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2017 Coastal Science Symposium Presentation and Poster Guidelines

2015 Coastal Science Symposium

We are pleased you will be participating in the 2017 Florida Sea Grant Coastal Science Symposium. These guidelines are provided for those who have been asked to provide oral presentations and poster presentations.

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Abstracts due -- Tuesday, August 15, 2017
PowerPoints of oral presentations due -- Thursday, September 14, 2017
Poster file (if you are not bringing your printed-out poster in hand) due -- Thursday, September 14, 2017


If you have been asked to give an oral or poster presentation at the Coastal Science Symposium the first step is to submit an abstract that describes the relevance, response and results of your work. These abstracts will be printed in the symposium’s program guide.

The specific guidelines for abstract formatting are provided in these DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS (pdf). A sample abstract is included.

Please email your abstract to Florida Sea Grant c/o Melissa Macarages ( by Tuesday, August 15, 2017. For questions, please contact Melissa Macarages or Charles Sidman by email ( or by phone (352) 392-5870.


Oral presentations are grouped into three topical sessions: resilient communities, fisheries, aquaculture and healthy coastal environments.. Each session has three speakers, followed by a 15-minute Q&A period. You have 15 minutes to give your talk. Please limit your presentation to 10 to 12 slides and divide the talk into the same three sections that you used in the abstract, i.e., relevance, response and results.

Please email the Power Point file of your presentation to Melissa Macarages ( by Tuesday, September 14, 2017.

PowerPoint slide template (PowerPoint zipped)


We ask that every Sea Grant Extension Agent and Specialist and every graduate student supported with scholarship funds in 2016 develop and display a poster on their outreach program or a successful project for the poster session. Invited researchers may also ask a graduate student to contribute a poster.

Please bring your printed-out poster with you to the symposium. We will provide backboards and push pins for the display, so there is no need for lamination or mounting. If you do not have funds to print your poster, please email a pdf of the poster file to Melissa Macarages ( by Tuesday, September 14, 2017, and we will print one for you.

Poster template and sample, landscape format (PowerPoint zipped)

Poster template and sample, portrait format (PowerPoint zipped)

Here are a few examples of posters from the 2015 science symposium.

Oyster Gardening        Goliath grouper        Macrofauna_Florida State


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