Wisconsin Wetlands Association: 2017 Wetland Science Conference

February 28 – March 2, 2017 | Stevens Point, WI

Conference Announcement

Wisconsin Wetlands Association invites you to participate in the 22nd Annual Wetland Science Conference, to be held February 28 – March 2, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Call for Symposia 2017

Join other scientists and professionals of the wetland and water community of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest to:

  • Share your wetland research, restoration, management, or outreach program;
  • Learn new identification and assessment approaches and techniques;
  • Hear about approaches to incorporating wetlands into watershed & community planning;
  • Discuss the latest in wetland science, planning, and protection issues;
  • Look ahead to the future of wetland science and practices in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

The 2-day conference, which will draw more than 300 attendees, will include a keynote address, organized symposia, topical oral sessions, a poster session, working groups, a banquet, and field trips to area wetlands.

This year’s conference will build on a two-decade long tradition of regional collaboration to protect and care for the region’s wetlands.

Key Conference Planning Dates

  • Call for Symposia – Issued July 2016. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2016
  • Call for Presentations & Posters – to be issued September 2016. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Nov. 15, 2016
  • Student ScholarshipsAPPLICATION DEADLINE: Jan. 13, 2017
    Note: we will also be holding a student presentation competition with cash prizes!
  • Registration – to open December 2016. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: Jan. 20, 2017
  • Sponsors & Exhibitors – promote your work to our audience as a sponsor & exhibitor. Sign up by Jan. 20, 2017 to insure you receive recognition in the event materials.

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Call for Symposia

Symposium Proposals Deadline: September 20, 2016

Wisconsin Wetlands Association invites you to submit a proposal for a Symposium at our 22nd annual Wetland Science Conference, to be held February 28 – March 2, 2017, in Stevens Point, WI. We seek proposals for half-day or full-day symposia, which could include oral presentations, panel discussions, and/or open discussion. All symposia should further information-sharing and collaboration on current critical wetland issues. Symposia are planned sessions on special topics that support the conference theme and that integrate across disciplines and across the landscape. Symposia organizers will be responsible for recruiting speakers for timeslots in multiples of 20 minutes (20, 40, 60, etc.), including time for questions and discussion. The Conference Advisory Panel Symposium Committee welcomes interested persons to organize symposia on subjects relevant to Wisconsin wetlands; the list below provides some possible topic areas. The conference will highlight the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic value of wetlands and will promote the latest research on and techniques for wetland and watershed planning, restoration, and management.


Individuals considering submitting a symposium proposal are encouraged to contact Katie Beilfuss, WWA Outreach Programs Director, at 608-250-9971, prior to submitting to discuss ideas and process. Symposium proposals are due by September 30, 2016. Please email your proposal to programs@wisconsinwetlands.org. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF documents only, please. The Conference Advisory Panel Symposium Committee will make final decisions regarding symposia this fall. Due to limited program space and time, the final list of symposia will be constrained (we expect to offer 1-3 symposia, depending on the length of each). Important Dates

  • Symposium proposals due: September 30, 2016
  • Decisions on symposium proposals: November 1, 2016
  • Symposia posted on conference website: December 16, 2016

See following pages for suggested symposia topics and information on submission evaluation process & criteria and organizer responsibilities.


Wetlands and Biodiversity Conservation

  • Wetland wildlife every wetland enthusiast should know
  • Taking inventory of wetland diversity: what have we learned?
  • Wetland wildlife monitoring: programs and results
  • Effects of management on species abundance and diversity

Climate Adaptation

  • Update on predicted impacts of climate change on Wisconsin wetlands
  • Climate change impacts and adaptations: how are wetlands part of the solution?

Wetlands & Water Quality

  • The role of wetlands in improving water quality
  • Wetlands as a tool for reaching Area of Concern and TMDL goals

Wetland Restoration & Management

  • Wetlands in an agricultural landscape: Helping achieve on-farm and watershed goals
  • Wetland restoration science: What have we learned? Where are we headed?
  • Wetland management science: What have we learned? Where are we headed?
  • Fire as a wetland management tool
  • Determining historic wetland site conditions: How do we set our restoration goals?
  • Wetland mitigation: policies and practices

Watershed Assessment & Planning

  • Incorporating wetland science into community land use planning
  • Applications of wetland assessment for community planning and decision-making

Wetland Functions & Services

  • Impacts of invasive plants on wetland communities
  • Measuring wetland functions: what have we learned?
  • Economic valuation of wetland resources in Wisconsin: Case Studies
  • The role of wetlands in watershed hydrology
  • The role of wetlands in riparian systems

Communicating About Wetland Science

  • Translating wetland science for the public: How can we be effective doing this?
  • How have advancements in wetland science changed the practices of professionals? (e.g. in the work of professional communities in energy, construction, water treatment, planning, etc.)

