CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

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



Educating Everyone At CERF 2019

There will be four dedicated education/outreach sessions at CERF 2019. In addition, for the first time, we will provide a dedicated space for attendees to share their best-practices, great ideas, lesson plans, etc. with all meeting attendees.

This should be especially appealing for folks who might have conflicts with the sessions. We hope everyone will share materials and, to that end, we will have poster boards and tables for materials/links/flyers.

You can drop off your materials whenever is convenient and visit often to see everyone else’s great ideas! The potential for new collaborations is huge. Look for the banner at the conference: Educating Everyone at CERF!


Family Friendliness at CERF 2019

CERF 2019 has been working hard to improve on our past success in being a family-friendly conference, making the conference easier to navigate for nursing mothers and others with growing children. Here are a few examples of the plans to assist this group of attendees. 

  • We will have a special room set up for pumping breast milk with amenities that only a pumping mother can truly appreciate, like a fridge with divided storage, and important supplies.
  • The Family Friendliness Committee has identified a local Mom's Day Out facility -Sunshine Sue's Playgarden - that offers drop-in care. The facility is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, cost is $50/child and the facility is located 6 miles from the Convention Center. They accept children 8 months - 6 years old. Please mention you are a member of CERF when making your reservation. We strongly suggest you contact them ahead of time to ensure there is space available. Advanced, pre-paid reservations are required.

    You can also check with your hotel concierge for other childcare suggestions.

  • We are working on discounts for some of Mobile’s area attractions, suggestions of kid-friendly restaurants near the conference, and a map with nearby parks so you can get out and burn off that conference energy.
  • Please note: Children are welcome at conference sessions/workshops, in the exhibit hall, poster sessions, and receptions (Sunday through Thursday evenings) provided they are accompanied at all times by registered adult attendees. Please keep in mind that alcohol will be served at evening events. Parents are asked to show consideration to the presenters and other attendees by being proactive to avoid disruptions of the scientific program.  

If you have any questions or suggestions to improve your experience as a parent at CERF, please contact Dottie Byron ([email protected]).

* CERF has undertaken reasonable efforts to provide references to an appropriate childcare resource; however, parents should conduct proper due diligence in choosing a service for their children. CERF is providing this reference without endorsement, representation or warranty of any kind. Parents shall assume all responsibility for their research and selection of childcare facilities for their children. In no event shall CERF, or its directors, officers, or employees, be held liable for any losses, injury, damages, or any other consequences resulting from, or arising in connection with the use of, or reliance on, these childcare resources.


Ambassador Program

“Ambassador” is defined as a representative or envoy with the duty to represent the organization and to provide excellent customer service, thus creating an exceptional experience to all guests. The CERF Ambassador Program will do just that - ensure all members and attendees at CERF have a great meeting experience.

Whether this meeting is your first or fifteenth CERF conference, there are times when attendees feel alone and/or unsure (e.g there is the person whose papers you have already read and admired, but you are hesitant to just walk up and introduce yourself). Or you are just ending one appointment and want to ask someone who has similar interests how they found the next great job.

The CERF Ambassador Program is meant to make these moments easier - with the goal to increase engagement among members and conference attendees, selected CERF members at all career stages will be available throughout the conference to chat informally. We expect CERF Ambassadors to play an active role in meeting First Time Attendees as well as early career and student attendees.

Ambassadors will help make the conference a place of mutual respect where the focus is on learning and collaboration. 


To build on CERF’s broadening participation vision, the Ambassador Program aims to help build a diverse and inclusive community of coastal and estuarine scientists, which in turn strengthens our scientific membership.

 Responsibilities of Ambassadors

  1. Participate in CERFing for Lunch at least one day (CERFing for lunch will run every day as it is expected that different days will work for different groups of attendees.)
  2. Go to at least three first-time attendee and student posters
  3. Join ambassadors in social media campaigns (e.g. poster session flash mob, selfies).
  4. Be a welcoming, friendly face of CERF and grow our community!

Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) 2019 Conference Mentoring Program


CERF’s Rising TIDES initiative promotes opportunities for all underrepresented minorities while cultivating a culture that actively engages and leverages diversity of all types. The Rising TIDES Conference Program will jointly support underrepresented minority (URM) students and mentors to participate in CERF 2019 – 25th Biennial Conference in Mobile, Alabama, 3–7 November 2019. Through joint support of both students and mentors, this program aims to enhance career development of URM students, ensure that students participating in the program will have sustained mentorship following the conference, help develop a community of practice for CERF members who are engaged in building diversity and inclusion within their own organizations and across institutions, and involve those who are already mentors of URM students in helping to transform CERF into a broadly inclusive society.


International Travel to the United States

To Request an Official Letter of Invitation

Once you have completed your conference registration form, please email your full name, address, institution/affiliate name and email address to [email protected]. Once processed, a signed letter will be emailed to you. If you need an original sent to you via post, please indicate so in your email request. 

If you've submitted an abstract or plan to make an oral or poster presentation, you will need to include the title and presentation date/time for your abstract. Presenters are yet to be decided, and will be announced around August. If you'd like to present, please make sure to submit an abstract for our committees to review. 

CERF continues to recognize and support that scientific progress and research is dependent upon the free exchange of ideas among international networks of diverse scientists, professors, researchers, and students.

Changes in U.S. immigration and travel policies have rightfully concerned many international scientists and we respect the concerns of those who may be apprehensive about traveling to the United States due to the travel restrictions.

  • To request an Official Letter of Invitation, please email your full name, mailing address, institution/affiliate name and email address to [email protected]. If you are making the request after you’ve been accepted to give an oral or poster presentation, please include the title and presentation date/time for your abstract. Once processed, a signed letter will be emailed to you. If you need an original sent to you via post, please indicate so in your email request.
  • International travelers are strongly encouraged to register for CERF 2019 as soon as possible. This will ensure space, materials, refreshments and other conference amenities are held for you.
  • CERF recognizes that extenuating circumstances, including failure to obtain a U.S. travel visa, may hinder conference attendance. In those situations, with the submission of appropriate documentation, CERF will refund prepaid registration fees.
  • CERF is making efforts to create virtual participation opportunities for CERF members who are unable to travel to the conference. These details are being worked out and will be shared once finalized.
  • Please notify CERF ([email protected]) if you are unable to obtain a visa for travel to the conference, or for other visa-related issues. CERF will track this information to help us understand the impact of visa-related issues on conference attendance. We also encourage you to report issues via this questionnaire.
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