This year’s Illinois Water Conference is coming up in September, and will be held on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. Here’s the announcement and request for proposals: 

“This is an invitation to submit proposals for sessions at the 2012 Illinois Water Conference, to be held September 24-25 at the Illini Union, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Over the last 14 years, this biennial conference has drawn agency personnel, academics, students, educators and community members from across the state for a glimpse at the latest scientific discoveries related to our water systems.
Proposals for such sessions are hereby solicited. A session’s proposal should identify a coherent topic that can be addressed by four to five papers. 

Session Format: Sessions will be scheduled concurrently for 90-minute periods. Your proposed session should follow the format of four to five 12-minute presentations with 6 minutes each for questions or time for a panel discussion.

Session Chair Responsibilities: We do not require that session speakers be finalized with this proposal, though you may propose speakers in your application. Following this short session proposal phase, a wider call for papers and student posters will be announced. As a session chair, we anticipate you will reach out to your colleagues to submit papers to your session. We will work collaboratively with you to finalize your session roster.

How to Submit a Proposal: Please complete the application linked below and submit it by email to Jennifer Wilson ( by Friday, April 6. The organizing committee will evaluate each proposal. You will be notified regarding the status of your session proposal by Friday, April 13.”

You can download the session proposal application here, and review additional information and past sessions topics here.