Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

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Exhibitor booth registration is now closed!
Please contact the CERF office if you have any questions about Exhibitor Booths.  

Why sponsor CERF’s 24th Biennial Conference?

  • Spotlight your unique services, products, programs and ideas, marketing to an international audience through your exhibit booth.
  • Deliver an important message to your clients and peers. Your organization plays an active role in supporting discussion and debate about research and practices in estuarine and coastal issues.
  • Connect with your best clients and meet promising prospects. You will have a variety of opportunities to network and build relationships with attendees before, during and after the conference.
  • Garner goodwill amongst your target audience. Your organization’s name and professional staff will be associated with a prestigious, high-profile forum that addresses important issues on estuarine and coastal research and management.
  • Receive national and international exposure through promotional activities before, during and after the conference. 

Scientific Program

The 2017 scientific program offers four days of timely, exciting and diverse information on a vast array of estuarine and coastal subjects. In keeping with the theme, “Coastal Science at the Inflection Point: Celebrating Successes and Learning from Challenges,” presentation topics will include:

1. Successes in estuarine management and restoration
2. Urbanization in coastal and estuarine ecosystems
3. Understanding the context and impacts of aquaculture on estuarine ecosystems function
4. Insights from coupled natural-human systems research in estuaries
5. Science to support Ecosystem Based Management in estuaries and coasts
6. Estuarine and coastal habitats and landscapes – from community structure, dynamics and resilience to ecosystem function
7. Sustaining estuarine and coastal fisheries
8. Stormwater and agricultural BMPs – assessing their function and understanding their context in watersheds
9. Ecological theory to advance estuarine management
10. Innovations in engineering in and around estuaries


CERF will convene 1,500 scientists, managers and professionals in government, business, nonprofit and related organizations, graduate students and undergraduate students.

From North America’s coastal states and provinces, as well as from more than 20 countries around the world, CERF conference attendees are scientists and managers who conduct research and observe/manage change within a variety of global, coastal and estuarine habitats. They rely on the information, expertise, methods, training, products, technology and innovative equipment your organization provides. 

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Build Your Own Sponsorship Package

Build your own sponsorship package! Choose a general sponsorship level or pick and choose from the A la Carte Sponsorship Opportunities in order to reach your desired sponsorship level. For a full list of each sponsorship level and the details included, please download the Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus
*General sponsors will receive the base line sponsorship benefits. 

Sponsorship packages include…

  • Company logo and name in conference promotions, program and signage
  • Access to delegates pre- and post-conference
  • Recognition on conference website (logo and click-through) 

For example:

$5,000 Poster Session
$2,500 Plenary Session
$2,500 Vendor Demonstration
$10,000 Premier Sponsorship

  Premier Level
Patron Level
Benefactor Level
Supporter Level

Logo recognition on all
CERF 2017 promotions,
including in the journal,
newsletter, and website

Program advertisement Full Page Half Page Half Page Quarter Page


4 4 2 2

Social media
announcements pre- and

4 3 2 1

Thank you recognition
from the podium

X X X  

Exhibit booth space and
all related benefits

Double Single Single Single 

Conference app

X X    

Pre- and post-conference

Full Page Half Page    

Spotlight article included
in pre- and post-conference
email communications to
attendees (100 word max)

X X    

admissions to all ticketed


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A la Carte Sponsorship Options

Build your own sponsorship package! Pick and choose from the following options in order to reach your desired sponsorship level. Hurry, reserve your spot TODAY!




President’s Welcome Reception - SOLD!
Help us kick-off the conference by sponsoring the President’s Welcome Reception, which hosts more than 1,000 attendees. Twenty-five (25) drink tickets will be given to the sponsor. Your organization will be recognized with signage, an on-screen acknowledgment at the event and a thank you during the keynote/opening session.

$5000 1
Poster Session Happy Hours
Gain added exposure by supporting the major gathering place for all attendees where happy hours are held. There are two poster hall happy hours during the conference. Twenty-five (25) drink tickets will be given to each sponsor.
$5,000 each 2
Close-out Party & Student Scientific Awards Reception
Be part of the recognition of outstanding student presentations at the grand finale and make a lasting impression with this well-attended event. Fifteen (15) drink tickets will be given to the sponsor.
$3,500   1
CERF Inclusion Lunch  – SOLD!
Support the CERF community in addressing challenges faced by underrepresented people in the sciences, provide an environment supportive of triumphs, and develop personal and professional networks.
$3,000   1
Keynote & Awards Ceremony
Exclusive sponsorship of the opening session of CERF 2017 featuring the conference keynote and distinguished CERF Scientific Awards Ceremony. Includes brief (2-3 minute) welcome address for the sponsor.
 $2,500 (Exclusive)  1

