The Call for Abstracts is Closed
- Selection Notification: Week of August 2, 2021
- CASQA will email selection results (both selected and not-selected) to the primary speakers of technical presentations, the poster-only presenters, and the submitters of panels and training workshops
Abstract submissions for a presentation, poster, panel, or training workshop are now being accepted for the 2021 CASQA Annual Conference.
Please read all of the information below before submitting your abstract via the appropriate link provided at the bottom of this page.
On this page you can find information on the following:
- Abstract submittal process including dates & deadlines
- General conference information
- Conference track development
- Presentation / session type definitions
- Abstract submission requirements and guidelines
- Speaker, panelist, and poster presenter registration
- How to submit your abstract
IMPORTANT: For complete information and instructions please review these documents:
Abstract Submittal Process
The Call for Abstracts is open to 20-minute technical presentations, posters, 60-minute panel discussions, and 2-hour or 3-hour training workshops. Presentation / session type definitions are provided below. To integrate the conference, all presentation / session types will be incorporated throughout the conference agenda. The Conference Program track teams will review all submissions. All sessions will be conducted live and will not be pre-recorded.
At the bottom of this page are two different abstract submittal form links depending on the presentation / session type for which you are submitting:
Link 1: Technical Presentation or Poster
Link 2: Panel or Training Workshop
- IMPORTANT: Allow plenty of time to complete the online abstract submittal form. Do not wait until 11:30 AM on the last day!
- Abstracts not submitted by the deadline will not be reviewed or selected.
- CASQA will email selection results (both selected and not-selected) to the primary speakers of technical presentations, the poster-only presenters, and the submitters of panels and training workshops.
- At the discretion of the Conference Program Team, abstracts may be selected for a different category / track, type, or length than for that submitted.
- Following selection notifications, further instructions will be sent to speakers, panelists, and poster presenters.
General Conference Information
The CASQA Annual Conference offers in-depth learning opportunities and discussions on a wide range of stormwater and water management topics, with a focus around the conference theme. The Plenary Session will officially kick off the conference with our Welcome Remarks, CASQA Awards Announcement, and Keynote Address. Conference thematic technical presentations, training workshops, and panels following multiple concurrent tracks will be presented by leading stormwater practitioners from across California and the world.
2021 CASQA Annual Conference Theme
Recovery & Resilience: Achieving Sustainable Stormwater Management
“Resilience is not bouncing back from adversity, but bouncing through it.” - LaRae Quy
Now, more than ever, resilience is vital as we deal with a changing climate and more extreme wildfires, floods and droughts, recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and shifting governmental priorities, among other issues. For stormwater management, there are so many necessary ingredients in the mix to attain sustainability - we need forward thinking policies, appropriate and achievable permits, environmentally sound solutions, sufficient funding, good science, public awareness and support, collaboration on improved solutions, and opportunities, like the CASQA conference, to share all our best ideas and lessons learned. Join us, submit your abstracts, and share your knowledge and experience as part of the 2021 CASQA Conference program - we look forward to hearing from you!
Tanya Bilezikjian and Sharon Gosselin, 2021 Conference Subcommittee Co-chairs
- Two-day virtual conference: Tuesday 10/26 - Wednesday 10/27
- Multi-track technical presentations, panels, and training workshops will be live-streamed per the conference agenda, including live Q&A with the presenters.
- All sessions will be recorded and available on-demand post the live event to conference registrants through the end of 2021. This will provide maximum flexibility and greater educational and professional development opportunities for registrants, who can view the live stream as well as access approximately 73 hours of recorded technical content in their own time.
- The virtual exhibit hall will provide attendees with the opportunity to interface with exhibitors and explore innovative goods, services, and ideas:
- Attendees will be able to speak live one-to-one with a representative or make an appointment for a later date/time
- Included will be an exhibitor-sponsored prize drawing for attendees who visit a set number of exhibit spaces
- Networking opportunities
Track development for the 2021 CASQA Annual Conference will be different from prior years. Abstracts will be submitted under the four Guiding Principles of the CASQA Vision for Sustainable Stormwater Management, along with an additional category for topics that may expand beyond the four main categories. The intent is to create a more inclusive call for abstracts, without limiting topics due to pre-determined track themes. After the close of the abstract submittal period, tracks will be developed based on the submissions. We want to hear your ideas and interesting projects related to stormwater, regardless of whether they explicitly tie to an abstract submission category.
Abstract Submission Categories
1. Program Implementation
This category is focused on projects and programs that use stormwater as a resource, protect water quality and beneficial uses, and efficiently minimize pollution. Topics may be related, but not limited to, municipal, industrial, or construction programs; monitoring; BMP design and implementation; trash, source control, planning or any other element of stormwater program implementation.
2. Permits, Regulations, and Legislation
This category is focused on stormwater permits, regulations, and legislation needed to focus on effectiveness and desired outcomes that support sustainable stormwater management. Topics may include, but not limited to, permit renewals, updates from regulators, discussions of future policy and legislative initiatives, examples of innovative ways that regulatory obligations can be met, and updates from legal experts.
3. Public Education
This category is focused on public awareness and understanding required to support sustainable stormwater management. Topics may include, but are not limited to, sharing experiences creating and implementing innovative stormwater outreach campaigns, building community to foster a sense of stewardship, using social media as an outreach tool, reaching school-age children with programs in or out of the classroom, or measuring effectiveness.
