AWRA 2024 Spring Conference

Water Risk and Resilience: Research and Sustainable Solutions

April 8-10, 2024 | Tuscaloosa, AL | Bryant Conference Center at the University of Alabama

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AWRA promotes innovative, practical, and applied water resource management solutions, techniques, and current research through its slate of specialty conferences. The AWRA Future Risk Conference Planning Committee is excited to host a diverse and inclusive water resource Spring Specialty Conference that connects research and operations for future water risk issues. The multidisciplinary schedule of topics for this conference guarantees a variety of presentations and discussions that will satisfy seasoned and young professionals and academics alike. Technical session topics will include actionable science, evaluation, planning methods, design and implementation of specific infrastructure projects, and design and implementation of programs and policies.

Example sessions will focus on the following conference themes:
  • Water research to operations.
  • The current status and recent outcomes of major federal funding initiatives for water infrastructure and resilience.
  • Water rights/legal issues arising with the changing climate.
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Water resilience.
  • Climate, water, food, energy, and ecosystem nexus.
  • Next generation water resources modeling.
AWRA's commitment to community, conversation, and connection guides our efforts in putting this specialty conference together. Compelling presentations are the foundation of any conference, and the AWRA Spring Specialty Conference is no exception. We rely on our attendees to provide insights and inputs to stimulate informative conversation.

Topical Session Proposals on Themes (90-minutes):

  • Focus on a novel topic that embodies the essence of at least one of the conference themes or is multi- or transdisciplinary in nature.
  • Have flexible formats: They could be either a panel, roundtable, interview, or another format of your choosing. For example, two or three authors may cover related topics, each preparing a separate manuscript for journal submission and presenting on that manuscript.
  • An additional presenter, who is not an author but may be giving a related presentation, could be a discussant reacting to the presented papers or a moderator.

Required Information to Submit a Topical Session Proposal

 The deadline to submit a topical session proposal is August 4, 2023 and submissions must be made via AWRA's online portal. Up to three submissions are permitted. Before submitting your topical session proposal, please have all of the following information with you:
  • The organizer(s)/moderator name(s), company(s), and email addresses.
  • Topical session title.
  • Type of presentation. Please click here to download a description of the types of a topical sessions: panel, technical, and/or workshop.
  • A brief description (c. 150 words) of the session: what it will cover; why you feel it's significant.
  • Presenter’s name(s), company(s) affiliation(s), email address(es), and tentative oral presentation title(s). There is NOT a limit of presenters per topical session. Please note that all presenters DO NOT have to be confirmed. Confirming your speakers will guarantee they are placed in your session once they submit an abstract.

Topical Session Proposal Submission Process

  1. The submission process is closed. There is no fee to submit a topical session proposal.
  2. Complete this form and click submit.
  3. If your Topical Session is selected, you must submit an abstract for your topic during the call for abstracts period.
  4. If your Topical Session is selected, all of your proposed presenters must submit the Call for Abstracts with the Topical Session Code (TSC). That list will be posted on the website prior to the Call for Abstracts. Submissions that are accepted will be posted to the conference app as submitted and changes will not be made after submission.
  5. If you would like to submit another proposal, you may click on the link on the Thank You page.


  • Questions about topical session proposals should be directed to [email protected].
  • Questions about submitting your proposal, registering for the conference and/or AWRA membership, please contact [email protected].


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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