Current Conference - University Council on Water Resources

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is open!  Online registration available here.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Abstract submission has closed.  

EXHIBITORS/SPONSORS

Exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities are available.  Learn more here

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE  *Tentative - subject to change

LODGING 

The conference is being held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida.  A block of rooms has been reserved.  You are encouraged to book your room now.  Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.  The deadline for making reservations at the special group rate is Friday, May 20, 2016.  Learn more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL INFORMATION (flights and shuttle service)

POST-CONFERENCE FIELD TRIP

Thursday, June 23:  Gulf Islands National Seashore - Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve - guided walk, interpretive center and seining for marine life.  $15.00 registration fee. 

FUN RUN/WALK

Wednesday, June 22, 6:00 a.m.  No registration required. 

 

QUESTIONS?

Contact Melissa at the UCOWR headquarters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-536-7571. 

 

 

2016 UCOWR/NIWR CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
  Subject to change  
     
Monday, June 20: Early Registration 3:00 - 6:00 pm
     
Tuesday, June 21: Registration 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  Breakfast 7:30 am
  Conference Welcome/Plenary Session I 8:30 - 9:40 am
  Break 9:40 - 10:00 am
  Concurrent Technical Sessions 10:00 - 11:30 am
  Lunch on your own 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  UCOWR Delegate Business Luncheon 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  Concurrent Technical Sessions 1:00 - 2:05 pm
  Break 2:05 - 2:20 pm
  Concurrent Technical Sessions 2:20 - 3:25 pm
  Welcome Reception & Poster Session 6:00 - 7:30 pm
     
Wednesday, June 22: Fun Run/Walk 6:00 am
  Registration 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  Breakfast 7:30 am
  Plenary Session II 8:30 - 9:30 am
  Break 9:30 - 9:50 am
  Concurrent Technical Sessions 9:50 - 11:20 am
  Lunch on your own 11:20 am - 1:00 pm
  Student Career Panel (with lunch) 11:20 am - 1:00 pm
  Concurrent Technical Sessions 1:00 - 2:05 pm
  Break 2:05 - 2:20 pm
  Concurrent Technical Sessions 2:20 - 3:25 pm
  Awards Banquet 6:00 - 7:30 pm
     
Thursday, June 23: Breakfast 7:30 am
  Plenary Session III 8:30 - 9:45 am
  Break 9:40 - 10:00 am
  Concurrent Technical Sessions 10:00 - 11:30 am
  Lunch on your own 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  Post-Conference Field Trip 1:30 - 4:30 pm
     
     
See you next year in Fort Collins, Colorado!

 

CONFERENCE HOTEL

The conference is being held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida.  A block of rooms has been reserved.  You are encouraged to book your room now. This is an excellent room rate for the area and rooms are limited!  Rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following room rate is available to conference participants:

  • Standard room (non-ocean view):  $199 + tax 
  • Gulf-front room (ocean-view):  $219 + tax  (A limited # of ocean-view rooms are available)

Book your room online HERE or call the hotel at 850-916-2999 (ask for Bridgette in Group Reservations).   The group code is 'UCO.'  *The conference rate is available 3 days pre- and post- the conference dates, based on hotel availability.

The deadline for making reservations at the special group rate is Friday, May 20, 2016.

Standard Bathroom

2 Queen Bed Ocean View

CAMPING

Fort Pickens Campground is located about 3.5 miles from the conference venue, Hilton Pensacola Beach.  Campground sites are $26/night (electric & water included).  For more information, visit their website.

 

Pensacola International Airport (PNS)

Major Airlines flying into Pensacola: American, Delta, Silver, Southwest, United, US Airways

Non-stop service from: Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Chicago, Washington DC, Charlotte & Atlanta

The conference venue, Hilton Pensacola Beach, is 13 miles from Pensacola International Airport.  Get directions HERE.  The average taxi fare to the conference venue is $30.  There are various taxi services at the airport.  If you prefer a shuttle service, this company is recommended by the conference venue - The Airport Connection ($35 one way - shuttles can be pre-arranged online).  

