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Professional Conferences and Workshops

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association

October 13-16, 2020

The theme for this virtual conference is “2020 Vision for Our Coasts: Navigating Stormy Times,” and presentations will reflect how beach and coastal communities are dealing with unique challenges caused this year by the coronavirus pandemic. The conference will also look at how coastlines and communities can be resilient to current and future physical and economic challenges.

2020 Coastal and Island Conference

November 16-17, 2020

The theme of this virtual conference, hosted by the Center for Watershed Protection, is watershed management in coastal and island communities. Watershed and stormwater professionals will focus on the interrelationships of watersheds, stormwater management, water quality, and climate resiliency. The conference will provide an opportunity to hear about a broad spectrum of topics from experts, including mitigating pollution at the land-sea interface, hydrology and stormwater management, watershed planning and management, and biological integrity and habitat protection. It will also serve as a forum for connecting resource managers who live and work in areas surrounded by water, and to encourage information sharing on experiences and best practices for managing these watersheds.

National Council for Science and the Environment

January 5-9, 2021

The theme for this joint virtual conference is “Research to Action: Science and Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure”. The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) will lead programming on January 5–7, focusing on heat and water during this time of change across global ecosystems. On the afternoon of January 7, NCSE and Project Drawdown will host joint programming. Project Drawdown will lead the events on January 8–9 to dive even further into the research and science that informs the Drawdown solutions framework.

Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference

In Person, with Virtual Sessions
Durham, North Carolina

May 10-12, 2021

The major events of 2020, including the coronavirus pandemic, social justice movement, and extreme weather events, have presented the adaptation community with both challenges and opportunities as they look toward a more resilient future. Lessons learned and active research about these current issues and their connections to climate change in the Carolinas are welcome as part of the conference’s session and presentation topics. Featured topics include actionable climate science, climate resilience planning and recovery, collaborative climate adaptation, communication and engagement, economics of climate adaptation, and equitable adaptation.

S.C. Water Resources Conference

Columbia, South Carolina
Fall, 2021

The conference provides a forum for discussion of water policies, research projects, and water management. The goal is to prepare for and meet the growing challenge of providing water resources to sustain and grow South Carolina’s economy while preserving our natural resources.

A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference

Bonita Springs, Florida
December 13-16, 2021

This conference brings together professionals, researchers, and policy-makers involved with ecosystem services, in partnership with Ecosystem Markets and the Ecosystem Services Partnership, to provide an open forum to share experiences, methods, and tools for assessing and incorporating ecosystem services into public and private decisions. The focus of the conference is to engage these groups to advance the use of ecosystem services science and practice in resource management and other societal decisions.