CERF 2021 Registration

Online registration for CERF 2021 is now open! You do not have to be a member to attend our conference; however, CERF members receive a discounted registration rate. If you'd like become a member before registering, join now! The Biennial CERF Conference, taking place 1–4 and 8–11 November, offers coastal and estuarine scientists from all over the world to come together for 8 days to network, learn, attend intriguing sessions, and with new colleagues and friends.

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See below for pricing details and make sure to consult our Frequently Asked Questions page for conference and registration inquiries.

Registration Type

Early Bird Pricing
Before or on 21 June 2021

Regular Pricing
After 21 June 2021
Member $200.00 $250.00
Non-Member $400.00 $400.00
Student Member $100.00 $125.00
Student Non-Member $150.00 $150.00
Early Career Member $150.00 $175.00
Early Career Non-Member $190.00 $190.00
Emerging Nations/Emeritus Member $150.00 $175.00
Emerging Nations/Emeritus Non-Member $190.00 $190.00
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Workshops will be available on various days throughout the conference. There are two multi-day workshops and several single-day workshops. Preview the workshops below.

*This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

 Date Workshop Title 
1 & 3 Nov. 

Benthic Biophysics in Coastal Ocean Models

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET | 4:00 AM – 7:00 AM PT

1 Nov. 

Increasing Collecting Impact: Bridging Coastal Networks and Enhancing Collaborative Science

2:45 PM – 5:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM PT


Exploring Emerging Technologies through the SAV Community of Practice 

2:45 PM – 5:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM  – 2:45 PM PT


Open Science: Core Concepts for Impactful Research and Resource Management 

2:45 PM – 6:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 3:45 PM PT


Monitoring Changing Shores: Methods, Management, and Data for the Future

2:45 PM – 6:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 3:45 PM PT

3 Nov. 

Stories and Science: Blending Complementary Ways of Knowing Enhances Results 

2:45 PM – 4:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM PT


Use R to Manipulate and Visualize Environmental Data I (Introductory Level)

2:45 PM – 4:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM PT


Job/Fellowship Application Development for Early Career Professional

2:45 PM – 5:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM PT


Connecting Land, Sea and Sky: A Virtual Birding Workshop

2:45 PM – 5:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 2:45 PM PT

8 Nov. & 9 Nov. 

Marine Spatial Data Mapping and Modelling in R

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM ET | 5:00 AM – 6:30 AM PT 

8 Nov. 

Addressing Implicit Bias to Promote Equity in CERF Science Disciplines

2:45 PM – 6:45 PM ET11:45 AM – 3:45 PM PT


How to Use Field Sketchbooks to Realistically Record Scientific Observations

2:45 PM – 6:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 3:45 PM PT

9 Nov. 

Brainwaves - Engaging Stakeholders to Co-Design Waterway Health Report Cards

2:45 PM – 4:15 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM PT


Flow-Through Microscopy (FlowCam®) for Estuarine Research and HAB Monitoring

2:45 PM – 4:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM PT


Use R to Manipulate and Visualize Environmental Data II (Intermediate Level)

2:45 PM – 4:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM PT


The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard: A Technological Approach

2:45 PM – 4:45 PM ET | 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM PT

Apply for the Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) 2021 Conference Program

CERF is dedicated to broadening participation in coastal and estuarine science and management. Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) is a comprehensive program for enhancing the diversity and inclusion of our scientific society and CERF conferences. The overall goals of this program are to promote opportunities  for individual from groups underrepresented in CERF disciplines and professions while cultivating a culture that actively engages and leverages diversity throughout our organization. View the Rising TIDES Conference Program page for details and application instructions. 

Apply for a Student/Early Career Participation Award

If you are a current student or early career professional, please consider applying for a CERF 2021 Participation Award! We are here to help cover costs (typically between $150-300 per award) associated with attending this virtual meeting. See the Student/Early Career Participation Awards page for more eligibility requirements and a link to the application. Your application is due by 13 August 2021.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

All cancellation requests received on or before Monday, 4 October 2021, will be issued a refund less a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be given thereafter except in the event of extenuating circumstances, which the CERF office will identify on a case-by-case basis. Requests for registration cancellation must be submitted in writing via email to [email protected]. If you are not able to attend one or more sessions, CERF will not prorate or refund any part of your registration fee. Substitute attendees will be permitted. Substitution requests must be in writing via email to [email protected] no later than 7 days prior to the event start.