To have your Symposium Proposal considered for WWA’s

22nd annual Wetland Science Conference,
Please complete the symposium proposal submission form available at http://conference.wisconsinwetlands.org/

  1. Evaluation Process and Criteria The Conference Advisory Panel Symposium Committee will make the final decision with regard to the acceptance and scheduling of all symposia. Proposals will be reviewed following the submission deadline, and acceptance notices will be sent as soon as possible in order to allow organizers sufficient time to coordinate with speakers, make travel arrangements, seek institutional support, and secure sponsorship as necessary. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • scientific merit, with emphasis on new research results, cutting-edge developments, novel perspectives, and innovative or interdisciplinary approaches
    • clear relevance to the field of wetland research, restoration, and management and its social, economic and/or ecological aspects.
    • applicability to wetland restoration or management practices and/or policy
    • availability of funding to support speaker attendance (and/or travel). WWA is not able to support symposium speaker registration or travel costs.
    • submission of a clearly written and compelling proposal that includes a draft program for the symposium session.

    Organizers will be notified electronically concerning the receipt, review, and acceptance of their proposal via the e-mail address provided. Organizers will be notified as to the acceptance of their proposal no later than November 1, 2016. If for some reason you do not hear from the Conference Advisory Panel Symposium Committee by November 1, 2016, please contact Katie Beilfuss, WWA Outreach Programs Director (programs@wisconsinwetlands.org).

  2. Organizer Responsibilities

    All sessions must have a lead organizer who serves as the primary point of contact. This person should be readily available by email in the months leading up to the conference and is expected to be present at the symposium, workshop, or training course.

    Funding: WWA will provide meeting space and onsite logistical support for all symposia but is not able to offer any travel or accommodation assistance, honoraria, complimentary registration, or other funding to session organizers or individual speakers/presenters. WWA encourages prospective organizers to seek sponsorships and/or institutional support to help offset the costs associated with their symposium and we are happy to collaborate on these efforts.

    If Your Proposal Is Accepted: Organizers are responsible for ensuring that all presenters taking part in their symposium submit an abstract by November 15, 2016 via the online abstract submission system used by all presenters for the conference. Details about how to access this system will be sent to organizers of accepted symposia upon notification of acceptance. Presenters must also register for the conference before the deadline for registration, which will be posted later this fall. Presenters who do not meet these deadlines may be excluded from the conference program. Symposium organizers must also submit an abstract as above if they plan to give a presentation during their session and would like their abstract included in the abstracts booklet.

    If you are unable to secure enough presenters to complete your symposium or to take the place of any presenters who have cancelled, the Conference Advisory Panel Symposium Committee will work with you to determine the best remedy so as to maintain the program’s integrity.

North American Forest Ecology Workshop

The University of Alberta is hosting the 11th North America Forest Ecology Workshop from June 19-22 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The theme of NAFEW 2017 will be: Sustaining Forests from Restoration to Conservation. The conference will include one-day in-conference field trips to see both natural and industrial landscapes.

The call for special session proposals is now open at the conference website: http://nafew.org/abstracts/

The conference website can be found at: http://nafew.org/

Organizing committee:

  • Phil Comeau
  • Ellen Macdonald
  • Simon Landhausser
  • Erin Bayne
  • Anne McIntosh
  • Scott Nielsen
  • Brad Pinno
  • Deborah Renton
  • John Stadt
  • Barb Thomas

For more information individuals can contact the meeting organizing committee at


Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Support of Decision-Making


Date of meeting: 24 – 26 August 2016

The conference covers scenarios and modelling applications in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. It intends to mobilise experts in all relevant disciplines of natural and social sciences as well as policy makers and practitioners. Conference topics focus on:

  • Exploring recent advances in modelling human impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Addressing the use of scenarios and models for decision support
  • Mobilising observations of biodiversity and ecosystem services for model development and testing
  • Capacity building for developing scenarios and models  and for their use in decision making
  • Horizon scanning and addressing gaps in knowledge