Plenary Sessions
Two plenary sessions are available for exclusive sponsorship and includes brief (2-3 minute) welcome address for the sponsor.
Plenary Session Day 1 - SOLD!
Plenary Session Day 2 

 $2,500 each 2
NEW! Product & Service Demonstrations 
Schedule 30 minutes of focused, engaged time with attendees to educate them on your products and services. Promotional opportunities for your demo will be available online, the conference mobile app and printed materials. Demo space will be equipped with a projector, screen and mic. Availability is on a first come, first served basis.
$2,500 each  unlimited
Off-site Networking Social Event
Help conference-goers mix and mingle by sponsoring this popular event. Includes four tickets to the event plus 15 drink tickets.
 $2,500  1
Pre-Conference Field Trips
Become the sponsor of one of the most interactive aspects of CERF’s Biennial Conference! Over 125 attendees participated in field trips during our 2015 conference.
$2,000 (Exclusive)  1
NEW! Green Initiative
Save the planet with CERF by sponsoring our effort to reduce waste at the 2017 conference by implementing recycling, reduced-packaging and composting options.
 $2,000 unlimited
NEW! Student Champion
This is your opportunity to support our future scientists! Funds will go toward our many student activities, including travel awards, the career networking event, and a new workshop geared toward helping students land their next position. Supporters will be recognized at these events and on student workers’ t-shirts.
 $1,500 unlimited
NEW! Broadening Participation Initiative
CERF is working to promote an inclusive culture and opportunities for underrepresented and underserved minorities in coastal and estuarine science. Help us achieve our goals of broadening participation by subsidizing the cost of conference attendance for these groups.
 $1,000 unlimited
NEW! Tribal/First Nations Education Initiative
Support CERF’s efforts to highlight the coastal and estuarine research and work of U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations. This sponsorship will help fund the participation of Tribal and First Nation representatives in a special session focused on these efforts.
 $1,000 unlimited
NEW! Mentorship Program
CERF will once again coordinate efforts to bring students, early career scientists and those new to CERF together with veterans in the field to network, learn and explore CERF 2017. Funds will support mentoring activities, including a networking event.
$1,000  unlimited 

Daily Networking Breaks
There are two coffee breaks per day during the conference. Virtually every attendee will see a special “Thank you” sign with your logo.
Networking Day 1 - 
Networking Day 2 -
Networking Day 3 - 
Networking Day 4 -

$500 per day  
Pre-Conference Workshops
(Opportunities will be limited to the number of workshops scheduled.) Your chance to get in front of a captive audience to introduce workshop speakers during a session aligned with your organization.
$500 each  unlimited 


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Advertising Opportunities

Price Advertising - Conference Program
$2,000 Program Back Cover
$1,500 Full Page - Inside Front Cover, Color
$1,500 Full Page - Inside Back Cover, Color
$1,250 Full Page - B&W
$1,000 Half Page - B&W
$500 Quarter Page, B&W
$750 Ad on Conference App ONLY 


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Exhibitor Details

CERF welcomes business, governmental, academic and nonprofit exhibitors who connect to coastal and estuarine science and management. Reserve premium booth space located among the conference posters in the exhibition hall. The welcome reception, coffee breaks and organized poster sessions (including food and beverage) will attract all participants to the hall and your booth! Exhibit hall schedule can be found in the Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus

Booth Type By 15 May 2017 After 15 May 2017
Commercial and for profit booths $1,500 $1,750
Non-profit booths $1,000 $1,250
Additional Exhibitor Only Name Badge* $250 $250

*Valid for entrance to exhibition hall and closing party only. 

Exhibit fee includes:

  • 10 x 10 Exhibit Booth with pipe and drape
  • 8’ skirted table and two chairs
  • Identification sign
  • One (1) conference registration
  • Access to attendee list and contact information pre- and post-conference 

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Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors & Exhibitors 

Aquatic Informatics Inc.

Restore America's Estuaries (RAE)
Bay Instruments Sea-Bird Coastal 
BioSonics, Inc.  Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Campbell Scientific Springer
Carhartt State Key Laboratory of Estuarine and Coastal Research
Coastal Carolina University School of Coastal and Marine Systems Science The Data Detekiv
Eastern Carolina University Coastal Resource Management PhD Program Turner Designs
Eureka Water Probes Unisense A/S
Louisiana State University School of the Coast & Environment University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
 OTT Hydromet University of South Alabama Marine Sciences/Dauphin Island Sea Lab
 Onset Computer Corporation West Coast Regional Assoc. of IOOS
 Oregon Sea Grant Wildlife Conservation Society
 Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc. YSI, a Xylem Brand
 RBR Ltd.  

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