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The University of Florida and Duke Energy partner to host

The 5th UF Water Institute Symposium
February 16 - 17, 2016
J. Wayne Reitz Union, University of Florida Campus
Gainesville, Florida


Trends, cycles and extreme events pose significant challenges to sustainable management of water resources. Rising sea levels cause more frequent coastal flooding and intrusion of salt water into municipal and agricultural water supplies. Inter-annual and multi-decadal climate cycles challenge our ability to disentangle impacts of variable precipitation and anthropogenic water use on aquatic ecosystems. Extreme floods and droughts, along with chronic nutrient loading, trigger harmful algal blooms in estuaries and inland waters. Such trends, cycles, and extreme events present complex physical and social challenges that require improved scientific understanding and innovative engineering and management solutions.


We encourage you to submit an abstract for the 5th UF Water Institute Symposium focused on understanding causes of trends, cycles and extreme events and their consequences for human, agricultural and natural systems. The symposium will bring together individuals from a variety of institutions, disciplines and perspectives.

Presentations are sought that focus on new research, education, policy and technology developments in the following interdisciplinary areas:

·        DRIVERS of and interactions among trends, cycles and extreme events

·        IMPACTS to coastal, surface water and aquifer systems

·       SOLUTIONS that integrate science, technology, policy and management


To review potential topics within each of these areas please see CALL FOR ABSTRACTS on the Symposium web site.


In addition to the topics above student poster abstracts can be submitted on any subject pertaining to water. Student poster authors are eligible to compete for "Best Poster" awards based on the quality of the abstract, poster and discussion. Three poster winners will receive prizes of $1,000 each to be used as funding to support future participation at a national conference. Poster presenter winners will be announced during the closing session of the Symposium.


Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and must be submitted electronically using the on-line submission form no later than October 12, 2015.  Authors will indicate their preferred topic area and format (oral/poster) but final decisions will be made by the program committee.  Authors will be notified by email regarding acceptance and format of their presentation in November, 2015.  Accepted abstracts will be published online.


There is no charge for submitting an abstract. Conference registration will open November 10, 2015. Conference registration fees are detailed below:


Conference Registration Fees




Registration Type

(11/10/15 - 01/19/16)

(01/20/16 - 01/31/16)

One Day Only



Regular (Both Days)



Student (Both Days)




Lisette M. Staal, Research Coordinator

UF Water Institute
570 Weil Hall, PO Box 116601

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-6601


Phone 352-392-5893 x 2114
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