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Submit a Presentation Proposal

Students at the Poster Session during the 2024 Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention

There are many ways to share your project, research, success story, or expertise at the Lakes and Rivers Convention. Consider submitting a proposal today!

Deadline: October 1, 2024

We invite you to submit a Concurrent Session Presentation Proposal for sessions scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 27 & 28. If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a workshop, lightning talk, or poster, please use the form specific to that type of presentation.

For 2025, the theme is The Power of Words: Working for Our Waters. We invite presenters to join us to share how the power of words has improved water resource management. From adopting new tools and techniques that help in managing invasive species, through citizen monitoring and education, by learning new strategies for mitigating climate consequences through resiliency, adaptation, and action, and through examples and tips to increase the functionality and success of lake and river organizations, we encourage you to share your successes. Throughout these sessions, we encourage highlights of efforts and ideas that support diverse perspectives and group dynamics, as well as equity and inclusion in water resource protection and management.

The Convention brings together scientists, water management specialists, educators, students, and citizen stakeholders to learn more about water resources, so the audience is more varied than a typical research or professional conference. Ideally, presentations provide the audience with actionable lessons that they might apply at any of Wisconsin’s thousands of lakes, rivers or streams.

Deadline: October 1, 2024

We are seeking Workshop Proposals for 2-3 hour workshops that will take place on Wednesday, March 26 and Friday, March 28. We are also accepting proposals for a 6-hour workshop on Wednesday, March 26 (3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon). If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a concurrent session, poster presentation, or lightning talk, please use the form specific to that type of presentation.

Workshops are meant to be more engaging than concurrent sessions and could include hands-on activities, small group discussions, panels, planning sessions, etc. Workshops should help get participants exploring or working on an issue so they leave the workshop feeling like they are more capable of moving a project forward.

Deadline: March 1, 2025

Posters will be displayed starting Thursday morning (March 27) at 8:00 a.m. through Friday at 2:00 p.m. (we encourage you to attend the Wednesday evening Welcome Reception and set your poster up Wednesday evening). A featured Poster Session will take place on Thursday from 4:30-5:30 in which poster presenters are required to attend and discuss their poster.

During the Thursday poster session, you and other poster presenters will have a chance to share and discuss your topic one-on-one with a statewide audience.

Poster submissions should address the Convention’s broad theme “The Power of Words: Working for Our Waters” if possible.

Guidelines for poster presenters:

  • Posters should be 3 feet high by 4 feet wide (they will be displayed on horizontal boards) and readable from a distance of at least one meter.
  • Posters should be set up no later than Thursday, March 27 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Presenters are required to attend to their posters during the Poster Session from 4:30-5:30 on Thursday, March 27.
  • Posters should be taken down on Friday, March 28 between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
  • Handout materials for attendees may be provided. Please bring something to contain your handout materials, such as a leaflet holder, pocket folder, etc.
  • You may submit your poster as a PDF if you would like it included on our Convention website.
  • We require all presenters to register for the Convention if you plan to attend more than just the poster session. If you need assistance, please see our scholarship information (coming soon).
  • Poster proposals will be reviewed and accepted on an ongoing basis until the deadline or until we reach capacity. Submit your proposal early to ensure inclusion in the program.

 

Please Note: The Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Convention does not endorse specific products or services. Therefore, posters presented by individuals representing corporations or projects conducted by corporations should avoid the use of trade or brand names and refer to the products or services by a generic descriptor.

Deadline: March 1, 2025

This information-packed session will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Thursday (March 27). We will move from one presenter right into the next with time for questions after everyone has presented. If you have been chosen to present a Lightning Talk, we encourage you to submit a poster as well; the poster session will take place immediately following the Lightning Talks.

Guidelines for Lightning Talk presenters:

  • Submit up to five slides by March 1, 2025
  • Be ready to present no later than 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 27
  • Keep your time under 5 minutes.
  • We require all presenters to register for the Convention. If you need assistance, please see our scholarship information (coming soon).
  • Lightning Talk proposals will be reviewed and accepted on an ongoing basis until the deadline or until we reach capacity. Submit your proposal early to ensure inclusion in the program.
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