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GLIN==> Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 Conference update: Call for participation now online!

Submitted by Jesse Schomberg <jschombe@d.umn.edu>
Making a Great Lake Superior 2007:

A Conference Linking Research, Education, and Management
On the waterfront in
Duluth, MN October 29?31, 2007
Entertainment and Convention Center


First Call for Participation

Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 will allow researchers, land and resource managers, educators and basin residents to participate in interdisciplinary discussions about the most important issues facing Lake Superior.

Who will participate?

Restoring and protecting Lake Superior requires broad efforts and knowledge, and the conference is open for all to attend. Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 will incorporate presentations by individuals or groups involved in research, educational activities, or management in the Lake Superior watershed, including, but not limited to:

  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Government agencies
  • Tribes and First Nations
  • Communities
  • Citizen groups
  • Business and industry
  • Students
  • Local governments

Should you participate?

Yes! We need your input. Exciting things are happening in, around, and above Lake Superior. Protecting and restoring the Great Lakes is of binational importance as well as a regional priority. Research continues to provide important insights on ecosystem functions, the impacts of human activities, and effective ways to reduce those impacts. Outreach and education provide a vital link between basin residents and stakeholders, researchers, and lake managers within the Lake Superior Basin. The needs of basin communities and their residents are evolving as populations change and economic and cultural paradigms shift. Making a Great Lake Superior 2007 will unite people throughout the Lake Superior watershed in discussions about:

  • Integrating research results into effective protection and restoration of Lake Superior,
  • How management approaches and projects reflect priorities,
  • The information needs of land and resource managers, and how this information could best be provided,
  • The role of educators in ensuring that accurate information about Lake Superior is reaching the right audiences in the right way, and
  • The role of citizen groups in protecting Lake Superior.

Call for participation

The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration and the Lake Superior Binational Program?s Lakewide Management Plan (LaMP), provide a framework for Making a Great Lake Superior 2007. These documents identify priority issues and programs, including:

  • Water levels and withdrawals
  • Climate change
  • Invasive species
  • Toxic pollutants
  • Habitat conservation and species management
  • Human health and safety
  • Areas of Concern
  • Non-point source pollution/stormwater runoff
  • Sustainability
  • Watershed stewardship
  • GIS, Great Lakes Observing System, and information management

Conference organizers are seeking submissions for poster or oral presentations relevant to these priority issues. Appropriate topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Research specific to or with direct lessons for Lake Superior
  • Education or outreach programs directed at priority issues
  • Monitoring activities that illuminate problems or lead to solutions
  • Management approaches or projects that address priority issues
  • Management and policy decisions, their consequences, and implications
  • Example programs where research, education, and management have been successfully integrated

Submit project summaries/abstracts online here: http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior07

  • Deadline: June 15, 2007
  • Word limit: 250
  • Include: Project or program description (who, what, where, when, how, why), and outcomes.
  • Authors will be notified by the end of July of acceptance.

Guiding Documents: