Fourth Annual Harmful Algal Bloom Virtual Symposium
Call for Abstracts

The Algal Bloom Action Team, a collaboration of water professionals, researchers, and educators from 12 states in the North Central Region of the United States, invites you to submit an abstract to the Fourth Annual Harmful Algal Bloom Virtual Symposium. The symposium will feature impacts of emergent harmful algal bloom (HAB) research and provide opportunities to discuss community outreach efforts

Team members include the national network of Water Resources Research Institutes (WRRI), the North Central Region Water Network, and university Extensions within each state in the North Central Region. The Algal Bloom Action Team was the recipient of the Outstanding Regional Collaboration Achievement Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals for its first Annual Harmful Algal Blooms Symposium in 2021. In 2023, 14 presentations were welcomed at the conference. Conference attendance included more than 600 professionals from across the United States.

Submission Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2023, 11:59 pm Central Time

Algal Bloom Action Team Website:

Presentation Abstract Information

The Symposium Planning Committee is specifically interested in science-based presentation abstracts that address harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the North Central Region of the United States, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

To be considered for acceptance, presentation abstracts must address at least one of the following topic areas related to HABs:

    • Human and Animal Health
    • Monitoring, Forecasting, and Detection
    • Ecology
    • Prevention and Treatment
    • Human Dimensions/Social Science
    • Climate Change Impacts
    • Economics/Property Values/Tourism/Recreation


Upon acceptance, presentations should be limited to 30 minutes.
Presentations should be research focused. Product promotion is discouraged

Review Criteria

Presentations will be reviewed based on one or more of the following criteria:

    • Is the abstract a science- or data-driven approach to understanding HABs?
    • Does the abstract address HABs topics in the North Central Region? (See states listed above.)
    • Does this topic have interest or applicability to Extension and other HABs-related professionals?

Abstract Submission

Proposals will be submitted through the Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit (Microsoft CMT). No submissions will be accepted via email to conference organizers. Please read the instructions below for completing the submission process. Incomplete submissions or submissions sent directly to planning committee members will not be considered

Microsoft CMT Instructions

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Create Account” and fill out the requested information to register.
  3. Once you are logged in, follow the prompts below to create your submission.
  4. Select “Create New Submission.”
  5. Enter the title and abstract.
  6. Select “Add” under the Authors section to add additional presenters, if any.
  7. Select applicable subject areas.
  8. Answer additional questions.
  9. Select “Submit.”
  10. Add any conflicts of interest, if necessary.
  11. Select “Done.”

For questions regarding the program or submitting an abstract through Microsoft CMT, please contact: Amy Weckle,

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