CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

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



Ambassador Program

“Ambassador” is defined as a representative or envoy with the duty to represent the organization and to provide excellent customer service, thus creating an exceptional experience to all guests. The CERF Ambassador Program will do just that - ensure all members and attendees at CERF have a great meeting experience.

Whether this meeting is your first or fifteenth CERF conference, there are times when attendees feel alone and/or unsure (e.g there is the person whose papers you have already read and admired, but you are hesitant to just walk up and introduce yourself). Or you are just ending one appointment and want to ask someone who has similar interests how they found the next great job.

The CERF Ambassador Program is meant to make these moments easier - with the goal to increase engagement among members and conference attendees, selected CERF members at all career stages will be available throughout the conference to chat informally. We expect CERF Ambassadors to play an active role in meeting First Time Attendees as well as early career and student attendees.

Ambassadors will help make the conference a place of mutual respect where the focus is on learning and collaboration. 


To build on CERF’s broadening participation vision, the Ambassador Program aims to help build a diverse and inclusive community of coastal and estuarine scientists, which in turn strengthens our scientific membership.

 Responsibilities of Ambassadors

  1. Participate in CERFing for Lunch at least one day (CERFing for lunch will run every day as it is expected that different days will work for different groups of attendees.)
  2. Go to at least three first-time attendee and student posters
  3. Join ambassadors in social media campaigns (e.g. poster session flash mob, selfies).
  4. Be a welcoming, friendly face of CERF and grow our community!

Rising TIDES (Toward an Inclusive, Diverse, and Enriched Society) 2019 Conference Mentoring Program


CERF’s Rising TIDES initiative promotes opportunities for all underrepresented minorities while cultivating a culture that actively engages and leverages diversity of all types. The Rising TIDES Conference Program will jointly support underrepresented minority (URM) students and mentors to participate in CERF 2019 – 25th Biennial Conference in Mobile, Alabama, 3–7 November 2019. Through joint support of both students and mentors, this program aims to enhance career development of URM students, ensure that students participating in the program will have sustained mentorship following the conference, help develop a community of practice for CERF members who are engaged in building diversity and inclusion within their own organizations and across institutions, and involve those who are already mentors of URM students in helping to transform CERF into a broadly inclusive society.


International Travel to the United States

To Request an Official Letter of Invitation

Once you have completed your conference registration form, please email your full name, address, institution/affiliate name and email address to [email protected]. Once processed, a signed letter will be emailed to you. If you need an original sent to you via post, please indicate so in your email request. 

If you've submitted an abstract or plan to make an oral or poster presentation, you will need to include the title and presentation date/time for your abstract. Presenters are yet to be decided, and will be announced around August. If you'd like to present, please make sure to submit an abstract for our committees to review. 

CERF continues to recognize and support that scientific progress and research is dependent upon the free exchange of ideas among international networks of diverse scientists, professors, researchers, and students.

Changes in U.S. immigration and travel policies have rightfully concerned many international scientists and we respect the concerns of those who may be apprehensive about traveling to the United States due to the travel restrictions.

  • To request an Official Letter of Invitation, please email your full name, mailing address, institution/affiliate name and email address to [email protected]. If you are making the request after you’ve been accepted to give an oral or poster presentation, please include the title and presentation date/time for your abstract. Once processed, a signed letter will be emailed to you. If you need an original sent to you via post, please indicate so in your email request.
  • International travelers are strongly encouraged to register for CERF 2019 as soon as possible. This will ensure space, materials, refreshments and other conference amenities are held for you.
  • CERF recognizes that extenuating circumstances, including failure to obtain a U.S. travel visa, may hinder conference attendance. In those situations, with the submission of appropriate documentation, CERF will refund prepaid registration fees.
  • CERF is making efforts to create virtual participation opportunities for CERF members who are unable to travel to the conference. These details are being worked out and will be shared once finalized.
  • Please notify CERF ([email protected]) if you are unable to obtain a visa for travel to the conference, or for other visa-related issues. CERF will track this information to help us understand the impact of visa-related issues on conference attendance. We also encourage you to report issues via this questionnaire.

CERF 2019 Call for Abstracts

We have opened submissions for late-breaking poster abstracts. 
Abstracts accepted 5-16 August 2019.

Submit Late-Breaking Poster Abstracts 

Thank you everyone who submitted abstracts! We are excited to begin compiling details for our official conference schedule. If you didn't get the chance to submit this year, we hope you'll try again for our CERF 2021 Biennial Conference.

Notification of abstract acceptance will occur on or about 1 August 2019. 

The CERF 2019 Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for CERF 2019. 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 career for continuing education and development. Abstracts related to our conference theme of "Responsive | Relevant | Ready" are greatly encouraged.

Read about the Abstract Submission Process

CERF 2019 Student/Early Career Travel Award

Thinking about attending CERF 2019? Need assistance with travel? Apply for a Student/Early Career Travel Award!

Student Travel Awards are now closed.

CERF provides travel grants to support student and early career members attending and presenting at CERF 2019 in Mobile, Alabama. Students and early career professionals in need of financial assistance to attend the 2019 conference may request travel support from CERF's William E. Odum/Scott Nixon Memorial Fund for Student Activities. Awards typically range from $150 to $300 per person. Student/Early Career Travel Awards are strictly to offset CERF 2019 expenses such as travel, accommodations, and meals. Students can use this award as leverage to gain additional support from their academic department or employer.

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