Late-Breaking Call for Poster Abstracts for CERF 2021

Late-Breaking Call for Poster Abstracts: 9-25 August 2021

Presenter Confirmation/Registration Deadline: 10 September 2021

The abstract submission deadline was 25 August 2021 at 11:59 PM PT (26 August 2021 6:59 AM GMT).
Thank you for submitting your Late-Breaking Poster Abstracts!


The CERF 2021 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation for CERF 2021 during our “late-breaking” poster submission period from 9-25 August 2021. The Federation is committed to bringing scientists and students from around the world together to exchange information and ideas about the science and management of coastal ecosystems. Our Federation conferences provide outstanding opportunities for professionals at all stages in their careers for continuing education and development.

Please consider submitting an abstract that examines new findings within CERF’s traditional scientific, education, and management disciplines and encourages interaction among coastal and estuarine scientists and environmental management professionals.

Posters are an essential part of the scientific program. While most poster sessions will be closely linked to oral sessions, a limited number may be organized as a stand-alone session at the discretion of the organizing committee. Our goal is to provide high-quality poster sessions that are equal to oral sessions in their ability to provide exposure, participation, and feedback.

The SPC also encourages abstracts that promote intellectually stimulating discussions related to our theme,   

  • The past 50 years of CERF science and successes in translating that science into effective management, education, and outreach;

  • Looking ahead to the next 50 years of coastal science and management, identifying the grand challenges we face in the coming decades, and looking for solutions to address them.

Policies and Procedures for Submitting Abstracts to CERF 2021

Abstract Submission opens on 9 August 2021. The abstract submission deadline was 25 August 2021 at 11:59 PM PT (26 August 2021 6:59 AM GMT).

The abstract submittal portal can be accessed here (portal no longer active). All abstracts must be received by the closing date noted above. Any abstracts received after the deadline may not be eligible for inclusion in the conference program.

Each submitter will be prompted to select a first choice and second choice session for their submission.


Please review the following guidelines and tips before submitting your abstract. If the guidelines are not followed, your abstract will not be accepted.

  1. SESSION: Choose your first and second choice of sessions 
  2. TITLE: There is a limit of 15 words for the title. The title should be entered in sentence case (i.e., only the first word and proper nouns are capitalized).
  3. RELEASE OF ABSTRACT: You must agree to the publication of your abstract in conference-related materials and on the website where it will be publicly available.
  4. AUTHOR INFORMATION: Enter authors in the order they should appear in the abstract. Provide institutional affiliations and contact information. There is a limit of 12 authors per abstract.
  5. KEYWORDS: Select up to five keywords for your submission.
  6. ABSTRACT: All abstracts must be in English and metric units are preferred. There is a limit of 2,000 characters for the text of your abstract. The character count includes spaces.
  7. ABSTRACT FEE: Abstracts will not be accepted into the scientific program without payment. The CERF 2021 fee is $70 USD. Secure online payment is available at the end of the submission process. Please note that abstract fees are non-refundable.

One Abstract Submission Per Person

Please note that the Federation has a one presentation per person policy. This means that each participant is permitted to be the lead author or presenter on only one poster OR oral presentation. You may be a co-author of other presentations.  Presenters who submitted an abstract as lead author or presenter during the regular call for abstracts may not submit an additional presentation during this call.

Education, Diversity & Equity Sessions

The conference limit of one first-author oral or poster presentation per individual does not apply to the Education, Diversity & Equity Sessions (listed below). 

  • Why diversifying coastal and estuarine research and management matters.
  • Coastal Education and Student Training: Past successes and future direction.
  • Wondrous Women of the coasts – bridging time, space, and disciplines.
  • Not just checking a box: inclusive communication as a way to transform scientific frameworks.
  • Teaching estuarine and coastal science: tools, resources, and strategies.

Cultural Heritage and Coastal Humanities (CH/CH) Themed Posters

We encourage abstracts that explore cultural values and stewardship roles of coastal communities to elucidate the ways in which this knowledge can enhance coastal research, outreach, and education, including best practices and strategies for respectful and meaningful engagement with traditional knowledge holders. CERF will create opportunities for tribal and community participants to identify and share their research needs, as well as create opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange between participating tribes, communities, and researchers. These posters will be distributed across the sessions. Choose the one that best fits your work. See the Cultural Heritage and Coastal Humanities page for further details.

Presenter Confirmation/Cancellation Policy

The presenting author of accepted abstracts must confirm their participation by registering for the conference by 10 September 2021. For details, please see the Conference Presenter Cancellation Policy.


Technical questions or concerns should be directed to Confex at [email protected]. Questions or concerns related to the scientific program should be directed to CERF at [email protected]. Your inquiries will be sent to the proper person for response.

Conference Co-Chairs

Mark Brush, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Lora Harris, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Scientific Program Co-Chairs

Martha Sutula, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project 
Jeremy Testa, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Ben Walther, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Poster Sessions 

Pedro Morais, University of Algarve
Carolyn Weaver, Millersville University

Oral Sessions

Iris Anderson, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
John Callaway, University of San Francisco
Matt Kirwan, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

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