CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

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



California Travel Ban Supplemental Awards

California Travel Ban

In mid-2016, the CERF Governing Board selected Mobile, Alabama, as the site of CERF 2019, and established contracts to secure the convention center for the conference. On January 1, 2017, a California law became effective prohibiting state-sponsored travel to states with laws that allow discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. In April 2017, Alabama passed House Bill 24 allowing private adoption agencies that do not receive federal funding to follow faith-based practices in child placement. Because HB 24 would permit such adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ+ parents, in June 2017 the state of Alabama was placed on the California travel ban list (AB 1887). CERF recognizes the impact this may have on LGBTQ+ attendees and allies, as well as on members and attendees based in California.

Increasing access to CERF 2019 for attendees subject to the California travel ban

CERF has committed additional travel funds for students and early-career professionals who are subject to the ban but still seek to attend CERF 2019 for specific professional needs. CERF respects and recognizes the reasons behind the California travel ban, yet also wants to provide support to students and early-career members who need and value this opportunity to present their work.

In addition, CERF will live-stream the keynote and plenary sessions to provide access to key conference content for those unable to attend.

Learn more about CERF's Safe and Welcoming Plan

Applying for supplemental funds

Affected student and early-career members are eligible for both the standard student travel awards as well as supplemental funds. You may apply for these supplemental travel funds when you complete the registration form: as part of the “Student/Early Career Travel Awards” registration page, you may indicate that you are attending a California institution and may be affected by California’s ban on state-funding and state-sponsored travel to Alabama (AB 1887). If your attendance is contingent on receiving supplemental funds, select the “invoice me” option and pay only if supplemental funds are received.


Bringing Mardi Gras to CERF

woman covered in beads and feathers celebrates by walking the mardi gras parade band marches in the mardi gras parade playing music

Did you know Mobile, Alabama is the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the US? As the original capital of French Louisiana, Mobile celebrated Mardi Gras 15 years before New Orleans was founded, and 300 years later, the celebration continues! So in honor of our conference city, we are bringing Mardi Gras to CERF!

On Sunday, 3 November, we'll kick off our opening social with a Second Line Procession, a traditional people's parade with a fascinating multicultural history. As tradition holds, our parade will be led by a local brass band, The Mobile Second Line Society, followed by our CERF attendees! We are looking for CERF’s best foot marchers to join us as we parade through the halls of the Mobile Convention Center! 

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Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor

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Booth space for CERF 2019 is SOLD OUT. For Sponsorship opportunities, please call the CERF office at 206-209-5262.

The CERF Biennial Conference attracts a highly educated crowd. These attendees are often recognized as community leaders and have significant influence and purchasing power in a variety of niche markets.

Last year, more than 1,700 attendees came from every state in the U.S. and from 30 countries, bringing a wide range of experience, expertise, and backgrounds to the conference. Your sponsorship message will reach this active and engaged audience, as well as those ranging from students and researches to federal and state agents! 

We hope you will take a moment to consider sponsoring this exciting educational event alongside other prominent companies.

Before you sign up, please take a moment to explore the prospectus and learn about your sponsorship and exhibitor options and opportunities.


Hotel Room Reservations

Due to the high volume of attendees we receive each conference, you may book your room at any of four hotels located near the Mobile Convention Center. Prices vary depending on the hotel, but by staying within the CERF 2019 room block, you'll already be saving significantly! 

See the Hotel Options

CERF 2019 Registration FAQ

Do I have to be a CERF member to register/attend?

No, you don't have to be a member; however, CERF members receive a discounted registration rate which more than covers the cost of membership. Plus you get a full year of CERF membership benefits! You can join or renew your membership at the same time as your registration all in one form.

What's Included in Registration?

Conference registration includes access to all scientific programs, including:

  • Keynote address
  • Plenary sessions
  • Concurrent oral sessions
  • Poster sessions
  • President's Opening Reception
  • Happy Hours
  • Closing Night Party
  • Daily coffee and snack breaks
  • Heavy appetizers served at the Opening Reception
  • Other conference activities that do not require separate tickets
  • Students and early career professionals have access to the Student and Early Career Networking Dinner

Can I register multiple attendees at one time?

No. All members have personal user IDs and passwords so they must log in and register separately to get the member rate, and non-members are also identified by individual emails and must register separately. If you have information to register for multiple people, please make sure to log out and log back in as another user after each registration, otherwise you will overwrite the prior registration.

Can I pay for my main registration fee separately from the cost to attend field trips and/or the social event?

Yes! If your institution or agency will only cover part of your conference registration fee, you can provide two separate payment methods. Here's how:

  1. Sign up for all of your preferred events during registration.
  2. Select to pay by invoice at the end of your registration. You will receive an itemized invoice listing all fees.
  3. Multiple checks can be mailed to pay one invoice or multiple credit card payments can be accepted by contacting the CERF office at (206) 209-5262 between the hours of 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM PT.

Can I bring a guest to the evening receptions (Opening Reception, Poster Session/Happy Hours, Closing Night Party, Field Trips, etc.)

Yes, attendees may purchase guest tickets for the evening receptions and field trips.

My company cannot pay for my registration until next quarter/fiscal year. Can I register now to ensure my space and pay later?

If you cannot pay for your registration now, you can select, "Invoice Me" on the payment page. Our registration system will send you auto reminders about your open invoice. All payments must be received by 11 October.

When does registration close?

Registration closes on Friday, 11 October, 2019. After that date, you must register and pay onsite in Mobile. CERF will charge a $25 onsite processing fee.

I need to obtain a travel visa. How can I receive an official letter of invitation?

To request an Official Letter of Invitation, please email your full name, address, institution/affiliate name and email address to [email protected]. If you are making 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.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to CERF. A $75 processing fee will be charged for all cancellations received by 11 October 2019. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after 11 October, 2019. Substitute attendees will be permitted and must be submitted in writing to CERF. No refunds can be made by CERF for lodging, airfare, abstract submission, or any other expenses related to attending the conference.

Whom can I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact the us via email at [email protected], or call (206) 209-5262 if you have additional questions.

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