Great Lakes, Local Solutions

43rd International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society

October 22–26, 2023 • Erie, Pennsylvania

At the time when climate change, invasive species risks, and cultural pressures threaten the natural environment and biodiversity of our fragile ecosystem, the opportunity to highlight and mesh the State of Pennsylvania and its rich diversity of aquatic habitats is long overdue.

The Pennsylvania Lake Management Society is proud to welcome the 2023 North American Lake Management Society Conference to Lake Erie. As we endeavor to highlight our Great Lakes, Local Solutions agenda, Erie Pennsylvania provides the opportunity to explore Presque Isle State Park, a National Natural Landmark and The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, while indulging in the amenities of the Bayfront Convention Center and all that Erie has to offer.


Prospective Program

Beginning Monday, October 23, presentations will be organized into themed tracks and sessions. We encourage oral and poster presentations on any aspect of lake and reservoir management, but especially invite valuable insights on the following:

  • HABs Management in Watersheds and Near Shore Areas
  • Stormwater and Wastewater Infrastructure in Lakes
  • Multi Regional Climate Outlooks and Strategies
  • Urban and Suburban Lakes
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Science Communication
  • Environmental Justice
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Remote Sensing
  • Fisheries
  • eDNA
  • & Other Lake Management Issues


Special Sessions

If you are interested in developing a special session on another topic, please contact the program committee chairs no later than April 14, 2023. Sessions should consist of at least 4 presentations, or 3 presentations and a panel discussion.


General Presentation Information

  • We will prioritize oral presentations that describe completed or well-advanced studies with lab and/or field data. We encourage presentations that also project future challenges and advances in lake management. However, we discourage presentations that solely describe future projects, or which do not include data. We will make special arrangements for exhibitor presentations and/or that consist primarily of vendor information.
  • NALMS does not endorse specific products or services. Thus, any poster or presentation must include disclosure(s) of any and all relevant relationship(s) with: i) any and all corporations or ii) commercial product(s), iii) method(s), and iv) trade or brand name(s). The submitted abstract of an oral or poster presentation that includes such disclosure(s) shall also include the following wording: “The author(s) of this abstract has/have a financial interest in the (insert i through iv, as applicable) described.”
  • We require PowerPoint files for all oral presentations. We will provide laptop computers and projectors. Presentation computers are not guaranteed to have internet access or sound output available. Presentations should be prepared accordingly.
  • We discourage use of embedded video and audio files. Under no circumstances will presenters be allowed to go beyond their allotted time due to malfunctioning video or audio files.
  • Oral presentations will be allotted 20 minutes, including time for questions.
  • All presenters are highly encouraged to provide a recorded version of their presentation prior to the conference. Recordings will be available to all attendees during the conference and for 6 months after the conference.
  • We encourage abstract submissions for poster sessions. All posters will be displayed throughout the symposium in landscape format. Display areas will accommodate posters up to 4’ × 8’ (1.2 m × 2.4 m).
  • Students making oral or poster presentations as primary authors will be considered for student awards.
  • All presenters of accepted abstracts must register for the symposium no later than September 1, 2023. NALMS does not waive registration fees for presenters.


General Abstract Information

  • Abstracts are due by April 28, 2023 May 12, 2023. Abstracts received after the deadline may be rejected or reassigned from oral to poster presentations.
  • We accept abstracts only via the NALMS website ( Abstracts must include the following information, as specified.
  • Title: Accurately summarize the subject of the presentation.
  • Keywords: Provide no more than three (3) one- or two-word keywords for your presentation such as ‘Alum’ or ‘Algal Toxin.’
  • Authors: Provide names and affiliations of all authors. NOTE: Indicate if the primary author is a student so the presentation may be considered for student awards.
  • Text: State the purpose, significant findings, and main conclusions of the work. Avoid statements like “Results will be presented“ and “Implications will be discussed.” Provide a concise summary of results and implications. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words; those in excess of 250 words may be truncated. Abstracts selected for either oral or poster presentations will be available to conference attendees.
  • Format: Indicate your presentation preference (oral, poster, or either).
Submit Your Abstract