Information About Sessions

The theme for the meeting is “Bridging Genes to Ecosystems: Aquatic Science at a Time of Rapid Change.” An important aim of this meeting includes working toward an integrative understanding of aquatic systems and fostering collaboration and interaction across the participating societies.

To these ends, the meeting planning committee has developed five Plenary-Themed Integrative Sessions to accompany each of the five meeting plenary talks. The plenary speakers for the meeting are Ginger Armbrust (University of Washington), Stuart Bunn (Australian Rivers Institute), Laurel Larsen (UC Berkeley), Julian Olden (University of Washington), and Patricia Soranno (Michigan State University.)

The five Plenary-Themed Integrative Sessions are:

  • Communicating the Value of Aquatic and Wetland Ecosystems to the Public and Policy Makers
  • Tipping Points Science: From global theories to local tools
  • Putting Microbial Genomes to Work in Ecosystem Science
  • Large-scale limnology – Integrating across landscapes to understand regional controls on biodiversity and nutrient cycles
  • Robust restoration of freshwater ecosystems in the face of uncertainty

Members from the four societies have developed three other types of sessions:

  • Integrative Sessions are intentionally integrative and address broad and timely topics of interest to a diverse audience. Presentations in these sessions will cut across sub-disciplines, levels of biological or ecological organization, and society boundaries. Co-leaders and session organizers should come from two or more of the four societies participating in the meeting.
  • Special Topics Sessions are more discipline-specific or society-specific with no requirement of multiple society leadership.
  • Contributed Sessions include more general, technical topics within the spectrum of the sciences represented at the meeting.

All session types are open to invited and contributed speakers. Session organizers will be able to review submitted abstracts and approve the final talks/posters included in the approved sessions; they will also be able to order the talks in the desired sequence. All presenters, whether invited or contributed, poster or oral, will need to register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee. Likewise, session organizers attending the meeting also will need to register.

Oral Session Format

Oral sessions will contain eight 15-minute time slots; suggested 12 minute presentation with time for questions and changeover of speakers. All presenters must submit an abstract, register and pay the appropriate fees. More details will be issued in the abstract guidelines. 

For Plenary Themed–Integrated Sessions and the Integrative Sessions Only -
Scheduling 30-minute Talks

Organizers of the Plenary Themed –Special Integrated Sessions and Integrative Sessions will have the option of scheduling a 30-minute talk that can come at the beginning or end of the session. A session here comprises eight (8) 15-minute slots (12 minute presentation with time for questions), or two (2) hours. The 30-minute slot will consist of two (2), back-to-back 15-minute slots.

If the Plenary-Themed Integrative Sessions or the Integrative Session ends up requiring two full 2-hour blocks, then a second 30-minute talk is allowed for the second block as well.

Please note that the option to assign 30-minute talks is only for the Plenary-Themed Integrative Sessions or Integrative Sessions (Sessions 001 through 083), not the Special Topics Sessions or Contributed Sessions.

If you wish to request such 30-minute sessions, please send an email to LeRoy Poff (poff@lamar.colostate.edu) or other member of the subcommittee for special sessions, so that we may keep track of the requests.

Guidelines for Inviting Speakers Who Will Be Designated As “Invited”

The Program Committee does not at this time know which sessions will be extended to two, 2-hour blocks. This is dependent on the number of abstracts submitted to your session by 7 February 2014. If you as an organizer are reasonably confident that your session will require two, 2-hour blocks given the number of committed speakers and the expected number of contributed talks, then please contact LeRoy Poff (poff@lamar.colostate.edu) with a list of committed speakers and an estimated number of contributed abstracts you expect to be submitted. The Program Committee will be able to take this information into consideration in determining the number of “invited” speakers you will be able to designate in the program.

  • Integrative Session Organizers (Sessions 006 through 083)
    • Formally-designated “invited” speakers will be limited to 50% of your sessions’ participants. So, for an 8-slot (2-hour) session, please plan for four (4) individuals who will be designated as “invited” (indicated with and “I” or asterisk in the program). You will need to send us a list of speakers to be designated as invited by Wednesday, 12 February 2014.
    • We strongly encourage that you include non-solicited speakers in your session, i.e., that you select abstracts from the larger pool submitted in response to the abstract call.
    • If your session extends to two, 2-hour blocks then up to eight (8) speakers can be designated as “invited.”
    • If you are including a 30-minute talk (or two, 30-minute talks if you have two, 2-hour blocks in your session) you will need to reduce the number of “invited” talks to remain within the 50% limit (for Integrative Sessions).
  • Plenary-themed Integrative Session Organizers (Sessions 001 through 005)
    For these high profile sessions, the organizers will be able to designate as many “invited” speakers as they deem justifiable – but with a maximum to fill two, 2-hour blocks.

Please note that the option to assign 30-minute talks is only for the Plenary-Themed Integrative Sessions or Integrative Sessions (Sessions 001 through 083), not the Special Topics Sessions or Contributed Sessions.

Poster Session Format

Posters will be on display throughout the meeting.  Posters will be scheduled for a specific poster presentation time during the meeting. All presenters must submit an abstract, register and pay the appropriate fees. Posters will be placed on large poster boards. There will be two posters per side so posters must be no larger than 45.0 inches high by 45.5 inches wide. Because two posters will be mounted side by side, it is very important that your poster not exceed these dimensions. Posters will adhere to the boards using push pins that will be provided.

For technical or content questions, please contact:

Or other members of the 2014 JASM Subcommittee for Special Sessions: