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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program

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2011 State of the Sounds Symposium: Charting a New Course

CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Closed)

November 17, 2011

New Bern Convention Center

Hosted by: Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program and North Carolina Sea Grant

This fall, the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) will host the 2011 “State of the Sounds” Symposium in New Bern, North Carolina. At the symposium, APNEP will unveil both its new ecosystem-based Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) and its most recent ecosystem assessment report. This symposium provides an opportunity for scientists, managers, and other regional stakeholders to discuss current scientific developments, management initiatives, engagement efforts, and other social and ecological issues relating to the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System.

APNEP partners are invited to submit presentation or poster proposals that address current and future needs in one of five different theme areas. These five themes correspond to the five overarching management categories identified in APNEP’s new CCMP:

Identify: The Albemarle-Pamlico region has been the focus of a great deal of scientific study. However, additional research is necessary to fill critical gaps in the body of knowledge available to scientists and environmental managers. Presenters in this track will share the latest applied research and new scientific insights that facilitate effective management of the estuarine system.

Restore: Efforts to restore the ecosystem components, including rivers, shorelines, and sounds of our estuarine system, are ongoing. Presenters in this track will share their insights, future plans, and discussions of recent work regarding environmental restoration.

Protect: Preservation and conservation of targeted ecosystem components, including water quality, habitats and species, are critical for successful environmental planning. Presenters in this track will discuss efforts to protect important pieces of the region’s natural heritage.

Engage: Human activity is intertwined with the natural world, and the success of stewardship efforts depends heavily on the knowledge and actions of the region’s residents. Presenters in this track will discuss strategies and priorities for creating planning tools as well as outreach, education, and communication efforts.

Monitor: Monitoring of both natural and human systems is required to ensure accountability in environmental management. Presenters in this track will discuss efforts related to the monitoring of environmental quality and of management action implementation.

INSTRUCTIONS

To Submit a Proposal: Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/stateofthesounds-cfp to complete the online proposal form. You will be required to provide full contact and biographical information for all presenters. If your presentation is selected, you will be required to register separately for the Symposium; registration information will be sent out October 3. The deadline to submit completed proposals for all sessions and posters is September 26, 2011. Please mark your calendar!

Presentation Format: Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes after each session dedicated to dialogue between presenters and attendees. Presentations are allowed one presenter and one co-presenter. All rooms will be set up classroom style with a PC laptop and projector and access to wireless internet. Presenters who wish to use their own Mac laptop will need to provide their own adaptors. Presenters will be expected to submit their presentation electronically to APNEP at least one week before the Symposium. It is recommended that presenters also bring a back-up copy on a flash drive.

Poster Setup and Display: Posters will be displayed during the symposium from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Poster set up will occur on Thursday, November 17 between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. To the degree possible, posters will be arranged by topic or theme. If you would like your poster displayed with others – either your own or by a different presenter – please indicate this in your proposal.

Timeline and Due Dates

September 26: Proposals for presentations and posters due
September 30: Presenters notified of selection status
October 3: Symposium registration opens
November 9: Electronic copy of presentation due to APNEP
November 17, 2011: State of the Sounds Symposium: Charting A New Course
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