Special Oral Sessions

The special session presentations should be well integrated and representative of the current body of research on the topic. The Program Co-Chairs may also work with the Special Session Organizer (the person submitting the proposal) to develop the final configuration, including the possible addition of related talks from the pool of general submissions. Sessions will be scheduled as two morning and two afternoon blocks with five 20-minute talks in each block, and may include a panel discussion in place of one or more talks. Proposals including discussion panels should include the length of the discussion period (must be in 20-minute intervals). The length of the proposed special session can range from ¼ of a day to a full day (1-4 session blocks). In case a special session proposal cannot be accepted, submitted abstracts will be considered for inclusion in other conference sessions.

Presentations on “management-relevant science” related to the session topic are encouraged, but not required. Examples of topics from past Bay-Delta Science Conferences include: Pelagic Organism Decline; The Natural Delta; Suisun Marsh; Cache Slough Complex; South Bay Salt Pond Restoration; Bay-Delta Phytoplankton Trends and Drivers; Microcystis; Carbon Sequestration and Gas Fluxes in the Bay Delta; Multi-dimensional Modeling of the Bay-Delta; Addressing Climate Change in Delta Planning and Management; Sediment Transport Modeling and Observation in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; and Technical Approaches to Suggest Delta Flow Standards.

Special oral session proposals are to be submitted using a separate form available on the conference website and require a session title, the name of the session chair(s), a short (<200 words) description of the session topics (including relevance to Bay-Delta management) and a list of proposed presentation titles and authors. Each presentation proposed in the special oral session must have its own submitted abstract by the abstract deadline.  Both submissions are required for special oral session proposals.

The following items must be submitted for a Special Oral Session:

  • Special Oral Session Proposal Form: The Special Session Chair/Organizer must submit a special oral session proposal form. Proposals require a session title, the name of the session chair(s), a short (<200 words) description of the session topics (including relevance to Bay-Delta management) and a list of proposed presentation titles and authors.
    Special Oral Session Proposal Form: You will need to create an account.  If you have submitted an abstract for a previous Bay-Delta Science Conference or State of the Estuary Conference, you might already have an account set up.
    Submission Deadline is June 11, 2014.
     
  • Individual Oral Abstract Forms: Each proposed presentation in the session, must have an abstract submitted through the regular abstract submission process, (the applicant should indicate that this is a special session submission on the abstract submittal form).
    Abstract Submission Site:  You will need to create an account.  If you have submitted an abstract for a previous Bay-Delta Science Conference or State of the Estuary Conference, you might already have an account set up.
    Submission Deadline is June 11, 2014.

Questions about the technical program or the abstract submittal process should be directed to the Program Co-Chairs, Steven Culberson (steven_culberson@fws.gov) and Louise Conrad (jlconrad@water.ca.gov).