This category is focused on financial investment required to achieve sustainable stormwater management. Topics may include, but are not limited to, stormwater program infrastructure funding and financing, both public and private, and asset management.
5. Additional Topics
This category is intended to capture topics outside of the four Guiding Principles of the CASQA Vision for Sustainable Stormwater. Examples include, but are not limited to, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); scientific studies; new technologies; emerging contaminants; data management/GIS; modeling.
Presentation / Session Type Definitions
Technical Presentation: A 20-minute oral presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A. The presentation is limited to one primary speaker. Due to time constraints we suggest limiting the number of supporting speakers to one, if any. Technical presentations will be grouped into 60-minute or 90-minute sessions based on related content within the Technical Program Tracks.
Poster: A research presentation that generally includes an Introduction and Background; Methods or Approach; Results; and the Conclusion and/or Discussion.
- Selected poster presenters will be sent detailed information about the required poster specifications (size, color, resolution, type size, fonts), file format and size, and components to include.
- Poster files will be posted in the virtual Poster Hall and downloadable by conference registrants.
- When submitting an abstract for poster consideration you will select one of the following options under ‘Presentation Type Preference’:
- Poster presentation for the poster session
- Both an oral presentation and a poster presentation
Panel: The abstract shall propose a 60-minute session featuring a panel of up to four subject matter experts responding to questions from a moderator on a specific subject, question, or issue affecting our field. CASQA will solicit audience questions prior to the panel. The moderator shall prepare their own questions to lead the discussion, as well as a brief opening statement (five minutes maximum) to introduce the panel and the subject. The panel is not a technical presentation, but rather a discussion of an issue or topic from multiple perspectives, and exploration of potential solutions.
Training Workshop: The abstract shall propose a 2-hour or 3-hour interactive training designed to include attendee participation and engagement. The training workshop lead / moderator will prepare concepts and techniques to be presented and discussed through a combination of visual materials, interactive tools or equipment, and demonstrations. This may include take-home assignments or readings prior to the session.
Note: We suggest a maximum of six (6) panelists / speakers for a 2-hour or 3-hour training workshop.
Abstract Submission Requirements and Guidelines
IMPORTANT: For complete information and instructions please review these documents posted at the top of this web page:
Abstract Submission Requirements & Guidelines: Technical Presentation or Poster
Abstract Submission Requirements & Guidelines: Panel or Training Workshop
- By submitting an abstract, a speaker, or poster presenter, agrees to prepare PowerPoint slides and make an oral presentation or display a poster at the conference. Presentations (converted to .pdf and secured) will be made available on the CASQA website following the conference consistent with the publishing permissions required during the online abstract submittal process.
- Following submittal and selections, substitution of speakers, panelists, and poster presenters is not allowed without advance approval of the Conference Program Team.
- To be considered, an abstract (4,000-character maximum including spaces) must concisely describe the project, program, or study proposed for a presentation, poster, panel, or training workshop. Abstracts must be relevant to the conference theme and the category/track to which submitted. The abstract itself is the sole basis for selection; supplemental data will not be reviewed or accepted. Abstracts must meet all CASQA Abstract Submission Requirements.
Before starting the online abstract submittal form, be prepared to provide the following required information (not included in the 4,000-character limit). All panelist or training workshop speaker names and information must be provided at the time of submittal, or the submission will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
- The title of the technical presentation, poster, panel, or training workshop
- Whether submitting for a technical presentation, poster, panel, or training workshop
- Category/track to which you are submitting (e.g., Program Implementation)
- Name, job title, organization, and contact information for the submitter, the moderator (panels and training workshops), and all the panelists and/or speakers
- Name and organization of contributing author(s) for technical presentation and poster submissions
Primary Speaker, Panelist, and Poster Presenter Registration
Speaker, panelist, and poster presenter registration will open following abstract selections and speaker confirmations. CASQA offers a reduced conference fee for eligible speakers and panelists, as well as the CASQA Member discount. The following applies:
- Technical Presentation:
- The primary speaker is eligible for the speaker discount (the presentation is limited to one primary speaker).
- Supporting speakers who are not also a primary speaker or panelist in another session, are not eligible for the speaker discount and must pay the full Member or Non-Member general attendee fee.
- Panel or Training Workshop: All speakers or panelists are eligible for the speaker discount.
- Poster Presenters who are not also a primary speaker or panelist, are not eligible for the speaker discount and must pay the full Member or Non-Member general attendee fee.
- For this year's virtual conference, we are not offering a no-charge option for only attending during the session in which you are presenting. Note that all presentations will be recorded and available on-demand to conference registrants through the end of 2021. This is over 70 hours of technical content.
How to Submit Your Abstract
Please read all bullets before clicking one of the links below, which will take you to the online submittal form specific to the type of presentation / session for which you are submitting.
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- Do not use all capital letters when entering information on the online form; use both uppercase and lowercase as appropriate.
- Check the spelling of your abstract title, speaker / panelist names, job titles, organizations, and email addresses; mistakes in spelling can carry through to the agenda and conference program.
- Click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the online form once all tabs are complete. Please note that partial submissions will not be saved.
- Important: Upon submitting, you not receive a submittal confirmation email. confirmation message including your abstract ID number. Please make a note of it. You will