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Deadline is October 15th.

18th River Symposium

Nov. 3-4, 2023

Bucknell University


Registering for this year’s River Symposium allows us to run things much more smoothly upon your arrival. As in years past, we are once again asking everyone to register for this event as this will continue to aid us in a seamless symposium, as well as prepare us if the symposium should unexpectedly move to virtual. It will be free and will only take a minute.

Registration provides you a copy of the symposium proceedings, access to all the Zoom links (should we go virtual), and subsequent symposium newsletters and updates.

Program with Abstracts

Digital copies of last year’s Program with Abstracts are available here. On November 1, 2023 the Program with Abstracts for this year’s symposium will be made available on this website. PDF copies can be printed or viewed on your desktop or mobile device. Zoom links to virtual sessions will also be embedded within the Program with Abstracts, so you can simply click on the link to go directly to the session.



November 3, 2022

7:00-7:30 pm – Welcome and Opening Remarks

7:30-8:00 pm – Keynote Address

8:00-10:00 pm – Poster Session

9:00-10:00 pm – Ice Cream Social

9:45-10:00pm – Student Poster Awards


November 4, 2022

9:00-11:00 am – Plenary Addresses and Breakout Discussions

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Exhibits

12:00-1:00 pm – Lunch

1:00-4:00 pm – Oral Presentations

4:00-4:15 pm – Wrap Up

Participating Universities

Bloomsburg-Commonwealth University

Bucknell University

Dickinson College

Elizabeth College

Franklin and Marshall College

Gannon University

Juniata College

Kings College

Lock Haven-Commonwealth University

Lycoming College

Mansfield University

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania State University

State University of New York (SUNY)

Syracuse University

Susquehanna University


Learn more about the fantastic work underway by agencies and watershed groups throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and interact with representatives.

Exhibits will be on display from 11 am to 4 pm in the Center Room of the Elaine Langone Center.

Coming Together to Inspire Change

This symposium draws together people from all walks of life who share a common interest in rivers, watersheds, communities, and the connections therein. It also offers a time and a place where the public can interact with academics, professionals, and regulators, all working toward the same goal – ensuring our watersheds remain healthy for generations to come.

This year’s event, themed will highlight and promote collaborative partnerships that focus on improving the health and resilience of streams and aquatic ecosystems.

Commitment to Care

Bucknell is preparing to host this year’s symposium as an in-person event so that all individuals onsite — attendees, speakers, staff, vendors, and venue personnel — remain safe and comfortable. Creating a safe, worry-free symposium experience is our top priority.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and following the guidance of our partners at Geisinger Medical Center, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.

Find up-to-date information on COVID and events on our campus on the Bucknell COVID-19 Information website. Should conditions change, we are prepared to offer the symposium entirely online (virtual) like we did last year.

Getting Here

Please feel free to use the helpful links below to plan your trip to the River Symposium



“This is a terrific event! It’s great to see the students present their posters on Friday night and attend the talks and breakout sessions on Saturday. I made a lot of contacts too.” (member of the public)

“I get a lot out of the plenary talks, breakout discussions, oral presentations, and conversations over lunch. I learned so much and plan to come back next year.” (undergraduate student)

“I really appreciate the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of this symposium. It’s a great networking event too. The evening social during Friday’s poster session and the lunch and refreshments during the exhibits are a very nice touch.” (member of local conservancy)

“I really appreciate the friendly and welcoming atmosphere of this symposium. It’s a great networking event too. The evening social during Friday’s poster session and the lunch and refreshments during the exhibits are a very nice touch.“I like how this symposium tries to weave together art, religion, science, economics and policy. I hope Bucknell continues it for many years to come. (local citizen)






Oral Presentations

The River Symposium is an educational outreach event offered by the Bucknell Center for Sustainability & the Environment.

For more information, please contact Dr. Benjamin Hayes, Director of the Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program at the BCSE.