Registration and abstract submission are now open on the conference website

Deadline for abstract submission is the 01 June 2016
Early bird registration fees apply until the 26 June 2016
Limited financial support (travel / accommodation) is available for participants from developing countries

Organising Committee

  • Paul Leadley, Université Paris Sud, France
  • Sandra Lavorel, Université Joseph Fourier, France
  • Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre, Germany
  • Mingchang Cao, Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science, Ministry of Environmental protection, China
  • Wolfgang Cramer, Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology, France
  • Simon Ferrier, CSIRO, Australia
  • Walter Jetz, Yale University, United States
  • Karachepone Ninan, Centre for Economics, Environment and Society, India
  • Jean Paul Metzger, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Guy Midgley, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Jyothis Sathyapalan, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, India
  • Osamu Saito, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Japan
  • Yunne-Jai Shin, Université Montpellier, France
  • Brendan Wintle, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Cornelia Krug, Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité, France

Additional Information

Please navigate to the official website: scennet2016.sciencesconf.org
To contact the organizers: Cornelia Krug +33 1 80 05 89 41 or cornelia.krug@fondationbiodiversite.fr

UFRO 125th Anniversary Congress September 2017 in Freiburg, Germany

Call for Sessions Proposals


The Congress Scientific Committee (CSC) invites submissions of session proposals for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) 125th Anniversary Congress, September 2017, in Freiburg, Germany.

In keeping with the congress title – “Interconnecting Forests, Science and People” – we invite proposals on all subjects related to forest research worldwide. This congress provides a platform for the exchange of science knowledge across the full range of forest and forest-related topics and scientific disciplines.

Recognizing that forests need to be seen in connection with other environmental and human systems, the CSC welcomes session proposals highlighting innovative research and interdisciplinary research approaches of relevance to forests. Moreover, sessions focusing on the transfer of scientific knowledge on critical global forest-related challenges to national and international political agendas are also encouraged.

Participation in the special IUFRO Congress is open to all individuals with an interest in forest science. Proposals can be submitted online at http://iufro2017.com/call-for-session

The deadline for submission of proposals is 15 June, 2016.


For more information
Andrew Liebhold, Chair Congress Scientific Committee

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12th International Congress of Ecology INTECOL 2017 – Beijing, China


Aug. 21st – 25th, 2017. Beijing, China

The 12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017 Beijing) will be held in Beijing, China, August 21-25, 2017. As the host of the congress, the Ecological Society of China (ESC) warmly welcomes ecologists, environmental policy makers and practitioners to join this Congress from all over the globe. The theme of the congress is Ecology and Civilization in a Changing World which will focus on harmonious and sustainable development among people, nature, and society in the context of global change.

Thematic Topics of the Congress

  • Ecosystem services and management
  • Global climate change and ecosystem adaptation
  • Urbanization and regional environmental change
  • Biogeochemical cycling and ecosystem health
  • Ecological degradation and ecosystem restoration
  • Environmental stress and biodiversity conservation
  • Industrial ecology and green economy
  • Molecular ecology and evolution
  • Landscape pattern, process and sustainability
  • Ecohydrology and watershed management
  • Paleoecology, ecological dynamics and environmental assessment
  • Agroecology, suatainable agriculture and rural development
Call for SymposiumTo promote collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue, we invite you to propose symposia with specific topics. Proposals are encouraged to address the congress theme, if appropriate, but doing so is not necessary. Any timely and coherent subject of broad ecological interests will be considered. We also welcome proposals that explore interdisciplinary connections with areas of social and natural science outside of ecology. Each symposium should have 8 to 10 speakers (15 min. presentations plus 5 min. discussions). The content of symposium should follow the form given in the attachment. The deadline for symposium submission is May 1, 2016.
» Please submit your proposals to intecol2017@rcees.ac.cn and liding@rcees.ac.cn. The Congress Scientific Committee (CSC) will evaluate the symposium proposals and participants will be required to submit abstracts afterwards.
» For more information about the 12th INTECOL International Congress of Ecology, please visit the website: www.intecol2017.org. Contact Dr. Liding CHEN Professor of Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences of Chinese Academy of Sciences General Secretary of ESC Email: liding@rcees.ac.cn -or- intecol2017@rcees.ac.cn

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