CERF 2019 Conference

CERF 2019 Conference Updates

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



CERF 2019 Film Festival

CERF is pleased to announce that this year's meeting will include a film festival. Any member can submit a short video, and we encourage everyone to come to the film festival screening event during the November meeting in Mobile. Films should be six minutes or less and align with one of four categories: Research, Places, People, and Coastal Connections. Coastal Connections is a broad category that includes films addressing social or other topics highlighting a connection to the coast. One filmmaker from each category will win the prestigious CERF Film Festival Best in Category Award. This is a great opportunity to showcase your research or coastal system in a creative way. Now is the time to start planning and filming! Films can be submitted via www.wetransfer.com to Jace Tunnell ([email protected]) by 1 September, 2019. Feel free to email film festival co-chairs, Jace or Cassie Gurbisz ([email protected]) with questions.

Submit a Film

Please submit your film by 1 September, 2019



CERF 2019 Student Work Opportunities

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.


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.

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
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