Symposia & Abstracts

The meeting theme, Celebrate Wetland Diversity Across the Landscape: Mountains to Mangroves, will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of wetland science and practice, how wetlands function, and how protection and restoration play a significant role in the health of our ecosystems and society.

To view the preliminary presentation schedule for the SWS 2017 Annual Meeting, click here

Symposia Submissions

Thanks to those who submitted a symposium proposal. Symposia and workshop submissions are now closed. The Program Committee has reviewed all proposals and have informed symposium chairs of their proposal status. You may find a complete list of symposium titles below.

  • “How Can I Make My Work Matter?” Exploring Ways to Bring Sound Science into Wetland Management and Public Policy
  • Asian Wetlands and their International Connections (I): A Sensitive Climate Resilience Perspective
  • Biogeochemical responses to global change across a gradient of wetland diversity
  • Climate change and wetlands in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): are we prepared to adapt and mitigate the effects?
  • Climate Change Effects on Northern Peatlands: Results of Manipulative Experiments
  • Floodplain restoration: How does the diversity of approaches influence outcome?
  • Global Challenges to Wetland Science
  • Global change influences on blue carbon pools and processes
  • Human-induced Impacts on Coastal Wetlands in the Caribbean
  • Integrating Ecology and Management to Promote Wetland Resilience to Global Change 
  • Invasive animals and wetlands
  • Management and restoration of rural wetlands: identifying issues and sharing solutions from Europe and China 
  • Mapping and Monitoring Wetlands across the US to Support Strategic Management of Natural Resources
  • Novel Mangrove Ecosystems, Mangroves in the Anthropocene
  • Puerto Rico's Wetlands: Status, Resilience and Management 
  • Remote Sensing of Wetland Structure, Dynamics and Function 
  • Restoration meets Ramsar: ensuring the best from the best for internationally important wetlands from the mountains to the sea
  • Storms, sea level, climate, and humans: spatial and temporal impacts of disturbance to mangrove forests
  • Wetland Carbon: Science to Guide Conservation and Restoration 
  • Wetland conservation in the 21st Century: a landscape scale interdisciplinary approach addressing multiple objectives 
  • Wetlands, climate change and people 

Abstracts Submissions

The deadline to submit abstracts to the 2017 SWS Annual Meeting has passed. If you would like to access abstracts that have been successfully submitted to the meeting, you may may login to your account on the abstract submission site to view. 

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Oral Presentations

Each accepted oral presentation will be allocated 20 minutes, including time for questions.


All submissions must be completed through the online platform. The presenting author will be asked to create an account and by following user-friendly instructions, submit their abstract for review. Abstracts must be 2500 characters or less (approx. 300 words). Upon the successful submission, a confirmation will be emailed to you to confirm the receipt of your abstract. Please keep a copy of this form on file for your records. To verify the status of your abstract, simply log into your account. The extended abstract submission deadline is January 25, 2017, 11:59PM CT.


Due to time restrictions, presenters are limited to only one oral presentation in the contributed sessions. There is no limit, however, to the number of organized symposia in which presenters may participate. A presenter may participate in one or more symposia and also in one contributed session. You may submit multiple abstracts for contributed sessions, but only one will be chosen for an oral presentation. Other accepted abstracts may be assigned to one of the poster sessions. Authors who wish to be considered for a Student Award must be a current SWS member.

Review Process

Abstracts will be evaluated on the basis of originality, significance, relevance to wetlands, and scientific/technical merit. A select number of abstracts will be accepted for oral platform presentations based on their scientific merit and relation to topics addressed in the scientific program. Submissions on the covered session topics are encouraged.


The main author will be notified of acceptance or rejection of the abstract. Full instructions concerning preparation and presentation of accepted abstracts will be included.

A/V Requirements

All oral presentation rooms will contain a handheld microphone and stand, PC laptop, and a projector with a VGA connection. Should you require any additional items for your presentation, please make arrangements with SWS headquarters.


All presenters are responsible for their own event registration, travel fare, and hotel accommodations. Registration may be completed only by the applicable deadlines.

Poster Presentation Schedule

More information to come!

Poster Guidelines

  • Poster display numbers will be provided to presenters in an email after acceptance
  • All illustrations and lettering should be prepared beforehand. The poster display is not to be solely the typed manuscript pinned to the poster board.
  • The display should be arranged in a logical, coherent fashion to fit the display area that is 4’ high x 8’ wide. Your poster should provide the following information:
    • Title
    • Author names and affiliations
    • Acknowledgements, including sources of support or funding
    • Background
    • Objectives
    • Materials and methods
    • Appropriate visuals including charts, graphs, photographs, etc
    • Conclusion and discussion
    • References, if applicable
  • We will supply the poster frame and push pins. You are responsible for any materials or supplies needed to present the poster. No audiovisual or electrical outlets are provided for poster presentation.
  • Please remember to keep the display area neat. If your message exceeds poster space, consider making photocopied handouts available.

Accessing Abstracts

The accepted abstracts will be accessible online through the Abstract Search Site or through the 2017 SWS Annual Meeting mobile app.