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With a goal to explore Ecosystem Based Management in the Chesapeake and Other Systems, the March, 2009 CRC Regional Conference will provide the regional community with a unique opportunity for cross discipline and topic-specific discussions, encompassing the science needed for decisions to the hands on policies or decisions made on land use and resource management across the watershed. Read more about this event » Register to attend this event » Call for Abstracts! »


Conference News & Announcements

Thank you!
posted on March 26, 2009

Thank you to all who attended or otherwise participated in the Ecosystem Based Management Conference. Presentations from the Conference will soon be available on this website.

New detailed Conference schedule available
posted on March 21, 2009

A detailed conference schedule is available in .pdf format by clicking here.

Invited abstracts still accepted
posted on March 14, 2009

If a session lead invited your participation and you have not yet submitted your abstract, you may still do so through the online abstract submission form.

Poster session details released
posted on March 13, 2009

Poster boards will be 8' x 4' (w x h). Posters are recommended to be no larger than 5' x 3', but the additional space may be used for supplementary information. In the event that more posters than anticipated are accepted, those submitting late abstracts may be required to share poster boards, in which case the maximum size would be 4' x 4'. If this is the case for your poster, you will be notified by Wednesday, March 18.

Poster abstract deadline extended!
posted on March 11, 2009

Poster abstract submissions will be accepted until 5:00 PM, Friday, March 13th. The abstract fee associated with this will remain $25. If you have already paid your registration fee and now wish to participate in the poster session, submit your abstract and you will be contacted regarding payment arrangements. Note: Contributed abstracts for inclusion in the sessions will NOT be accepted.

Hotel Room Reservations Update
posted on March 6, 2009

The hotel has agreed to extend the availability of rooms at the reduced rate of $189/night for a limited number of rooms. We hope to have as many attendees staying at the hotel overnight as possible to provide a greater likelihood of continued discussion and collaboration outside of the sessions themselves. To this end, we are offering funds to offset the difference between the $189/night rate for a room at the Marriott and any hotel room that attendees may have already booked in another facility for a lower price, with a maximum provision of $30/night. As an example, if you reserved a room in a hotel elsewhere at a rate of $169/night for three nights, you can change your reservation to the Marriott and we will provide you with a check for $60 to offset the additional cost. Please contact Ben Hilliard (hilliardb@si.edu) for more details.

New Session
posted on February 24, 2009

A new session, Envisioning the Future Chesapeake Modeling Suite, has been added. For additional information, please refer to the agenda.

Directions Information
posted on February 23, 2009

Please click the 'Directions' link in the Conference Information on the right side of the screen for information regarding the best ways to get to the Conference. Parking at the hotel will cost $24 per day so the wide variety of public transportation options available are very attractive.

Travel/Fee Subsidy Information
posted on February 12, 2009

If you are a registrant that qualifies for travel subsidy consideration from the registration page, you will be guaranteed reimbursement for your registration fee. The registration procedure is as follows: you will need to pay the registration fee and reimbursement will be provided shortly after the Conference adjourns. On the other hand, travel and accommodation subsidies will be offered on a rolling basis, with decisions on sums returned determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. When a determination on a subsidy amount has been reached, you will receive an e-mail communication describing the maximum subsidy amount that will be made available to you following submission of a reimbursement request form and required receipts. Following the Conference, you will send this form and receipts for all expenses incurred and a reimbursement check will be returned to you. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Ben Hilliard, hilliardb@si.edu.

Agenda Updated
posted on February 12, 2009

A newly updated agenda is now available. The Education session is now scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Please check the agenda to confirm session times. To view the agenda, click on the 'Agenda' button found in the menu at the top of the page, or click here.

Call for Abstracts!
posted on January 21, 2009

The sessions for the Conference have been finalized and abstracts are now being accepted. To view the session list and/or submit an abstract, please navigate to the Sessions and Abstracts section of the website using the link in the menu at the top of the page or click here. Abstracts must be submitted by March 6, 2009.

Registration is open
posted on January 21, 2009

Registration for the Conference is now open. To find information concerning the cost of registration and how to proceed, please the EBM Conference registration page.

Subsidies available for certain Conference participants
posted on January 21, 2009

A number of foundations and other entities have realized the importance and value of this Conference and have provided funding to provide subsidies for travel and registration expenses for managers, policy makers, K-12 educators, and students. If you have registered for the Conference and would like to apply for the subsidy, please navigate the Subsidy Request webpage.

Conference Sub-Themes (Nominated by the Community and Open to Additional Suggestions)
posted on December 3, 2008

The Conference Steering Committee acknowledges that EBM is extremely broad and hence, several sub-themes have been identified and more are expected. Feel free to explore the sub-themes suggested to date below, but remember these do not represent the suite of all sub-theme possibilities, only those that someone in the community has proposed. The spectrum is wide open and need not be identified here; they can be nominated as EBM sessions in the ‘Open Call for Session Nominations’ link below. Anything in the sub-themes links is just additional information to help inform some members of the community in that specialty area on what sessions might be considered in that sub-theme topic. For further details please follow this link to the Session Nomination page.

Open Call for Session Nominations
posted on October 27, 2008

Nominations are being sought for sessions addressing all aspects of ecosystem based management (EBM) for the spring 2009 conference. The Conference Steering Committee and Program Committee will review proposed sessions and provide feedback on inclusion in the program, possible modifications of the session, as well as explorations of possible session products. For further details please follow this link to the Session Nomination page.

EBM Website Launched
posted on October 27, 2008

The Conference website is launched! Note that some features (registration and agenda) are not yet active, but will be at the appropriate times. Please nominate sessions for this event, we need active community participation to ensure success.