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5th Annual Meeting

May 18-20, 2005
The Ohio State University

Hosted by the Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department
Columbus, Ohio

Restoration & Design of Ecosystems

The Fifth Annual American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) Conference was held at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio from May 18-20, 2005. The theme of the AEES Conference was “Restoration and Design of Ecosystems.” There was an enthusiastic turnout for the conference, with over 100 attendees, encompassing a mixture of educators, students and practicing ecological engineers.

Image courtesy of The Ohio State University

Meeting Summary

The conference began with a moving Plenary by Dr. William J. Mitsch, entitled “Applying Science to Conservation and Restoration of the World's Wetlands.” During the two-day conference, over 40 oral presentations and 35 poster presentations were given in ten technical sessions. For the first time at an AEES conference, there was a panel discussion entitled 'Practicing Ecological Engineers.' During this session, five practicing Ecological Engineers shared their experiences and insight with students and educators about the 'real world' of Ecological Engineering. There were also many light-hearted moments at the conference, including the much anticipated wetland song “Fixing the Planet on a Budget” by the AEES President, Alex Horne. There was a social at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park with a welcome by Dr. Karen Holbrook, President of the Ohio State University. There were also field trips, which gave the attendees insight into the Ecological Engineering research being pursued on the Ohio State University campus. These field trips included a canoe trip down the Olentangy River, a tour of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, and a trip to an ecological treatment system for agricultural wastewater. This year’s conference wrapped up with a half-day seminar, entitled “Advancing the Field of Ecological Engineering.” This round-table discussion engaged professors, practicing engineers, and students in forward thinking discussions. This year’s conference was a success due to the hard work and dedication of the planning committee. There were many first-time attendees at the conference, and the planning committee developed a schedule with a variety of venues and activities, which worked to promote unique exchanges between the conference attendees.

The planning committee included the incredibly helpful student-run Ohio State Ecological Engineering Society and professors from the Ohio State University, Dr. Jay Martin, Dr. Tim Granata, Dr. William Mitsch, and Dr. Li Zhang.

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