Poster Guidelines

2024 Iowa Water Conference
The 18th annual Iowa Water Conference will be held on September 10-11, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency in Coralville, Iowa. This year, the conference theme is “Life Depends on Water. Water Depends on You.”

Iowa’s source waters are under ever-increasing stress due to climate change, land use demands, and various contaminants. As water professionals and community members, we all play a part in protecting our source waters.  Creating a resilient water cycle is critical and relies on a systems approach, recognizing the connection between water, soil, and all living things (including you!).

The Iowa Water Conference and our conference planning partners invite individuals and groups to submit conference abstracts addressing how individuals and communities evaluate and protect Iowa’s precious natural water sources.

Focus areas related to Iowa’s Source Waters:

  • 2024 special focus: Surface Waters
  • 2024 special focus: Groundwater
  • 2024 special focus: Water Reuse
  • 2024 special focus: Water is Life- Health Impacts

The Iowa Water Conference is a unique opportunity for water, climate, urban, agriculture, and natural resource professionals to collaborate and exchange ideas. We welcome submissions from researchers, practitioners, and advocates who actively contribute to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Join us in Coralville in September 2024 as we explore Iowa’s source waters.


The general poster session is for researchers, water professionals, and students to showcase projects to conference attendees.


Posters will be displayed in the poster hall at the conference venue during the conference proceedings (September 10-11, 2024).


The Iowa Water Conference Planning Committee is specifically interested in posters that address the theme of this year’s conference. Posters that do not directly relate will be considered by the committee if they address innovative ideas or emphasize interdisciplinary teams at work.

Accepted posters include at least one of the following:

  • Emphasize diversity of science and members of society (institution, geography, gender, ethnicity, subject)
  • Timely water topics that address real-time needs of Iowans
  • Exemplify success stories, ground-breaking data, or interesting research approaches
  • Address policy discussions on water resources that are data-driven and informed by scientific discovery.

Primary Subject Areas (Identify one)

  • 2024 special focus: Surface Waters
  • 2024 special focus: Groundwater
  • 2024 special focus: Water Reuse
  • 2024 special focus: Water is Life- Health Impacts

Secondary Subject Area (Identify all that apply)

  • Community engagement and education
  • Rural Water
  • Sociological/behavioral
  • Urban Stormwater
  • Water and Agriculture
  • Water and Ecosystem Health (soil, streams/rivers, wildlife, etc.)
  • Water and Human Health (drinking water, recreation, food toxicity, etc.)
  • Water Insecurity in Iowa (rural, underserved communities, agriculture, etc.)
  • Watershed Management
  • Water Policy
  • Water Professional Training
  • Water Research and Innovation
  • Water Toxins (PFAS, HABs, etc.)

Conference Attendance

Poster presenters must attend the Iowa Water Conference. Registration for the conference can be accessed in July 2024.

Student Poster Presenters

Students entered in the Poster Contest will be expected to present their poster. The schedule will be provided to participants prior to the conference.

Students are encouraged to review the poster evaluation form prior to submission to understand the contest criteria (end of this document).

Poster Displays and Dimensions

Posters will be limited to no larger than 48 inches by 48 inches. Display boards will be placed on an easel or on top of a table. Poster authors are responsible for materials to attach posters to the display board. Velcro will NOT work with the display boards. Thumbtacks or staples work best.

Iowa Water Conference website

Student posters will be displayed on the Iowa Water Conference website before the event.

Submit a JPEG image and presentation title of your poster to no later than August 5, 2024, to be included on the 2024 conference website.


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Poster Submission

Proposals will be submitted through Microsoft Conference Management Toolkit. No submissions will be accepted via email to conference organizers. Please read the below instructions for completing the submission process. Incomplete submissions will be eliminated from consideration.

  1. Go to
  2. Select “Create Account” and fill out the requested information to register
  3. Once you are logged in, follow the below prompts to create your submission.
  4. Select “Create New Submission”
  5. Select “Posters 2024” for poster submission
  6. Enter the title and abstract
  7. Select “Add” under the Authors section to add additional authors (if any)
  8. Select the subject area
  9. Upload your poster
  10. Answer additional questions
  11. Select “Submit.”