Alabama Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium

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Present and learn more about the state of our coastal environment

The purpose of the Bays and Bayous Symposium is to bring together a broad array of scientists, resource managers, policy makers, and business and industry interests from throughout the southeast region of the U.S. to promote information exchange and networking related to coastal issues that impact long-term sustainability. The goals of the symposium are to:

  • Provide a scientific overview and on the ground perspective of the state of our knowledge and activities addressing the water quality, living resources, habitat management, human impacts, and citizen stewardship challenges of the northern Gulf of Mexico;
  • Explore how the economy, ecosystem, community and culture each play a role in maintaining northern Gulf coast resilience;
  • Learn about what environmental factors put stress on local economies, ecosystems, heritage and culture, and communities; and
  • Inspire how to best balance environmental protection with human uses of our natural resources.

The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is pleased to host the 2018 Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, AL. The Symposium is a biennial event held alternately in Mississippi and Alabama to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the state of our coastal environment.

Established in 1979 as Alabama’s Bays, Bayous and Beaches Symposium. It was held again in 1987, widening the scope of the 1979 event to include the economic importance of coastal waters, educational programs, and habitat restoration. In 1995, the Symposium expanded its audience to include local industry and government with topics that included water quality, watershed management, government cooperation and citizen involvement. Shortly after the 1995 event, Mobile Bay was recognized as an estuary of national significance. In 2006, it was decided that the meeting would be held biennially, rotating between Alabama and Mississippi. 

Keynote Speakers

John Englander

John Englander is an oceanographer, consultant, and leading expert on sea level rise. His broad marine science background coupled with explorations to Greenland and Antarctica allow him to see the big picture of sea level rise and its revolutionary impacts.

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Eli Murphy

For the last 20 years, Eli has taught, coached, mentored, presented, and managed communicators from all walks of life. His communication experience spans mission-driven and for-profit organizations, as well as cancer research, neuroscience and entrepreneurship. Throughout it all he’s learned a key lesson: few things are more powerful than the right idea, shared in the right format, with the right people.

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Meeting Hotel

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Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602

Offering connection to the Mobile Convention Center via a skybridge, Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel provides a setting that blends style, comfort and convenience. Following a day at the Symposium, retire to elegant rooms and suites featuring unforgettable views and an array of amenities to help you achieve a successful stay. Kick back in luxury with their pillowtop beds and sink into their plush chairs as you connect to their complimentary Wi-Fi and watch a movie on a large flat-panel TV. When it's time to refuel, treat your taste buds to a mouthwatering meal at The Harbor Room. For a relaxing environment with signature cocktails, live music and outdoor seating, visit Fathoms Lounge. Book your stay now for the special symposium rate of $94/night. Offer ends 11/6/18.

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Symposium Location

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Arthur P. Outlaw Convention Center

1 South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602

The beautiful, state-of-the-art Mobile Convention Center, located on the water in the heart of downtown Mobile, is one of the premier convention centers in the country. Winner of numerous architectural awards, the Mobile Convention Center takes full advantage of an exclusive waterfront setting. The center’s exterior incorporates outdoor terraces, riverwalks, and expansive riverfront windows. Magnificent views of the bustling seaport are available many from pre-function areas.

Student Awards

Student Awards will be presented to first, second, and third place student presenters of both oral and poster presentations. First place winners will receive $300 award, with second and third place winners receiving $200 and $100 awards, respectively.

Become A Sponsor

The Alabama Mississippi Bays & Bayous Symposium is a biennial event held alternately in Mississippi and Alabama to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the state of our coastal environment. This symposium brings together a broad array of scientists, resource managers, industry representatives, business leaders, and policy makers from throughout the southeast to promote information exchange and networking related to coastal issues that impact the long-term health of our coastal resources. 

The theme of the 2018 Bays and Bayous Symposium is “Navigating Waves of Change.” This two-day event will include presentations and discussion by local resource managers, scientists and active participants in watershed stewardship who will share our latest understanding of the condition of the lands, waters and living resources of the northern Gulf of Mexico. The Bays and Bayous Symposium showcases the latest information about the estuary’s changing watersheds, impacts from major stressors, recovery programs for species and habitats, and emerging challenges.


Our Event Apps

Using the event app, attendees can:
  • Update their profile
  • Manage their personal schedule and check-in to sessions
  • Set up 1-to-1 meetings with fellow attendees
  • View sponsors and exhibitors and their representatives, send requests to get their contact details
  • Engage in discussions on the forum

Guests can:
  • Sign up using Facebook or registration form
  • View attendees and speakers, and their publicly available details including submitted abstracts and checked-in sessions.

Exhibitors can:
Use the in-built QR code scanner to scan attendees QR code on their badges and save to their list of vCards (leads). Later those vCards can be exported into Phonebook or in Excel format.

Important Dates

Sept. 19, 2018
Nov. 6, 2018
Nov. 28, 2018
Bays and Bayous Begins
Nov. 29, 2018
Bays and Bayous Ends

Call For Abstracts And Sessions

We have extended the Abstract submission deadline to September 19, 2018

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Nearby Places To Stay

Book Your Stay with Our Special Group Rate!

Offer Ends 11/6/18

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602

Call 1-800-922-3298 or Book Online


Arthur P. Outlaw - Mobile Convention Center 1 S Water St, Mobile, AL 36602