Canadian Water Network solicited a call for posters at Connecting Water Resources 2015: From Knowledge to Action to highlight the possibilities that exist for moving from knowledge to action in water management.
We accepted poster abstracts from researchers, students and practitioners who have conducted innovative water research or have discovered or implemented innovative solutions to water management problems within the three conference tracks:
Blue Cities: Moving to the systems we need
As issues of sustainability, resiliency and liveability come into focus for planning and policy-making in Canada, ensuring the sustainability of municipal water systems is emerging as a central element. This stems from water’s vital importance to maintaining healthy communities that can meet the diverse demands of a growing and increasingly urbanized population; one which is facing change and uncertainty on many fronts, including the impacts of a changing climate.
Our discussions in this conference track focused on what drives the uptake of innovations in municipal water management, encompassing wastewater, drinking water and stormwater. We explored the knowledge and actions needed to get there and key opportunities to move toward “Blue Cities.”
Resource Development and Agriculture: Securing our future
Resource development and the agri-food sector represent key pillars of our economy and water is critical to their success. Ensuring sustainable development is vital not only to ensuring responsible stewardship, but also to maintaining a global competitive advantage that secures our ability to meet growing global needs.
This conference track examined the growing awareness of water risks facing the resource development sector (particularly in oil and gas, and mining), as well as in agriculture. Discussions focused on strategies for serving public and private interests through the intervention of innovations and options that will prepare us well for the future.
Small and Aboriginal Communities: Solutions that fit
Addressing the water management needs of smaller and aboriginal communities represents both a priority need and a major stumbling block for Canada and many other countries. Using conventional management solutions to support aboriginal, small and remote communities often does not fit and results in failure. Conventional solutions (technical, financial, governance) have been developed for larger centres in different cultural and geographic settings and their relevance to aboriginal, small and remote communities is questionable.
This conference track explored ways to catalyze progress via relevant innovations, recent initiatives and the potential for better application and results through ensuring an improved “fit” with community needs, cultures and the realities of local priorities.
Conference attendees included a diverse cross-section of industry, government and non-governmental decision-makers, as well as academic, government and industry researchers, water managers, consultants, economists and industry analysts.
Poster abstract guidelines
Please read the poster abstract guidelines carefully and use the abstract template to ensure consistent formatting. Poster abstracts must not exceed a single page. Text must be in 11 pt Times New Roman.
Write a concise title that adequately describes the poster in 20 words or less
Surnames first, followed by initials with senior author first. Underline the name of the presenting author if it is not the senior author. Identify author affiliations with superscript Arabic numerals.
The university or organization with whom the authors are affiliated. Please provide Department (if applicable), Institution, City and Province only.
Primary theme area – does this research primarily address
* It is understood that some projects will naturally span more than one area, however we ask you to identify one area only.
Include a brief (maximum two sentences) description of the nature of the opportunity and/or outcomes of your work in the context of the identified theme.
Indicate Receptor Group(s) for which you feel your research/outputs would have the greatest relevance and value. i.e., water policy makers, water managers, industry (specify nature), other directed research programs, etc.
The abstract must be one paragraph of 300 words or less, providing a brief overview of the nature of the research or initiative
Provide a brief description (max. 100 words) of the anticipated outcome of the research being described. How do you expect it to be utilized, by whom, and to achieve what objectives/address what issues? How you feel your work highlights particular possibilities that exist for progress and innovation in water management.
List up to 5 keywords or phrases that best describe the research
Poster Competition – Only students will be considered for the Student Poster Competition
Please include a single line at the bottom of the page indicating that you wish to be considered in the Student Poster Competition.
Deadline for Poster Abstract Submission
Poster abstract submission deadline was 11:00 pm on December 12, 2014. We confirmed receipt of the abstracts within two business days.
Notification of acceptance of abstracts was sent by e-mail on or before January 8, 2015.
Criteria for Evaluating Submissions
The conference abstract review committee reviewed abstracts for clarity, impact and their anticipated relevance to conference participants.
Guidelines for Posters (if your abstract is accepted)
All accepted poster presenters must adhere to the following guidelines.
- Presenters must be registered attendees of the conference.
- Preparation, printing and transport of accepted posters are the responsibility of the presenters.
- Set-up and removal are the presenter’s responsibility. Posters may be set up of the afternoon of Monday, March 9, and no later than 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, March 9th, and must be removed on the afternoon of Thursday, March 12th at the end of the conference.
- Posters dimensions must not exceed 46 inches by 46 inches – Under no circumstances will larger dimensions be permitted.
- Formatting is at the discretion of the presenter; however, the poster should be easily read from at least one metre away. Consequently, a font size in the:
- title of at least 72 point (~17 mm)
- author names of at least 48 point (~12 mm)
- author affiliations of at least 36 point (~8 mm), and
- in text of at least 20 point (~5 mm) would be appropriate.
- Poster boards, push pins and velcro pads will be available at the conference.
- All posters presenting work funded by CWN must display the CWN logo on the poster. We also suggest including a photograph of the presenting author in the poster (or displayed next to the poster) and providing handouts and business cards to promote recognition and facilitate networking.
- Often with posters, “less is more”. Minimizing written text by using bullet points or short phrases is effective. The judicious use of large and easily interpreted graphs, diagrams, and photographs often enhances the visual appeal of a poster while effectively conveying ideas. Presenters are responsible for their own materials.
- Please submit a high resolution photo and email address. Your photo and contact information will be available at your presentation area along with on the conference website post conference.
The official poster sessions will take place during the evening of Wednesday, March 11 prior to the banquet dinner and, during which time the presenting authors must be available at their poster for questions and discussion. In addition, the posters will be available for viewing throughout much of the conference and we encourage you to use the opportunities afforded by coffee breaks and networking periods to maximize the interaction with interested conference participants.
Please note that pictures will be taken during this time. By presenting at the Poster Session, you give extend permission to have yourself photographed and potentially used in future CWN promotional material.