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2024 Annual Meeting
May 29-31, 2024 - Blacksburg, VA

Abstract Submission

Thank you for your interest in the 2024 American Ecological Engineering Society Annual Conference! This conference offers a great opportunity for all attendees to network, share research and experience with colleagues, and advance their careers. The conference also provides a venue for professionals (scientists, engineers, and policymakers) and students within the field to share their ideas while fostering education, outreach, and professional development. One of the conference's main goals is to showcase the extent to which Ecological Engineering principles are being applied in diverse and innovative ways to solve pressing environmental challenges. We encourage all attendees to take advantage of this opportunity to present their work, meet like-minded professionals, and learn from each other.

Abstract submissions have closed.


Conference registration and sponsporship opportunities are still open.

Presentation Information

Presentation Topics

  • Aquaculture and Food Production

  • Career Development, Extension, and Education

  • Circular Bioeconomy

  • Ecosystem Restoration

  • Emerging Ecological Engineering Technologies

  • Environmental Justice

  • Innovative Waste Treatment

  • Lakes, Reservoirs, and Estuaries

  • Urban Infrastructure and Ecology

  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus

  • Watershed-Scale Approaches

  • Other


Student Presentation Competition

Student poster and oral presenters may elect to enter into the Student Presentation Competition during the abstract submission process. Judges will be from academia and industry. Poster and oral presentations will be judged using this rubric. Prizes will be awarded at the AEES Lunch Business Meeting on Friday and will be $200 for First Place, $150 for Second Place, and $100 for Third Place for each category (poster or oral presentations). We will also have a People's Choice Award that will be determined by popular vote for each category. For poster presenters, please note that judges will score engagement and answering of questions, so be sure to be at your poster during the first hour of the Poster Session so judges can engage with you. 

Oral Presentation

Oral presentations are 12 minutes long verbal presentations (plus 3 additional minutes for questions). Due to the structure of the conference, this timeframe is strict to allow presenters the allotted time.

Poster Presentation

Poster Format 

The maximum display area of the poster board is 4 ft high by 4 ft wide. Posters should not exceed these dimensions. The poster session will take place on Thursday, May 30th, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in Latham Ballroom AB. Posters should be set up between 1:00 - 4:00pm on Thursday. Please ensure that you stand by your poster during this session for discussion and questions. 


Poster Guidelines and Tips

A poster should be self-contained and self-explanatory, allowing different viewers to proceed on their own while the author is free to supplement or discuss particular points raised in the inquiry. Posters should be kept simple and clear, with a mixture of text and graphics. Arrange materials in two to three columns rather than rows. An introduction should be placed at the upper left and a conclusion at the lower right. The abstract does not need to be presented, as that will be available online. Illustrations and figures should be designed to be viewed from a distance and should use clear, visible graphics and large type. Each figure or table should have a heading of one to two lines. Additional essential information can be provided below in a legend. Photographs/figures should have good contrast, sharp focus, and, if appropriate, an indication of scale. Minimize text narrative. Use large type in short, separated paragraphs. Numbered or bulleted lists are effective ways to convey a series of points. Headings should be a minimum of 45-point size, with a 25-point size suggested for text. Using this large lettering means that a number of people can read the poster from a distance without overcrowding. Do not set entire paragraphs in uppercase or boldface type. Titles and captions should be short and easy to read, with a sans serif font preferred. Remember to caption your poster with the title, authors’ names, and affiliations.

Journal of Ecological Engineering Design

The Society's Journal of Ecological Engineering Design will be publishing multiple themes of articles from the conference. Authors will be asked if they are willing to submit a manuscript during the abstract submission process.



All questions about submissions should be directed to

Student Travel Grants

Student travel grants will be awarded to help offset conference expenses for students. Recipients must be AEES members. Students may apply for travel grants when they complete the registration form, which is linked below. U.S.-based students are eligible to apply (funds cannot be used to bring people who are in other countries to the conference). Undergraduate students are eligible to apply even if they're not presenting, but graduate students must plan to present in order to be eligible for the travel grant. For undergraduates, preference will be given to those who are presenting or who are officers of an ecological engineering student organization. Preference will also be given to those who indicate a high level of need (would not be able to attend without travel grant funding) and those with long travel distances. Those who are underrepresented in science and engineering are especially encouraged to apply. 


Student conference grant applications will be accepted from March 1st to April 15th.  More information will be emailed directly to students upon registration. Awardees will be notified by April 22nd of the award level. Grant payments will be issued as a reimbursement following the conference; additional instructions for requesting travel grant payments will be provided with the award notification email. Students awarded a travel grant are required to stay at the conference hotel.

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