2024 Call for Proposals

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Restore America’s Estuaries is excited to open the calls for proposals for the 2024 Coastal and Estuarine Summit HERE.

Calls for proposal submission site will be open from February 1 – March 15th. Please click HERE for a more detailed description of the process and the focus areas.

This biannual event is an opportunity for the coastal restoration and management community to come together to explore and exchange ideas. Calls for proposals should relate to the following focus areas:

Focus Area 1: The Chesapeake Bay Focus Area 7: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility
Focus Area 2: Economy, Finance, and Investment Focus Area 8: Communication, Marketing, and Education
Focus Area 3: Applied Science and Technology Focus Area 9: Water Resources
Focus Area 4: Planning, Policy, and Issue Advocacy Focus Area 10: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery
Focus Area 5: Coastal Restoration and Resilience Focus Area 11: Large-Scale Management and Restoration
Focus Area 6: Coastal Management Focus Area 12: Other

Restore America’s Estuaries and the Chesapeake Foundation look forward to hosting an enlightening conference for all who attend. The 2024 Summit will be a collective body of work, addressing topics that embody the protection and restoration of estuaries, the Great Lakes, and international locales.  

Proposals should fit into one of these types:

Dedicated Session – Session chairs should propose 5 presenters in a 90-minute session. Dedicated sessions must include multiple viewpoints, diverse organizations and inclusive representation of stakeholders. Submissions must be made by the session chair and must identify proposed presenters. Session chairs may propose themselves as one of the presenters, although the preference is for five presenters in addition to the chair.

Alternative Format Session – We encourage dynamic, creative, and interactive 90-minute events in other formats. Examples include but are not limited to: “lightning” rounds with more than 5 presenters; panel discussions, debate or “poetry slam” style interactions; crowdsource solutions; fail fests; workshops; artistic or cultural presentations; or semi-permanent art installations.

Single Presentation – Propose one 15-minute presentation within one of the Summit focus areas. The Program Committee will organize selected presentations into cohesive 90-minute concurrent sessions and assign session moderators. If you would like to propose more than one presentation, you must submit each proposal separately.

Poster – Posters will be displayed throughout the Summit, with dedicated time for poster presenters to interact with participants. To the degree possible, posters will be displayed by the focus area. If you would like to submit more than one poster, you must submit each proposal separately. Please note that only one poster per presenter will be accepted. In all formats, we encourage participation from underrepresented perspectives, early career professionals, and student proposals.