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SFS Annual Meeting



Note: Wear your SFS 2018 name badge and bring your picture ID for any of the SFS mixers and social events.


Sunday, May 20, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Trip fee: $20

Location – Offsite, Start at COBO Center

This brewery tour starts at the COBO Center and visits three breweries near downtown Detroit: Batch Brewing, Atwater, Jolly Pumpkin Cafe, and possibly another. This will be a self-transported trip consisting of walking and Uber/Lyft. All costs on your own. The trip fee is a donation to the Pat Mulholland Endowment fund.


Monday, May 21, 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm; No charge

COBO Center - Atrium

The student-mentor mixer is designed to facilitate interactions between students and experienced professionals. Mentors may include aquatic science professors, research associates, post-doctoral researchers, government employees, and private consultants. This mixer provides students a great opportunity to network and engage in lively conversation with mentors and peers in a relaxed environment. Each student will be assigned to a group, and all students over 21will receive a complimentary drink ticket!

Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) MIXER

Tuesday, May 22, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm; Cost: $10

Location – Grand Trunk Pub, 612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

A new event providing a casual opportunity to meet and network for faculty and undergraduate students from colleges and universities that primarily focus on teaching under-graduates. Location (TBA) convenient to the COBO Center. Appetizers are included and cash/credit bar will be available.

Riverfront Sunrise Yoga Session

Wednesday, May 23, 7:00 am - 8:00 am

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Join us for a riverfront sunrise yoga session on the Cobo Center Grand River View Ballroom Terrace, overlooking the Detroit River May 23, 2018 at 7 a.m. Cobo Center and Society for Freshwater Science are partnering to kick-off the 2018 #cobocares community engagement series. All proceeds from registration will benefit Bees in the D, a local honeybee education and protection non-profit. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and good vibes.

Event-day registration will begin at 6:00 a.m. and the 1-hour session will begin at 7:00 a.m. Lauren of Citizen Yoga will be instructing an all-levels Slow Burn/ Basics session lasting 60 minutes. Parking is available for $15/ car on the Cobo roof. Cobo Center is also home to a MoGo and Detroit People Mover Station, so ride, drive or walk on over to join us for this event. We highly encourage donations of $10 or more. This event is open to the public.

Be sure to follow @cobocenter on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates on this and future events. Tag #cobocares when posting photos from the event.

Citizen Yoga is dedicated to providing students with the most comprehensive yoga experience, challenging for all physical levels. CY is an alignment-based (form focused) yoga studio that offers a variety of classes ranging from a faster paced Vinyasa to a Slow Burn/Basics. Currently, Citizen Yoga has studios in Royal Oak, Detroit and Bloomfield Hills. Bees in the D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create a cooperative effort between residents, schools, organizations, and businesses in the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the education of their importance to our environment. As a sustainability initiative, Cobo Center is home to 4 honey bee hives, managed by Bees in the D.


Wednesday, May 23, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm; Includes box lunch; Capacity: 50

COBO Center – 313AB

A panel discussion about the peer review process. Come meet your Freshwater Science Associate Editors and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about how to do peer reviews, what to look for, and how to write a constructive review. We also will address effective ways to respond to peer reviews you receive during manuscript submission and review.


Wednesday, May 23, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The annual SFS 5k run will start and finish immediately outside of the COBO on the Detroit Riverfront. The course will follow the Detroit Riverfront path east to Milliken State Park, loop through the park, and return west along the same path. Participants, please note that the Riverwalk is open to the public and there be other walkers, runners, strollers, and easy-goers along the route during our event. A lead cyclist will guide runners and volunteers will be stationed at turns throughout the course. All participants will receive a 5k run or conference meeting shirt. There will be a brief awards ceremony at the immediate conclusion of the event. A portion of the proceeds from the 5k event will go to the Detroit Riverwalk Conservancy and Milliken State Park. Thank you for your support of urban green spaces!


Wednesday, May 23, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; No charge

Location – Anchor Bar, 450 W Fort Street, Detroit, MI 48226

The Early Career Mixer is a new event providing a casual opportunity for early career members to meet and network. The event is aimed at SFS members who have finished their terminal degree within the last 10 years. Meet at the Anchor Bar, 450 W. Fort Street (convenient to Cobo Center). Cash/credit bar available.


Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location – Offsite

A banquet dinner, live music, and river cruise aboard the Detroit Princess riverboat, docked near the COBO Center, across the street from the Crowne Plaza Hotel.


Thursday, May 24, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm; Cost: $15; Capacity: 20

COBO Center – 313AB

The Early Career Workshop will focus on student mentoring and training. Panelists from a range of institutions will lead the discussion, and the scope will include both undergraduate and graduate mentoring. Open to SFS members who have finished their terminal degree within the last 10 years. Lunch is included.


*Asterisk denotes events that are for specific committee members and/or by invitation only.

SFS Committees Lunch Meeting*

Monday, May 21, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

COBO Center – 260 Portside

Members from various SFS committees gather for our annual planning meetings. Committees include: Executive, Board of Directors, Finance, Board of Trustees of the Endowment, Elections and Place, Awards Selection, Long-Range Planning, Annual Meeting, Publications, Public Information and Publicity, Constitution Revision, Student Resources, Taxonomic Certification, Technical Issues, Science and Policy, International Coordination, Conservation and Environmental Issues, Education and Diversity, Sponsorship and Development, Journal Endowment, Special Offices, and Early Career Development.

SRC Committee Lunch Meeting*

Monday, May 21, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

COBO Center – 360 Ambassador

Students pre-registered by May 15, please join the Student Resource Committee (SRC) for our annual planning meeting! Learn about the SRC's activities (i.e. live auction, silent auction, student-mentor mixer, etc.) and how you can become more involved in the society. We will also be electing leadership positions for the coming year.

SFS Endowment Reception*

Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Crowne Plaza - Top of the Pontch

For donors and recipients, by invitation.

SFS Membership Business Luncheon

Tuesday, May 22, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

COBO Center – Grand Riverview Ballroom B

This is the Society's annual business meeting where reports are presented and voting is conducted. Pre-registration required.

Annual SFS Taxonomy Fair

Wednesday, May 23, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall during Poster Session

The Technical Issues Committee would like to invite you to the Annual SFS Taxonomy Fair at the 2018 Annual meeting. Taxonomic experts will be gathered during the poster session Wednesday afternoon to discuss any and all taxonomic issues and help with identifications. This year there will be prizes for those attendees that bring the 'most interesting specimens' to the Taxonomy Fair. Are you flying to SFS? Please be aware that the FAA has recently changed their guidelines for flying with biological specimens, a description of how to package specimens can be found here: Do you not have any specimens to examine but have questions about taxonomy or systematics? Be sure to stop by and chat with the invited experts and hear the latest news about the taxonomy of your favorite invertebrate or algal taxon. We look forward to seeing you at this year's fair.