CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

See below for the most recent updates for our 25th Biennial Conference:



CERF 2019 Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: 1 May, 2019

The CERF 2019 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for CERF 2019. 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. Abstracts related to our conference theme of "Responsive | Relevant | Ready" are greatly encouraged.

Download a PDF of the Call for Abstracts
Submit an Abstract for CERF 2019

CERF 2019 Student/Early Career Travel Award

Thinking about attending CERF 2019? Need assistance with travel? Apply for a Student/Early Career Travel Award!

CERF provides travel grants to support student and early career members attending and presenting at CERF 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. Students and early career professionals in need of financial assistance to attend the 2019 conference may request travel support from CERF's William E. Odum/Scott Nixon Memorial Fund for Student Activities. Awards typically range from $150 to $300 per person. Student/Early Career Travel Awards are strictly to offset CERF 2019 expenses such as travel, accommodations, and meals. Students can use this award as leverage to gain additional support from their academic department or employer.

To apply for Student/Early Career Travel Awards, simply check “Yes” under the question, “Do you want to apply for a Student/Early Career Travel Award?” during registration, and include the contact information of your academic advisor (if applicable). If you have already registered, did not indicate interest, and would still like to apply, please email [email protected].

Student members are also eligible to apply for the Student Volunteer Worker program which provides $180 towards registration fees in exchange for volunteer help at the conference. Applicants may apply for both a Travel Award and the Student Volunteer Worker program, but we anticipate that students will receive support from only one source. Please note that Early Career members are not eligible for the Student Volunteer Worker program. Due to generous donations from our community, CERF anticipates being able to support the majority of Student members who apply for both Travel Awards and the Student Volunteer Worker program for the CERF 2019 Conference.

Please contact Ashley Bulseco-McKim and Helen Cheng at [email protected] with questions!

CERF Affiliate Societies (ACCESS, AERS, CAERS, GERS, NEERS, PERS, and SEERS) may also award conference travel money to students or early career members.

Eligibility and Application

To qualify for a Student/Early Career Travel Award, an applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • For student applicants: Be enrolled at a university or college for the 2019 spring, summer, or fall semester
  • For early-career applicants: Have graduated in a related science degree program any time after November 2014 AND willing to serve as a judge for student presentation awards.
  • Be a CERF member in good standing when you apply.
  • Be registered for and attend at the CERF 2019 conference to pick up your check.
  • Agree to fill out a conference evaluation form, including your observations and recommendations about student-related activities for future CERF conferences.

Applicants are highly encouraged—but not required—to submit an abstract to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Students or early career members presenting at the conference will be given priority. We will also prioritize students or early career members who have not received CERF travel awards in the past, but we encourage ALL eligible students or early career members to apply!


Student and Early Career Networking Event

Monday, 4 November  |  7:00 – 9:00 PM
Renaissance River View Hotel

Students, early career individuals, and panelists from a range a career disciplines who would like to participate in the Career Networking Event, please Indicate your interest when registering for CERF 2019. If you register and do not sign up for the event, please send your name, institution, and career level to [email protected].

Learn More about the Student Networking Event

CERF 2019 Field Trips

Get to Know the City of Mobile

At CERF 2019, attendees will be able to choose from seven exciting field trips, each offering a chance to experience the culture, history, and incredible natural resources found in Mobile, Alabama, and nearby communities on the Gulf of Mexico coast.

All field trips will take place on Sunday, 3 November. See below for times and pricing details.

View Field Trip Options

CERF 2019 Film Festival

CERF is pleased to announce that this year's meeting will include a film festival. Any member can submit a short video, and we encourage everyone to come to the film festival screening event during the November meeting in Mobile. Films should be six minutes or less and align with one of four categories: Research, Places, People, and Coastal Connections. Coastal Connections is a broad category that includes films addressing social or other topics highlighting a connection to the coast. One filmmaker from each category will win the prestigious CERF Film Festival Best in Category Award. This is a great opportunity to showcase your research or coastal system in a creative way. Now is the time to start planning and filming! Films can be submitted via www.wetransfer.com to Jace Tunnell ([email protected]) by 1 September, 2019. Feel free to email film festival co-chairs, Jace or Cassie Gurbisz ([email protected]) with questions.

Submit a Film

Please submit your film by 1 September, 2019


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