10 September 2018

Register now for the BES LTER 20th Anniversary Meeting

Dear Members, Collaborators, and Friends of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study,

You are invited and encouraged to attend the 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) Long-Term Ecological Research Program. Events include the BES Graduate Student Symposium and Social Hour on 23 October, the Research Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, 24-25 October, and the BES Community Open House on 24 October.

The BES Graduate Student Symposium, the first event of the Annual Meeting, is an opportunity for students to informally share their BES research with each other and veteran BES Investigators, network, and explore possibilities to collaborate. Location: Hotel Indigo, James Ryder Rydall Room, Baltimore, MD.
The Symposium will be followed by a BES Social at Maisy’s. The Social is an opportunity for students and researchers to engage in a casual neighborhood setting. Light fare and soft drinks provided. Cash bar for all other beverages.

The Research Conference shares updates and results of project investigations with all BES collaborators, interested researchers, educators, local, state and federal agency representatives, media, and community members. We are fortunate this year to have Dr. Nancy Grimm, Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology, Arizona State University and Co-Director, Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network give the Keynote speech. Location: University of Baltimore, Learning Commons Town Hall & Lobby, 1415 Maryland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201

The Community Open House is a casual event co-hosted by BES and the Parks & People Foundation to share BES research with Baltimore residents. This year's Open House theme is Urban Sustainability Innovations. We will be highlighting local work and providing an opportunity for Baltimore-based projects to share their information. We are pleased to be holding this year’s Open House at the American Visionary Art Museum, Sculpture Barn and Wildflower Garden, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. Attendees will have access to the main collection of the museum for the duration of the event. Complimentary refreshments, including small bites and soft drinks will be served. Local brewery RavenBeer will be pouring their beer and ale for attendees 21 and older.
23 October
3:00 pm: Graduate Student Symposium (Hotel Indigo)
5:00 – 7:00 pm BES Social (Maisy’s)

24 October – Research Conference Day 1 (University of Baltimore)
8:15 am: Check-in and Breakfast
8:45 am: Welcome
9:00 am: Keynote
9:30 am: Researchers presentations – Session I
10:15 am: Break
10:30 am: Session 1 continues
11:30 am: Poster lightning round
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Awards Presentation
1:15 pm: Poster session
3:30 pm: Researchers presentations – Session II
4:30 pm: End Day 1
5:30 – 7:30 pm: Community Open House (AVAM).

25 OctoberResearch Conference Day 2
8:15 am: Check-in and Breakfast
8:45 am: Welcome
9:00 am: Remarks
9:30 am: Researchers presentations – Session I
10:30 am: Break
10:45: Session 1 continues
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Researchers presentations – Session II
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm: Session II continues
4:30 pm: End Conference

There is no fee to attend these meetings but registration is requested and necessary to order your meals.
Please register by 10/10/18.

Research Conference Meals:
Coffee will be available for all attendees. Breakfast and lunch will be available onsite both days. Please register and pay for your meals in advance - we cannot guarantee the availability of meals if you have not paid in advance. You are not required to purchase meals to attend the Research Conference.

Meal options:
No meals
Day 1 breakfast and lunch: $20.00
Day 2 breakfast and lunch: $ 20.00
Both days (all meals): $40.00
Descriptions of the meals are included on the registration form. Please note: all food is vegetarian with some vegan options.
Payment: You may pay by credit card via the registration form (which goes through PayPal) or by check payable to "Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies." If paying by check, please register by selecting the “No meals” option and indicate your meal option with your payment. Mail checks (with requested meal option) to Maribeth Rubenstein, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, PO Box AB, Millbrook, NY 12545.

Research presentations
If you have gathered research as a part of or particularly relevant to, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, you are invited to present a 15-minute talk or a poster summarizing your results.

Talks: Please submit your abstract of no more than 250 words by Friday, 28 September. The abstracts will be published on the BES website. You can include one graphic or table with your abstract using the BES Dropbox link. Please submit your abstract electronically using the online formThis is a strict deadline, so be sure your abstract is submitted and acknowledged by 28 September. The number of talks accepted will be limited by the time slots available.

Posters: You are welcome to bring your posters and put them up Wednesday morning, prior to the start of the meeting. Poster presenters are invited to contribute to the “lightning round” by sharing a single slide of the poster and speaking for a maximum of two minutes about the poster, before lunch on Wednesday. More in-depth discussion can take place with presenters at their poster following lunch. Please register your poster and submit your abstract and upload your poster sample for the lightning round by 28 September.

Upload all presentation and poster files to the BES Dropbox by Friday, 19 October. You will not be able to use your own laptop for your presentation. If you are unable to load your talk by 19 October, please download onto a PC compatible jump drive.

A special thanks to our friends at Mahan Rykiel and Biohabitats for providing sponsorship of this year's Annual Meeting and to RavenBeer for providing beverages at the Community Open House.

The meeting agenda will be posted on the BES News blog prior to the meeting. Programs including the agenda will be available at all BES Annual Meeting events.

Emma J. Rosi
Director, Baltimore Ecosystem Study
NSF Long-Term Ecological Research

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