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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NCSE Annual Conference: Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience — January 8-9, 2019 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: August 3, 2018

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS:  NCSE Annual Conference: Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience — January 8-9, 2019 — Washington, DC    DEADLINE:  August 3, 2018

The National Council for Science and the Environment is a non-profit organization that works with scientists, educators, policymakers, business leaders, and officials at all level of government to inform environmental policy and decision-making with the use of science. At the NCSE Annual Conference, more than 700 individuals from the environmental science community will convene for meaningful discussions and to form partnerships for solutions. The conference is widely recognized for its notable presenters, innovative programming and outcome-oriented approach.

NCSE is now accepting Session Proposals and Poster Presentations for the 2019 Annual Conference. The Annual Conference brings together scientists, educators, policymakers, and business leaders to discuss their research and collaborate on problem-solving within the environmental science field. Join our discussion by presenting your research.


NCSE 2019 will focus on the theme Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience. Our planet is facing challenges such as extreme weather, growing urbanization, and resource scarcity. Cities and ecosystems are more vulnerable than ever triggering an urgent call for a sustainable, healthy, and just world. More recently, the concept of resilience has become integrated into our thinking. Read more about the conference theme.

NCSE seeks proposals that explore the challenges and opportunities emerging at the intersection of natural, built, cyber, and social infrastructure. Sessions are designed to deepen our member’s knowledge and skills and provide them with opportunities to network on key topics.

Breakout Sessions: Formally called symposia, this is a 90 minute session that educates conference attendees about a key topic. The session should include diverse speakers from different sectors, institutions, disciplines, perspectives, and backgrounds. There will be approximately six concurrent sessions during each breakout timeslot. It is expected that 25-75 people will attend each breakout. Plan accordingly when designing your session.

Poster Presentations: Graphic presentation of an author’s research. Authors illustrate their findings by displaying graphs, photos, diagrams and a small amount of text on the poster boards. Poster boards will be available for viewing during the full conference. 

Suggested Topics
NCSE is looking for proposals at the intersection of built, natural social, and cyber infrastructure. Suggested topics that may be of interest to conference participants include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Transportation systems, society, and the environment
  • Best practices from local, state, federal, and international governments focused on sustainable development and resilience
  • Achieving equity through sustainable infrastructure and resilient communities
  • Integration of natural and built environments
  • Ecological design
  • Ecosystem services and nature-based infrastructure
  • Life cycle assessment and resilience
  • Food, energy, and water systems
  • Resilient urban systems
  • Decarbonizing infrastructure investments
  • Mobility and connectedness through infrastructure 
  • Infrastructure, sustainability, and security
  • Assessing vulnerability and mitigating risk to infrastructure
  • Smart technologies to enhance infrastructure resilience (e.g. water, power)
  • Financing infrastructure through public and private investments
  • Education, communication, and outreach for sustainability and resilient communities
  • Governance, collaboration, and citizen engagement at local, state, federal, and international levels
  • Modeling and measuring sustainable infrastructure
  • Technological transformation and information sharing
  • Infrastructure and equity across the urban-rural divide
  • Resilient infrastructure and human health


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