Bays & Bayous Symposium
The 2020 Bays and Bayous Symposium will be held in an online format Dec. 1-3 and will not take place at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, as initially planned. The theme for the 2020 event is "Sound Science, Sound Policy: A 2020 Vision for the Future." Bays and Bayous will begin at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and end at noon on Thursday, Dec. 3.
The symposium will focus on (but is not limited to) coastal science research, education and outreach in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Scientists from universities, NGOs and government agencies will share their research findings at the event, and leaders from coastal municipalities will showcase their resilience and conservation efforts. Educators and extension professionals also will present their research and successful outreach efforts.
The Bays and Bayous Symposium Program Committee is forming, and its members will guide the content of the symposium. Popular topics at past events have included oil spill impacts, habitat management and restoration, climate and hazard resilience, living resources and water quality and supply.
The call for abstracts is currently open, and tracks include disasters and disruptions, healthy coastal ecosystems, living marine resources, resilient communities and economies, and water quality and quantity.
Oral presentations will be submitted as 12-minute pre-recorded talks.
The typical poster presentations will be replaced with pre-recorded three-minute, three-slide lightning talks. More presentation details will be released after abstracts are accepted.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is Monday, Sept. 7.
Typically, the symposium includes 150-200 poster and oral presentations, and the event is known as a networking opportunity for the 350-450 coastal science professionals and students who attend. The symposium also includes special awards for top student presenters.
The event is organized by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, and many partners.
You can find updates and additional information, including sponsorship information, on the event website at baysandbayous.org.
Bays & Bayous 2018
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The 2018 Alabama-Mississippi Bays & Bayous Symposium was held at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 29. The theme of the symposium was "Navigating Waves of Change."
The coastal symposium focuses on (but is not limited to) coastal science research, education, and outreach in the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is a great place for scientists from universities, NGOs and government to share their research findings. Coastal municipalities can also showcase their resilience and conservation efforts. Educators and extension professionals can share research and successful outreach efforts.
The two-day symposium included several sessions of 20-minute oral presentations (with time for questions and answers), poster presentations, vendors, keynote speakers, lunches and a poster reception.
Historically, each symposium has drawn scientists, students, businesses, educators, non-governmental organizations and concerned citizens. It is held every two years, alternating locations between Mobile, Alabama, and Biloxi, Mississippi.