The abstract you submit is the basis for your presentation description in the conference program. For this reason, your actual presentation and paper need to the title and description in your abstract.
Your peers expect you to present data, evaluation, and analyses or conclusions drawn from research or actual projects that are actionable, so incomplete projects or presentations without conclusions are not desired.
Because papers are selected on the basis of your abstract, keep in mind these selection criteria when writing the abstract. Will your paper:
- Have broad interest for people in the field of Stormwater management and surface water quality?
- Convey new knowledge or experience about an aspect of stormwater management?
- Demonstrate the use of a tool or methodology?
- Present data on the performance or use of a best management practice or technique?
- Draw clear conclusions or evaluations that are actionable for the audience?
StormCon attendees are professionals working in different areas of the stormwater industry: municipal and state-level programs, engineering consulting firms, regulatory agencies, commercial developers and contractors, and academia. Your audience has an understanding of basic stormwater principles and terminology, so you don’t need to include a great deal of background information in your abstract or in the presentation and paper. For example, don’t include information on the history of the Clean Water Act or an extensive description of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, as your audience will be familiar with these.
Length of Presentations
Unless otherwise agreed, all presentations are 30 minutes long, including a question and answer period. Speakers have the option of speaking for the 30-minute allotted time, or giving a shorter presentation to allow more time for questions at the end.
Presentations may be reclassified in a different track as appropriate.
All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. If your abstract is selected, you will receive guidelines for preparing and submitting your paper when you are notified of acceptance. Final papers will be due to Forester Media by Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Only papers that are presented at StormCon 2018 will be included in the conference proceedings.
A discounted registration fee is available for all presenters.