Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting 2018
Call for Special Session Proposals
Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) Annual Meeting Committee 
invites proposals for special sessions at the 2018 meeting in Detroit, 
Michigan (May 20-24). The 2018 meeting theme is "Navigating boundaries 
in freshwater science". Freshwater scientists must bridge boundaries in 
nature (e.g., land-water, groundwater-surface water, lake-stream, 
freshwater-marine), connect disciplines (e.g., earth-life-social 
sciences) and cross cultural divides to advance basic understanding, 
open new lines of investigation, and address pressing problems. 
Moreover, solutions to environmental challenges require improved 
translation of science and a richer, reciprocal linkage across 
boundaries between science and society. 

By proposing a special session, you are expected to serve as session 
organizer, identify session moderators, and invite speakers and inform 
them of key dates for abstract submission and other program deadlines. 
The session organizer should consider opening or closing the session 
with an overview/summary presentation, or inviting a speaker to do so. 
Special sessions should avoid overlap with regular sessions; they may 
represent areas of research that are of growing interest to SFS 
membership or that relate to the meeting theme. Note that sessions 
covering similar topics may be combined. 

Proposals should include a title, brief description of the session (<250 
words), list of five keywords, and a list of at least five potential 
speakers* with presentation topics/tentative titles. Commitments from 
speakers are not necessary at the time of proposal submission, but 
please indicate whether the speakers have been invited and if they have 
been tentatively confirmed. Proposals must be submitted to by October 16, 2017. 

*We ask that session organizers strive to build sessions that include a 
diversity of speakers by considering career stage, gender, race, 
ethnicity, geography, and other types of diversity when inviting 
speakers. SFS is dedicated to promoting diversity among its members and 
welcomes and encourages participation from all, regardless of ethnicity, 
sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, physical or 
mental difference, religion, age, or national origin. All special 
sessions are open to contributed presentations in addition to those 
invited by organizers; we expect that special sessions will include a 
mix of invited and self-nominated participants. 

Please help us make this an innovative and productive scientific program 
by submitting a proposal for a special session. Feel free to contact 
Laura Craig ( or Jeff Wesner 
( with questions about hosting a special session. 
Proposals for special sessions will be reviewed by the Annual Meeting 
Program Committee; the committee may ask for changes and resubmission of 
proposals, if appropriate. Results of the review will be sent to chairs 
of proposed sessions by November 5, 2017. Accepted proposals will appear 
on the meeting website.

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