QUESTIONS?

Contact Melissa at the UCOWR headquarters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 618-536-7571.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Gulf Coast maritime forest ecosystems and the marine life that calls Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound home.
 
A guided tour of the interpretive center will be followed by an easy hike.  Plant and animal species found in the Gulf Islands National Sea Shore will be highlighted along the path and questions answered about this unique ecosystem.  Dr. Alexis Janosik, University of West Florida, will provide a session on marine life and current research conducted along the Gulf of Mexico.  Field trip participants will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with marine life through seining of near shore waters.
 
 

Gulf Islands’ Sites & Sounds:  Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi.  From its sandy beaches to its maritime forests, Gulf Islands is a place like no other.  Take a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk and see some of the plants and animals that call the seashore home.

Seagrass Safari: An Interactive Exploration of Our Coastal Nurseries:  The emerald green waters that surround Gulf Islands National Seashore are delicate, dynamic habitats teaming with life.  Wade into the water and learn more about the creatures that call this area home.  

Registration Fee:  $15.00 (includes bus transportation)  Please select the field trip option during the online registration process to reserve your spot. 

* Participants should wear comfortable shoes, preferably close toe, hat, sunscreen, and bring drinking water.

* If you would like to help seine, wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet.

* Bring binoculars to take advantage of birding opportunities.

* Handicap accessible walking tour is available - please let us know if this is needed.

Limited to 45 participants.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are available at the 2016 UCOWR/NIWR Conference.

EXHIBITORS

Exhibitor Registration Fee:  $1,300

  • 6-foot draped table and two chairs
  • Complimentary registration for one booth attendant
  • Additional booth attendants may register for $300
  • Electricity at exhibit table:  $50
  • Deadline for exhibitor registration:  Friday, April 15, 2016

SPONSOR LEVELS

Diamond:  $10,000  (UCOWR Awards Banquet Sponsor)

  • Sponsorship in banquet name
  • Full-page, inner cover ad with logo in conference and Awards Banquet programs
  • Logo prominently displayed on UCOWR conference website
  • Insert materials (provided by sponsor) placed in registrant packets
  • Materials displayed on sponsor literature table
  • Sponsorship signage displayed at Registration and Awards Banquet
  • Three (3) complimentary conference registrations 

Platinum:  $5,000  (Welcome Reception Sponsor)

  • Sponsorship in welcome reception name
  • Full page ad with logo in conference program
  • Logo prominently displayed on UCOWR conference website
  • Materials displayed on sponsor literature table
  • Sponsorship signage displayed during conference welcome reception
  • Two (2) complimentary conference registrations

Gold:  $3,000  (Breakfast Sponsor)

  • Sponsorship signage displayed at all conference breakfasts
  • Logo and half page ad in conference program
  • Logo on UCOWR conference website
  • Materials displayed on sponsor literature talbe
  • One (1) complimentary conference registration

Silver:  $2,000  (Refreshment Break Sponsor)

  • Sponsorship signage displayed during refreshment breaks
  • Logo in conference program and on UCOWR conference website
  • One (1) complimentary conference registration

Bronze:  $1,000  (Poster Session Sponsor)

  • Sponsorship signage displayed during poster session 
  • Logo in conference program and on UCOWR conference website

Friend:  $500-$999  (General Conference Support)

  • Logo in conference program and on UCOWR conference website

Gift:  $100-$450

  • Name in conference program and logo on UCOWR conference website

 

EXHIBITOR/SPONSOR REGISTRATION FORM 

Questions?  Contact Melissa Pind at 618-536-7571 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TO REGISTER: 

  • Mail registration form (above) and payment to address on the form; 
  • Fax form with credit card information to 618-453-2671; or
  • Call Melissa at 618-536-7571 to pay with a credit card over the phone.

Join us on Wednesday, June 22, at 6:00 a.m. for an informal fun run/walk.  This will be an opportunity to socialize with other conference participants in a fun, active, informal setting.  No registration is necessary -- just show up!  More details will be posted soon.