The River Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) and its partners—UW-L Continuing Education and Extension, USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center and Winona State University Large River Studies Center—are pleased to announce the 4th Biennial Symposium of the International Society of River Science (ISRS) will be held at the La Crosse Convention Center in historic downtown La Crosse on the banks of the Mississippi River. We expect 250 to 400 international river scientists will be coming to La Crosse to present a wide array of research. Previous symposia were held in St. Petersburg, USA (2010); Berlin, Germany (2011); and Beijing, People’s Republic of China (2013).
Connectivity… As a fundamental defining character of rivers the movement of water and water-carried materials connect local and distant habitats and landscapes. The ecology and geomorphology of river systems is formed, maintained, and continuously changed by these flow-induced connections. Likewise, local and regional economies and cultures are influenced and sustained by connections to rivers. Conflicts over river resources and river-defined boundaries divide human cultures, while resource harvest, recreation and transport unite cultures. The 2015 ISRS conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, will focus on the theme of connectivity to, within and among riverine landscapes; explore the geomorphic, chemical and biological implications of connectivity in rivers; and also develop broader themes of human social and cultural connectivity mediated by river systems throughout the world.
We are currently seeking topics for special workshops and symposia.