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2021 CMOS Congress – Call for Session Proposals

Dear CMOS member or past Congress participant,

The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) 55th Congress will be held 31 May to 11 June, 2021, hosted by the Vancouver Island Centre. The Congress will be held using a virtual (on-line) format, extending over a longer period, 9-10 days, with reduced hours each day to accommodate multiple time zones. More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available on the Congress website at under the CONGRESS tab.

The focus of this Congress is “Climate Change: Risk, Resilience, Response”. While the Canadian public are generally supportive of our governments taking action on climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic has, rightly, captured the public’s attention in the last few months. We hope that this Congress will help maintain and sharpen the focus of our professional community on the issue of climate change. Proposals for scientific sessions are being invited for all areas of interest of CMOS, especially relating to the following themes (order is alphabetical):

  • Advances in meteorology, weather observation and forecasting
  • Arctic change
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Circulation in large lakes and the oceans
  • Climate change from seasons to centuries
  • Climate change: risks, impacts, resilience, and responses
  • Dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans, and climate
  • Hydrology, the cryosphere, and sea-ice forecasting

At this time, we are inviting interested members to propose and to take the lead on organizing scientific sessions. Although sessions will be determined and finalized after all abstracts have been received, this is an opportunity to organize a session in your particular area of expertise and interest. We would anticipate that you would then encourage your contacts to submit abstracts for that session. Sessions will be organized into 1 1/2-hour blocks of six 15-minute presentations, or organizers may allot 30-minutes for an invited lead speaker and four 15-minute presentations. Multiple 1 1/2-hour sessions are welcome if the number of submitted abstracts warrant it. There will also be ‘poster’ sessions with individual 3-5 minute talks, with ~4 slides each.

Please submit your proposal for a special session through the CMOS website and select “Congress”. The proposal should include the session title (up to 40 characters), contact information about the session conveners (at least 2 needed for an on-line Congress), and a short paragraph of up to 300 words describing the scientific content of the proposed session. All session proposals should be received by 7 December 2020 for consideration by the SPC. This preliminary list of sessions will be used in the Call for Abstracts which will be issued later in December 2020.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

call for session proposals, Climate Change: Risk Resilience Response, CMOS 55th Congress, Victoria Congress 2021

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