: Call for Abstract Submissions

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AWRA Conference App

AVAILABLE NOW! The preliminary Spring Conference program is only available through the AWRA Conference App. Help us be sustainable and responsible as there will not be a printed program for this conference. View the schedule, meet the speakers, and more!

With so many things happening at #AWRA2024, it can help to have the most up-to-date information about what is coming up next as well as any changes to the conference. By downloading the AWRA conference app to your mobile device, tablet, and/or desktop computer, you will have access to the full conference schedule and receive notifications of important information. To get started and find tips to help you maximize your Spring Conference experience, download our AWRA Conference App Guide.

Why Attend?

The conference seeks to bring together a diverse multi-disciplinary group of water professionals - to disseminate, share, and learn about research-based cutting-edge solutions to evaluate and address future water risks and improve how society can adapt to these risks. Technical session topics will include actionable science, evaluation, and planning methods, design and implementation of specific infrastructure projects, and design and implementation of programs and policies. As with other AWRA conferences, the conference seeks to present excellent networking opportunities and build an exciting conversation around actionable solutions that address and build resilience to future water risks to ensure a secure water future. Other proposed highlights include - multidisciplinary workshops focused on understanding future risks and proactive adaptation, field trips touring the National Water Center (NWC) and local water bodies, as well as opportunities for students to present their research and network with professionals from all fields of the water resources spectrum.

The conference location is on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which also serves as the home of the National Water Center (NWC) and the future home of the USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility (HIF). Eight hotels are located within two miles of the campus providing adequate lodging space for conference participants. Major airline service to Tuscaloosa is provided through the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, located approximately 60 miles from the city. A shuttle service is available from the airport to the University campus. Regional airline service to the city is provided through Tuscaloosa National Airport.


Have some fun in Tuscaloosa!
View the list of local attractions, including restaurants, movie theaters, trails, and more.

Plus, view the list of food trucks at the University of Alabama.


AWRA Code of Conduct

All conference participants (presenters, moderators, panelists, attendees, etc.) must adhere to the AWRA Code of Conduct and must register at the appropriate registration rate. AWRA Gateway members are not eligible for discounted conference rates. The registration fees are the major source of funding for the Conference, and the sharing of registrations is prohibited - every person attending the conference must register. For presenters, if two or more individuals will be presenting, each individual must register for the conference. This includes: all technical session presenters; all panel session presenters; and all poster session presenters.

Cancelations must be made in writing. Those cancelations received by February 8, 2024 will be subject to a processing fee of 30% of total fees. No refunds will be given after February 8, 2024 but we can transfer your registration to someone else. The transfer must be completed by April 1, 2024. Abstract submission fees are nonrefundable. Refunds will be processed after the conclusion of the conference. Conference location decisions are guided by AWRA's policy.


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