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  • Apply to present at The Beaches Conference slated for June 10

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    The Great Bay Stewards serves on the Planning and Communications Committees for The Beaches Conference, and wants to be sure you know of this unique opportunity. Do YOU care about beaches and other vulnerable coastlines? If so, read on. If you don't think you're the right candidate, you might know who is. Send this to them!
     

    The Beaches Conference
    Understanding our changing Maine and N.H. Beaches and Coast
    June 10, Berwick Academy, South Berwick, Maine
     
     
    The Beaches Conference is designed to inspire learning, appreciation, and awareness, and promote informed decision-making and actions on our changing beaches and coasts. The event fosters the exchange of scientific, cultural, and experiential knowledge from diverse interests. Please join us in building and celebrating the partnerships needed to support long-term beach and coastal monitoring, management, and stewardship.
     
    Who should consider joining us as a presenter?
     
    If you care about beaches and other vulnerable coastlines, you are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, field trip, or other forum. To be more specific, we invite proposals from:
    *Aquaculturists    *Artists     *Attorneys     *Beach monitors     *Business owners & employees     *Coastal residents     *Commercial ocean harvesters     *Consultants     *Environmental groups     *People engaged at any level of government     *Indigenous peoples     *Nonprofit/community organization     *Real estate professionals     *Recreational beach users     *Seasonal residents & visitors     *Scientists     *Students     *Teachers     *Those affected by climate change     *Tourism industry    *Youth     * Anyone who has never shared their experiences or opinions at a conference
     
    Conference Themes
    • Beach, Coastal and Ecological Monitoring – What’s Next?
    • Coastal Management and Policy for the 21st Century
    • Coastal Tourism Today and Tomorrow
    • Community Engagement in Coastal Science
    • Examining the Past to Chart the Future
    • Harvesting from the sea – Science, Successes, and Lessons Learned
    • I Speak for the Seas – Sustaining Coastal Ecosystems
    • Innovation and Bold Ideas for the Coast
    • Our Changing Coastline – what’s happening, why, and what to do
    • What does Community Resilience look like as waters warm, seas rise, and storms intensify?
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    To submit your proposals
    Submit a Proposal and Share Your Ideas at the Conference The due date to submit your proposals is Dec. 13, 2021. For questions, contact Kristen Grant, Program Committee Chair at kngrant@maine.edu or at (207) 646-1555 ext. 115. If submitting multiple proposals, please provide the information for each proposal in a separate email/online submission. Or, download and complete the proposal form here and email (as an attached PDF) to Kristen Grant, Program Committee Chair, at kngrant@maine.edu
     
    Review of your proposals
    The conference steering committee will review proposals and notify you by mid-February. If your idea has been accepted, the steering committee will ask that you inform us by mid-March if you will be joining us.
     
    Registration
    All those with accepted proposals will have their registration fee reduced to $25. Students K – 16 who are presenting are asked to pay the student registration fee of $10. Registration fees are waived for beach monitoring volunteers. Scholarship available.
     
    Precautions
    The Beaches Conference 2022 will abide by current CDC guidelines to protect conference participants from exposure to COVID-19.
     
     
    Thank you for your interest -- The Beaches Conference Steering Committee