Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) and National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR)
2018 Annual Water Resources Conference
June 26-28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


The Conference Planning Committee invites you to propose a Special Session for the conference. A special session organizers’ role is to propose a relevant and timely topic, recruit speakers to submit abstracts to the session, and moderate the session during the June 2018 Conference. Special sessions can be in the form of a panel discussion, a group of 4 or more oral presentations on a specific topic, or a group of lightning (5 minute) talks followed by group discussion. Multiple session track proposals are welcome. Those interested in organizing and hosting a special session should provide
the following information:

• Title of proposed special session
• A brief description (less than 350 words) stating the importance of the topic and the rationale for the proposed session
• Organizer(s), including contact information
• Type of proposed session(s): panel discussion, full length talks (20 min), or lightning talks (5 min) followed by discussion
• A draft list of presenters (to submit abstracts via the general call for abstracts) and their tentative titles.

The above information should be submitted directly to the Conference Chair, Kevin McGuire (kevin.mcguire@vt.edu), and Technical Program Chair, Bryan Swistock (brs@psu.edu), no later than September 22, 2017.

Proposals for Special Sessions will be evaluated by the Conference Planning Committee based on the timeliness and relevance of the topic, and the degree to which the topic will bring together key researchers, educators, and practitioners to disseminate recent advances to the water resources community.
Abstracts submitted for an accepted Special Session will be subject to the same submittal and review process as all other abstracts. Proposed special sessions with less than 4 presenters may be filled with talks from the general call for abstracts. However, we encourage special session organizers to propose complete sessions, divisible by units of 4.

Important Dates
Proposal for special sessions due: September 22, 2017
Notification of special session acceptance: October 6, 2017
General call for abstracts issued: October 2017
Abstracts due: January 22, 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance: Late February 2018
General questions about the 2018 UCOWR/NIWR Conference can be directed to Karl Williard (williard@siu.edu), Executive Director of UCOWR, or Staci Eakins (ucowr@siu.edu), Administrative Assistant, UCOWR.
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