Program Information

Program Information

The 2020 National Coastal & Estuarine Virtual Summit leverages the best of Plenaries and Concurrent Sessions, while offering additional on-demand presentations, e-posters for viewing, and virtual booths to all Summit registrants both during and after the Summit. No longer will participants have to choose between sessions – they will have access to all presentations and posters in the on-demand format.

Additionally, we are pleased to include Virtual Round Table Sessions (VRT) during the Summit, adding a dynamic, small group opportunity for Summit attendees.

Plenary and Keynote Addresses will take place each day during the Summit and will feature speakers from Congress, NOAA, and many other organizations, agencies, and Non-Profits engaged in restoring and protecting our estuaries and shorelines. 

Concurrent Sessions are part of the scheduled Virtual Agenda taking place September 29 – October 1, 2020. 

Virtual Round Tables (VRT) Sessions are available as part of the scheduled Virtual agenda and will allow Summit attendees to create and participate in a dynamic, small group discussions on a particular topic of interest. VRT’s will also allow for an informal networking opportunity with experts and colleagues in a smaller interactive group setting. 

On-Demand Sessions include additional Dedicated, Individual, and Poster presentations. These presentations are in addition to the concurrent sessions and are available for viewing any time, on-demand for up to 9 months after the Summit ends.  

Poster Presentations will be displayed throughout the Summit and will be available on-demand following the event. 

10:30 am-10:50 am

Orientation: How to get the most out of the Summit

11:00 am-12:15 pm

Opening Plenary – John Brown, Narragansett Indian Tribe; Senators Whitehouse and Reed

12:15 pm-12:30 pm

Networking Chat Opportunity or Break

12:30 pm-1:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions 1 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

1:45 pm-2:30 pm

Virtual Round Table DiscussionsParticipant-driven, dynamic, small group discussions on areas of interest, allowing for an informal networking opportunity as well.

2:30 pm-3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions 2 – Enjoy one of four sessions during the Virtual Agenda

3:45 pm-4:00 pm

Networking Chat Opportunity or Break

4:00 pm-5:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions 3 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

5:15 pm-6:00 pm

Estuary Trivia – Win prizes. Meet your Peers. Test your knowledge of estuaries and coasts. 
Organized by Save The Sound

10:30 am-10:50 am

Energizer: Eric Lutes Celebrating the Narragansett through Art

11:00 am-1:00 pm

Virtual Expo Hall

1:00 pm-1:10 pm

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation

1:15 pm- 2:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions 4 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

2:30 pm-2:45 pm

Networking Chat Opportunity or Break

2:45 pm-4:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions 5 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

4:00 pm-4:15 pm

Networking Chat Opportunity or Break

4:15 pm-5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions 6 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

5:30 pm-6:45 pm

50 Years of Ocean and Coastal Science, Conservation and Management: Celebrating the 50th Anniversaries of NOAA, EPA and CSO & the 25th anniversary of RAE

10:30 am-10:45 am

Energizer: Chef Al Forno – Learn to Cook RI Favorites

10:45 am-12:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions 7 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

12:00 pm-12:15 pm

Networking Chat Opportunity or Break

12:15 pm-1:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions 8 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

1:30 pm-2:15 pm

Virtual Round Table DiscussionsParticipant-driven, dynamic, small group discussions on areas of interest, allowing for an informal networking opportunity as well.

2:15 pm-3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions 9 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

3:30 pm-3:45 pm

Networking Chat Opportunity or Break

3:45 pm-5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions 10 – Enjoy one of four sessions and then all the others on demand!

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Closing Plenary: How to Work with Congress featuring members of the Estuary Caucus & Hill Staff

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The Summit program emphasizes lessons learned and best practices in every aspect of coastal and estuarine restoration and management. Focus areas for the Summit represent priorities set by the Program Committee, RAE, and CSO and reflect current challenges and opportunities facing the estuarine community. Focus areas for the 2020 Summit include:

The Summit program emphasizes lessons learned and best practices in every aspect of coastal and estuarine restoration and management. Focus areas for the Summit represent priorities set by the Program Committee, RAE, and CSO and reflect current challenges and opportunities facing the estuarine community. Focus areas for the 2020 Summit include:

  • Coastal ecological restoration
  • Coastal management
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Disaster planning, response, recovery, and resilience
  • Nature-based shoreline management approaches including living shorelines
  • Coastal water resources
  • Education
  • Economy, finance, and investment
  • Science and technology
  • Planning, policy, and administration
  • Large-scale management and restoration