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The program for the International Society for River Science (ISRS) 4th Biennial Symposium will consist of Special Sessions (oral platform presentations organized by individuals), Contributed Oral Presentations (grouped into sessions by topic), and Contributed Poster Presentations (grouped into sessions by topic).


Conferees are encouraged to propose Special Sessions focusing on the interdisciplinary aspects of riverine connectivity including intersections between the physical, natural, and socio-economic sciences. Proposals that foster international participation are highly encouraged. Possible Special Session topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Connectivity as a driver of physical and biological processes
Rivers and human conflict
Nutrient delivery and transformation
Effect of agriculture on conveyance
Restoration of large river ecosystems
Contaminant dynamics in riverine ecosystems
Environmental monitoring of large river ecosystems
Policy and management

Hydrologic connectivity and climate change
Social, economic, and environmental goals for watersheds
Commercial navigation of multi-resource river systems
Urbanization/landscape transformation in river basins
Ecosystem services in rivers
Conservation biology in river ecosystems
Invasive species
Education, public outreach, and engagement 

Each oral platform Special Session will be comprised of 8 presentations (time slots). Time slots for oral presentations are limited to 20 minutes (including 5 minutes for questions and discussion), but multiple time slots (i.e., 40 or 60 minutes) may be offered to Special Session speakers at the discretion of the Special Session organizers. Session organizers are responsible for recruiting a minimum of 4 presentations. The Program Committee will work with Special Session organizers to complete the session with appropriate oral presentations that were submitted as contributed papers. Special Session proposals must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

Special Session proposals will include the following:

  • Title of Special Session
  • Synopsis (maximum 60 words) that describes the content theme of the Special Session to be used in posting session information to the Symposium website.
  • Description (maximum 400 words) that provides background information, objectives, and significance of the proposed Special Session.
  • Names(s) and contact information of Special Session Organizers (maximum 2)
  • Name(s) and contact information of Special Session Chair(s) (if different from Organizer(s))
  • Names, contact information, and preliminary titles of a minimum of 4 Special Session presentations

Special Session proposal submissions must be made using the ISRS Symposium online Special Session form available online. Prior to accessing the form, it is advisable to have available all required information needed to complete the Special Session proposal.

The Program Committee will review the proposals and notify organizers of acceptance or refusal by December 15, 2014. Authors of presentations that are part of Special Sessions must themselves submit their abstract by January 7, 2015.

Special Session organizers and presenters as well as authors of contributed oral or poster presentations must register for the ISRS 4th Biennial Symposium and are responsible for costs associated with attending the conference.

For more information, contact Roger Haro or Ron Rada at


Abstracts for accepted Special Sessions and for Contributed Sessions must be submitted via the abstract submission template:

Abstract submission opens November 7, 2014 and closes March 8, 2015.