Special Events

Sunday Opening Plenary and Welcome Mixer
Sunday, August 7, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM,
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D
Keynote Speaker: TBA
After the Plenary joint us for a reception and listen to jazz provided by ESA members in ‘Hot Club’.
Scientific Plenary & ESA Awards Session
Monday, August 8, 8 AM—10AM,
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D
Keynote Speaker: Keynote: Stephen W. Pacala, ESA MacArthur Lecturer; Director, Princeton Environmental Institute
Grand Opening of the ESA Exhibits with Live Austin Entertainment
Monday, August 8, 11:30 AM,
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3
Join us for the ESA exhibits kick-off event.  Ryan Harkrider, Austin local talent and author of ‘Nobody Ever Wants to Leave Austin’,  will play from 11:30 am to 12:30pm. Visit booths and displays and see what is new and exciting in the world of ecology.  Enjoy a complimentary lunch as you wander throughout the exhibit hall, but come early as refreshments will be offered only while supplies last.
Undergraduate Student Orientation
Monday, August 8, 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM
Austin Convention Center, Room 7
If you are an undergraduate students (including one who has recently graduated), you are invited to attend this event. You will be welcomed by the ESA Leadership and will be given information about the ESA, student events, and awards, as well as hints about how to best enjoy and use the meetings. This event also provides a great opportunity for you to meet some of your peers from across the country and make new friends who you may see at ESA meetings for years to come – all while enjoying light refreshments.
ESA Student Mixer
Monday, August 8, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM,
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom C
Ticket $21 includes Refreshments and a Beer, glass of wine or a soda
This mixer offers students an ideal opportunity to get to know their peers and form lasting friendships.
WK 30: An Evening of Music: Live Performance by ESA Musicians

Monday, August 8, 7 PM - 10 PM
Austin Convention Center, Room 17A
Be a part of ESA’s Annual Meeting tradition be participating in the “Music and Ecology” session, featuring performances by meeting attendees. If you are interested in sharing your talents at this year’s session, join us on Monday evening. 
ESA Graduate Students and Post-Doc Roundtable with ESA Leadership
Tuesday, August 9, 7 AM - 8 AM
Austin Convention Center, Room 7
Ticket $7 includes bagels and coffee
Graduate students and post-doctoral candidates are invited to join members of the ESA Leadership for informal conversation over a breakfast of bagels and coffee.
ESA Student Section Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, August 3, 6:30 PM – 8 PM
Austin Convention Center, Room 7
The ESA Student Business Meeting and Awards is designed to honor outstanding student contributions to ecological science.
Sunrise 5K Fun Run/Walk in Austin

Wednesday, August 10, 5:30 AM
Austin Convention Center, meet at the Trinity Street Lobby
Ticket $15
Rise and shine early to enjoy this always popular morning event. Check-in will begin at 5:30 AM.  Numerous prizes will be awarded and everyone who participates will receive an event souvenir. Participants must sign an Accident Waiver and Liability Release Form before the event.
Recent Advances Lecture

Wednesday, August 10, 12:15-1:15 pm
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom E
Presider: Tom Jurik, ESA Program Chair
Keynote Speaker: Camille Parmesan


Diversity Mixer

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 PM - 8 PM
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom F
Ticket $9 includes Refreshments and a beverage
Celebrate diversity with SEEDS (Strategies for Ecology Education, Development, and Sustainability) program participants at this popular mixer. This event offers an opportunity to learn more about the SEEDS program and its successes while enjoying good food before the Wednesday evening sessions.
ESA Diversity Luncheon

Thursday, August 11, 11:30 AM - 1:15 PM
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom F
Careers in Ecology: The Glass Ceiling and Other Challenges—Carreras en Ecologia: El Techo de Cristal y Otros Desafios
Ticket $25 includes lunch
Join us for the 7th ESA Diversity Luncheon featuring the Summary of the WAMIE Report by Meg Lowman.  Also included will be a panel of Latina Scientists to discuss their challenges as women in ecology.  The women on the panel are: Sonia Ortega, Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard, Ana Elisa Perez, and Erica Fernandez.
ESA Presents an Austin Night for Nature

Thursday, August 11, 8:00 PM
Moody Theater, 310 West Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX
Ticket $15 ONLY includes the concert—No food or drinks included—MUST wear ESA Badge
Learn the meaning of “Live Music Capital of the World” by attending the ESA concert, organized by music lovers for music lovers. This is not country music!!  Listen to 3 local bands: Alejandro Escovedo and The Sensitive Boys (Rock, Roots Rock, Acoustic); Carolyn Wonderland (Blues, Americana); and Terri Hendrix (Americana, Roots Rock, Folk).  Come and hear this concert at the NEW home of the Austin City Limits located only a few blocks from the Austin Convention Center.  Experience Austin at its best!!
Closing Plenary Lunch: Summary of Meeting by Senior Ecologists

Friday, August 12, 11:30 AM - 1 PM
Austin Convention Center, Room 19A
Ticket $25 includes lunch
Closing Plenary Panel: Tom Jurik, Steward Pickett, Alan Knapp, Jenny Talbot, Joe Fader

The Closing Plenary Lunch will provide an informally structured opportunity for attendees to hear the perspectives of a panel of distinguished ecologists on the meeting just past, and their more general reflections on the history and future of the Society's meetings.
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