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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 - 7:00 pm; Cost: $10

Location – Offsite (TBA)

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.


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; Cost: $30 (includes t-shirt)

Location – Offsite

Information to come.


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

Location – Offsite (TBA)

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

COBO Center – Crowne Plaza

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.