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SFS Annual Meeting


Mentoring to Empower Diversity and Inclusion

Date & Time: Sunday, May 23, 2021 from 12:30pm-3:30pm EST
Capacity: 50 Attendees

Cost: $20, Fees will contribute to the costs of the workshop. Any remaining funds will be used to fund other JEDI initiatives.
* If the registration fee presents a barrier from attending this workshop, please send a message to

Description: Mentorship of underrepresented groups is important way to remediate barriers in the freshwater science. The objectives of this 3-hr workshop include (1) gaining a better understanding of the direct and indirect impacts that mentoring can have on the recruitment, retention, and opportunities of/for underrepresented students and professionals; (2) exploring the intersectionality of identities and roles; and (3) developing recommendations for SFS that target mentoring activities that are congruent with the unique experiences and challenges of underrepresented members of SFS.

Getting Published: A Writing Workshop for Aquatic Scientists

Date & Time: Friday, May 28, 2021 from 1:00pm-5:00pm EST
Capacity: 500
Target: Undergraduates, Graduates, Early Career Professionals, Old dog who want to lean new tricks

Cost: No Cost

Instructors: Charles Hawkins (Editor of Freshwater Science) ( Description: "Most scientists are expected to publish their research, and career advancement often depends on how frequently and well we publish. However, completing a technically sound research project does not guarantee it will be published. Manuscripts need to (1) target an appropriate audience, (2) tell an interesting story, and (3) be easily read and understood. In this workshop, I will cover how to select the most appropriate journal for your paper and ways to improve the likelihood that your manuscript will be accepted. The specific topics we will cover include:

  • Selecting a journal – it may not be Science or Nature
  • The life history of a submitted manuscript including dealing with reviewers and editors
  • The elements of effective scientific writing: clarity and economy
    • Write for the reader
    • Beyond IMRD – Organizing Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections so they tell a compelling and easily understood story
    • Effective use of citations (less can be more)
    • Good paragraphs – Unified, cohesive, and developed
    • Sentences and word choice – The syntax and grammar stuff you learned in high school (maybe) and then forgot (apparently almost everybody)
  • Where to get additional help (self-help resources)
The workshop will include time for participant questions.

SFS Diatom Taxon Page Workshop

Date & Time: Friday, May 28, 2021 from 12:00pm-3:00pm EST
Capacity: Capacity Reached - NO AVAILABILITY
Target: Beginner to seasoned experience in Diatom Taxonomic
* We will join participants into work groups to form collaborative groups.

Cost: No Cost

Instructors: Sarah Spaulding (, Marina Potapova, Paula Furey Description: "In this online workshop, participants will learn how to 1) describe the features of a diatom species, 2) learn how to obtain original descriptions from easy or hard to find places, 3) learn about the ecology of a species – and write about it, 4) gain practice working in by loading data, 5) end the workshop with a species page that is ready, or close to ready, for peer review. Participants may choose to work on a taxon that has information (images) already provided, or participants may choose to work on a taxon of their choosing. Participants will be asked to complete a few activities before the start of the workshop (1-2 hours effort). The goals of the workshop are for participants learn how to 1) gather the information needed to produce a "species" page and 2) enter that information into the Diatoms of North America website ("

Identification of Aquatic Crane flies (Diptera: Tipuloidea) – A refresher course with latest developments

Date & Time: Friday, May 28, 2021 from 12:00pm-3:00pm EST
Capacity: 15 attendees

Cost: No Cost

Instructors: Jon Gelhaus, Professor and Curator, The Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA,

Description: Are you a bit confused with the changes that have gone on with crane flies in the last few years? Tipulidae or Tipuloidea? What is Limoniidae? What happened to Limnophila and Limonia? Jon Gelhaus will go over the completely revised version of the crane fly chapter for Merritt, Cummins and Berg (2019) which he and Virginija Podeniene co-wrote. Highlights of this new chapter have been the expansion of the larval key, following a four-family approach (as used in most of the world and the online world catalog), inclusion of a wealth of new illustrations, and keying out taxa at the generic and subgeneric level. Jon will also provide general information about crane flies including biology and ecological importance and roles, and the needs for future research (some wonderful mystery larvae remain unreared). Since this meeting with be held remotely, Jon’s workshop will be via PowerPoints, videos, perhaps some fun polls and quizzes, as well as sharing of observations, research results and discussion provided by participants. Crane fly images for identification and observations are welcomed by Jon pre-workshop to allow for incorporation into the workshop. In additional, Jon encourages sharing before the workshop any difficulties with the MCB key that users are finding which he can then discuss during the workshop."