CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

See below for the most recent updates for our 25th Biennial Conference:

 

 

CERF 2019 Student Work Opportunities

Student Worker opportunities are now closed.

As a CERF Student Worker, you will exchange a few hours of your time for a reimbursement of $180 for conference registration fees. By serving as a Student Worker, you get the benefits of attending the conference with little or no fee, meet and network with hundreds of students and professionals in estuary and coastal science, and a cool CERF Student Worker t-shirt! 

Each Student Worker is required to work shifts adding up to a minimum of six hours total in order to be eligible to receive your reimbursement check. There are many different volunteer roles, ranging from being an art docent for CERF’s invited artists display, to helping at the registration desk, or serving as a room monitor during oral sessions.  

Apply to be a student worker during online registration. Applications must be received by 6 August.

 

Sign up for the CERF 2019 Mentorship Program

Wanted! Experienced CERF Attendees and First Timers at Any Point in Their Career

The CERF 2019 organizing committee is offering the Meeting Mentoring Program at the conference. The program will match up mentors—senior graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and venerable clams (long-time ERF-CERF members) with mentees—students, early career professionals, first-time CERF attendees and international attendees.

The purpose? To help new-comers to CERF make the most of the biennial conference. Mentors provide guidance by contacting their mentee prior to the conference to introduce themselves, offer suggestions about preparing a plan to get to the right sessions, posters, and exhibits; and help and connect them with people who can help guide them in furthering their careers.

Learn About Mentorship Opportunities
 

CERF 2019 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thanks for Your Support!

Keep an eye out for incoming sponsors and exhibitors to see who you could meet at the conference!

Is your business or association interested in supporting the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor? Learn more about our opportunities.

Meet the 2019 Sponsors and Exhibitors
 

Conference Presenter Cancellation Policy

Late Cancellations and No Shows – Conference Presenters

Before submitting an abstract to the CERF conference program, presenters should be confident in their ability to attend the conference and make the presentation as scheduled. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and session chairs, and subsequently abstracts which fit within the program will be assigned to a presentation time slot. 

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Safe and Welcoming CERF

California Travel Ban | Action Plan Resources

CERF is committed to broadening participation in coastal and estuarine science and management. Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) is a comprehensive program to enhance the diversity and inclusion of CERF and CERF conferences. As a scientific society, CERF respects and values the many facets of diversity. These include differences among individuals in social identity such as race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socioeconomic background, as well as differences in discipline, career path, and life experience. From these differences arise a wide range of perspectives and approaches to problem-solving.  Rising TIDES initiatives emphasize creating environments in which all people feel welcomed and respected, individual identities are valued, and differences are embraced.

Some localities in the United States have approved legislation that is contrary to the values of CERF, particularly with respect to the LGBTQ+ community. It is our intent that CERF conferences be safe and welcoming to all attendees, including the LGBTQ+ community, regardless of location.  This Plan is a part of CERF’s overall efforts to broaden participation and ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees at CERF events. The Plan was developed during the lead up to CERF 2019, and is intended to be implemented at all future CERF conferences.  

California Travel Ban

In mid-2016, the CERF Governing Board selected Mobile, Alabama, as the site of CERF 2019, and established contracts to secure the convention center for the conference. On January 1, 2017, a California law became effective prohibiting state-sponsored travel to states with laws that allow discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. In April 2017, Alabama passed House Bill 24 allowing private adoption agencies that do not receive federal funding to follow faith-based practices in child placement. Because HB 24 would permit such adoption agencies to discriminate against prospective LGBTQ+ parents, in June 2017 the state of Alabama was placed on the California travel ban list. CERF recognizes the impact this may have on LGBTQ+ attendees and allies, as well as on members and attendees based in California.

California Travel Ban Supplemental Awards

Action Plan

The Plan outlines actions that can be taken to promote safe and welcoming CERF conferences. The actions pertain to all conferences, but some specific recommendations apply to CERF 2019 in direct response to the California travel ban. 

  1. Promote a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ attendees at CERF Conferences
    1. Share information from local inclusive organizations with conference attendees. Examples of engagement could include setting up a booth or table at the conference, sharing local resources, and providing information about allyship. For CERF 2019, include a statement of support for inclusivity in the region (e.g., from local Chamber of Commerce, local civic leaders) with conference promotional materials.
    2. Expand the CERF Ambassadors program to encompass a Safe CERF program.
    3. Provide an optional mechanism for identifying preferred gender pronouns on name tags.
    4. Designate gender-neutral bathrooms in convention center and meeting hotels.
    5. Promote local LGBTQ+ ally businesses. This may include publicizing a list of businesses supporting the LGBTQ+ community and informing participants of signage that identifies these businesses.
    6. Broadly publicize the Event Code of Conduct and Implementation Plan.
  1. Raise awareness of inclusion issues among all members and attendees
    1. Provide regular information and updates on the CERF Conference website regarding inclusion plans. Ensure strong message to demonstrate that CERF stands with LGBTQ+ individuals and all members. For CERF 2019, provide background and context on California travel ban for attendees who may not be as familiar with this issue.
    2. Include activities throughout the conference that actively promote inclusion. For example, at CERF 2019:
      1. A Sunday workshop will focus on promoting a diverse and inclusive climate, including intentional emphasis on the LGBTQ+ community.
      2. The Inclusion Luncheon will emphasize awareness of inclusivity for all, including the LGBTQ+ community. The reduced fee for students and early career professionals will be maintained.
    3. Implement rainbow nametag ribbons (or similar) for allies. Ensure that participants opting for ribbons are informed about allyship. For example, this could include a registration check-box attesting to having read information and/or availability of an Allyship Awareness booth.
  1. Increase access to CERF 2019 for attendees subject to the California travel ban
    1. Live-stream plenary sessions and selected other sessions, recognizing that a registration fee might be required.
    2. Provide additional travel funds for students and early-career professionals who are subject to the ban but still seek to attend for specific professional needs. CERF respects and recognizes the reasons behind the California travel ban, yet also wants to provide support to students and early-career members who need and value this opportunity to present their work.

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