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Thank you to all who attended SFS 2017 in Raleigh. Plan now to attend SFS 2018 in Detroit, Michigan, May 20 - 24, 2018.

2018 - DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA

May 20 - 24, 2018



    

Navigating Boundaries in Freshwater Science

In freshwater science and its applications, boundaries and divisions can be paradoxical. On the one hand, freshwater scientists must bridge boundaries in nature (e.g., land-water, groundwater-surface water, lake-stream, freshwater-marine), connect disciplines (e.g., earth-life-social sciences) and cross cultural divides to advance basic understanding, open new lines of investigation, and address humankind's most pressing problems. Moreover, solutions to environmental challenges require improved translation of science and a richer, reciprocal linkage across boundaries between science and society. On the other hand, boundaries are important; absolute integration yields homogenization. Much as decades of research reveal the value of environmental heterogeneity, a more vibrant and relevant freshwater science community requires increased disciplinary and socio-cultural diversity. Our challenge, then, is navigating boundaries and understanding them, not eliminating them. The SFS of the future will be defined by its treatment of such dynamic tensions, as, indeed, seems likely for human societies in general.

Our goal is to focus the SFS community on navigating and understanding boundaries during our 64th annual meeting. In some respects this is an old theme for our society, but it is also one with many important new dimensions appropriate to the place and time of this meeting. Positioned on a river linking lakes and encompassing an international border, the city of Detroit also has its own history of socio-cultural diversity, boundaries, and divisions, providing a rich, heterogeneous geographic and cultural context for our gathering. The meeting's program will emphasize science focused on crossing habitat boundaries and linking disciplines, increase participation and perspectives connecting nations and cultures to address freshwater challenges, and guide us toward a more purposeful relationship between science and society to improve translation of the SFS community's science, education and service into action. In keeping with this theme and unique context, meeting activities will emphasize the sources of inspiration shared by our community, as well as our growing disciplinary and socio-cultural diversity.

SFS 2018 Meeting Organizers
Program Chair: David Walters and Jeff Wesner

Local Arrangements Chair:
Donna Kashian

(with help from Colden Baxter and Amy Marcarelli, President and Vice President)

Program Committee Members
Jay Zarnetske, Scott Tiegs, Laura Craig, Jen Tank
Local Arrangements Committee Members
Steve Francouer, Eric Benbow, Peter Levi, Darrin Hunt, Al Steinman, David Costello
What's New
  • Making Waves Podcast Episode 26: Carbon Fates, Dr. Erin Hotchkiss more
  • Does Cultural Diversity Matter to Scientific Societies? Read the President's Environment more
  • SFS Student Presentation Awards! more
  • In the drift just fell into your sampler! The Spring 2015 Newsletter is here! more
  • Making Waves Podcast Episode 14: Nitrogen Fixation in a Warming World, Dr. Jill Welter more
  • The President's Environment: What's New? more
  • Request to Increase Freshwater Science Access Fees more
BENTHOS News
  • Longtime SFS member and Oregon State University professor Dr. Norman Anderson passed away January 13, 2018.

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  • 4th International Symposium of the Benthological Society of Asia and 2nd Youth Freshwater Ecology School August 19-25, 2018

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  • 2018 Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM) in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA: 28-30 March 2018.

     

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  • The deadline to submit proposals for AQUATROP Special Sessions or Symposiums is now November 17, 2017

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  • SFS joins CASS in condemning silencing of EPA scientists

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