Call for Abstracts

Timeline for Abstract Notification

The Abstract Submission has passed. 
Make sure to stay tuned for the Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts
(Poster Presentations) that will open in August. 

Late June: Science Program Committee finalizes abstract review and completes session scheduling.

On or about August 1: Authors are notified if abstract is accepted or rejected, format and session assignment.

5 September 2017: Presenters must confirm their participation and preregister for the conference.


The CERF 2017 Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for CERF 2017. The Federation is committed to bringing scientists and students from around the world together to exchange information and ideas about the science and management of coastal ecosystems. Our Federation conferences provide outstanding opportunities for professionals at all stages in their career for continuing education and development.

Please consider submitting an abstract that examines new findings within CERF’s traditional scientific, education and management disciplines and encourages interaction among coastal and estuarine scientists and managers.

Additionally, the Scientific Program Committee encourages abstracts that promote intellectually stimulating discussions of the Inflection Points in estuarine and coastal science including:

  • Successes in estuarine management and restoration
  • Urbanization in coastal and estuarine ecosystems
  • Understanding the context and impacts of aquaculture on estuarine ecosystem function
  • Insights from coupled natural-human systems research in estuaries
  • Science to support Ecosystem Based Management in estuaries and coasts
  • Estuarine and coastal habitats and landscapes - from community structure, dynamics and resilience to ecosystem function
  • Sustaining estuarine and coastal fisheries
  • Stormwater and agricultural BMPs - assessing their function and understanding their context in watersheds
  • Ecological theory to advance estuarine management
  • Innovations in engineering in and around estuaries
Session Information

Please visit the CERF 2017 Session Search to review descriptions of conference sessions and/or to begin an abstract submission. Be sure to watch your email for reminders to submit your abstract by the 1 May 2017 deadline.


Policies and Procedures for Submitting Abstracts

Abstract submission opens on 31 January 2017.
The abstract submission deadline is 1 May 2017 11:59 PM PST (04:59 GMT)


Electronic submission: Abstracts should be submitted online via the CERF 2017 conference website. All abstracts must be received by the closing date noted above. Any abstracts received after the deadline may not be eligible for inclusion in the conference program.

Each submitter will be prompted to select a first choice and second choice session for their submission. Please visit Session Search for session options.

Abstract Fee: All submissions, including invited abstracts, must be accompanied by the abstract fee of $70 USD for submission. This is payable via credit card and is required to complete your submission. Please note that abstract fees are non-refundable. Submission of an abstract and payment of the abstract fee does not guarantee acceptance into the scientific program and does not imply commitment to attend CERF 2017. Please refer to the conference presenter cancellation policy for more details.

Guidelines: Please review the following guidelines and tips before submitting your abstract. If the guidelines are not followed, your paper will not be accepted. 

  1. SESSION: Choose your first and second choice of sessions (see Session Search to search for sessions). 
  2. TITLE: There is a limit of 15 words for the title. The title should be entered in sentence case (i.e., only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized).
  3. PREFERRED PRESENTATION TYPE: Descriptions of each format are in the next section; Traditional Oral is a 15-minute slot, Ignite is a 5-minute slot, Posters remain visible for 2 days. Select one. 
    • Traditional Oral preferred, Ignite or Poster are acceptable
    • Ignite preferred, Traditional Oral or Poster are acceptable
    • Traditional Oral preferred, Poster is acceptable (no Ignite)
    • Ignite preferred, Poster is acceptable (no Traditional Oral)
    • Poster Only
  4. STUDENT AWARDS: If you are a student, you can choose whether to have your presentation judged for the Student Awards.
  5. RELEASE OF ABSTRACT: You must agree to the publication of your abstract in-conference related materials and on the website where it will be publicly available.
  6. AUTHOR INFORMATION: Please enter all authors in the order they should appear in the heading of the abstract. Please provide institutional affiliations and contact information. There is a limit of 12 authors per abstract.
  7. KEYWORDS: Select up to five keywords for your submission.
  8. ABSTRACT: All abstracts must be in English and metric units are preferred. There is a limit of 2,000 characters for the text of your abstract. The character count includes spaces.
  9. ABSTRACT FEE: Abstracts will not be accepted into the scientific program without payment. The CERF 2017 fee is $70 USD for online submission. Secure online payment through Stripe is available at the end of the submission process. Please note that abstract submission fees are non-refundable.

Scientific Program Formats

Since we expect more than 1,000 abstracts to be received, many thematic and other factors will be simultaneously optimized to create the best possible conference program. The Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to assign abstracts to either poster or oral sessions; assignment to an Ignite presentation will only occur if the applicant indicates their willingness on the abstract submission form. Oral sessions may be all traditional oral, all Ignite, or a mix of the two. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.

  1. Traditional Oral Presentations - Each oral presentation will be assigned a total of 15 minutes including a 12-minute talk plus a 3-minute discussion period.  Due to the number of sessions and presentations, this time cannot be extended. Given the number of abstracts submitted, some who request an oral presentation will be assigned a poster; please consider indicating that an Ignite talk is an option.

  2. Ignite Presentations - Ignites are a 5-minute fast-paced presentation requiring the presenter to focus on the essence of what they want to communicate. Slideshows are created with 20 slides and programmed to have the slides advance automatically every 15 seconds. (Need more time on a slide? Put the same slide in twice!). To keep pace with the timing of the traditional orals, two Ignites can occur in a 15-minute time block, with 2 minutes for questions following each Ignite. 

  3. Poster Presentations - Posters are an essential part of the scientific program. While most poster sessions will be closely linked to oral sessions, a limited number may be organized as a stand-alone session at the discretion of the session chair. Our goal is to provide high-quality poster sessions that are equal to oral sessions in their ability to provide exposure, participation, and feedback. Poster presentation times at the conference have been expanded in 2017.


Presenter Cancellation Policy
Please review the
CERF 2017 Presenter Cancellation Policy prior to submitting your abstract.

ONE abstract submission per person
Please note that the Federation has a one presentation per person policy. This means that each participant is permitted to be the lead author or presenter on only one poster, oral or Ignite presentation. You may be co-author on other presentations. This policy was adopted to ensure that Federation conference sessions contain contributions from as many people as possible.

Education Sessions
The conference limit of one first author oral or poster presentation per individual does not apply to the education sessions. The abstract fee will be waived for a second abstract submitted to these sessions. If you intend to submit a second abstract in the Education category, please enter your scientific-focused abstract first. You will then be given an opportunity to enter your complimentary education abstract.

Eligible Education sessions include: 

  • Artistic Pathways to Scientific Understanding
  • Lunchtime Ignite Session: Mentors as Inflection Points
  • The Mentorship Challenge
  • Casting the Net Widely 2.0: BI Practitioners Share Lessons Learned
  • NERRS and Sea Grant: Applications of place-based science and outreach
  • Research support shaping coastal science, now and for the future
  • Inflection Point in Coastal Science: Research access for underrepresented students           

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Conference Co-Chairs
Robinson W. (“Wally”) Fulweiler, Boston University,
Autumn Oczkowski, Environmental Protection Agency,

Scientific Program Co-Chairs
Jonathan Grabowski, Northeastern University,
Michael Piehler, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill,
Jamie Vaudrey, University of Connecticut,

Questions / Support
Technical questions or concerns about your submission should be directed to ConfEx at

Questions or concerns related to the scientific program should be directed to CERF at Your inquiries will be sent to the proper person for response.