NALMS 2019 Call for Special Sessions & Workshops

The 2019 North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) symposium will be held in Burlington, Vermont on November 10-15. This symposium traditionally brings together a wide spectrum of lake researchers, managers and enthusiasts. Presentations cover the range of limnological and watershed topics, addressing science, economics and institutional aspects of lake management. Groups of 3-4 presentations are given sequentially in a session of 90 minutes, with 3-4 sessions in a daily track and 5 concurrent tracks. Topics may extend through multiple sessions on one or more days, targeting November 12-14, 2019.

Technical Sessions: Topics are not restricted, but there is strong interest in sessions related to information on northeastern lake topics, updates and emerging information in remote sensing technologies and applications, harmful algal blooms, aquatic invasive species, lake browning, nutrient and salt impacts, effects of extreme events, watershed management successes, fishery management, water supply management, assessment of large lakes, paleolimnology, use of long-term data sets, regional lake monitoring network development, source water protection, volunteer monitoring and the role of protected species in lake and watershed management decisions.

Volunteer/Layperson Sessions: We are also interested in developing tracks of more general lake and watershed management topics, as we plan to include registration options for volunteer monitors and those looking for useful information relayed in a less technical manner over a condensed timeframe (one session day and one workshop day). Sessions could include the basics of monitoring, what my data mean, lake and watershed management options, and topics related to formation of lake/watershed associations.

Workshops: Workshops are normally held before and/or after the 3 days of contributed concurrent sessions and may be full or half day. Workshop topics address practical issues such as algae identification and control, internal phosphorus recycling, phosphorus interception and inactivation, water quality modeling, and specific monitoring or management techniques. Workshops may involve classroom, lab and/or field activities and provide more in-depth coverage of a topic in a manner that equips participants to be more effective in lake management. Workshops may target lay or technical audiences and would likely be held on November 10, 11 and/or 15, 2019.

Organizers of special sessions or workshops take the lead in organizing the session, soliciting specific presentations to round out the topic(s) of their choice, and often will serve as session chair/moderator for the sessions on site during the conference (and also designate additional moderators, as appropriate based on number of session).

If you wish to organize a special session or workshop, please send specific information to the 2019 Symposium Program Co-Chairs Amy Smagula ( and Ken Wagner ( Be sure to include the title of the session for presentations or the workshop, name(s) of the organizer(s), contact information for organizer(s), and a brief description of the topic. Include an anticipated number of presentations and any specific presentations and presenters you might target. For workshops, indicate full (8am to 5pm) or half day (8am to 12pm and/or 1pm to 5pm) duration and any restrictions on the number of attendees.

A call for presentations is normally issued by NALMS in late January of the year of the symposium, so proposals to organize special sessions should be received by January 15, 2019.

Ken Wagner and Amy Smagula
NALMS 2019 Program Committee Co-Chairs