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The Beaches Conference

Understanding our changing Maine and New Hampshire Beaches and Coast

10 June, Berwick Academy, South Berwick, ME 

The Beaches Conference is designed to inspire learning, appreciation and awareness, and promote informed decision-making and actions on our changing beaches and coasts. The event fosters the exchange of scientific, cultural, and experiential knowledge from diverse interests. Please join us in building and celebrating the partnerships needed to support long-term beach and coastal monitoring, management, and stewardship.

Who should consider joining us as a presenter? 

If you care about beaches and other vulnerable coastlines, you are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation, field trip, or other forum. To be more specific, we invite proposals from:
*Aquaculturists    *Artists     *Attorneys     *Beach monitors     *Business owners & employees     *Coastal residents     *Commercial ocean harvesters     *Consultants     *Environmental groups     *People engaged at any level of government     *Indigenous peoples     *Nonprofit/community organization     *Real estate professionals     *Recreational beach users     *Seasonal residents & visitors     *Scientists     *Students     *Teachers     *Those affected by climate change     *Tourism industry    *Youth     * Anyone who has never shared their experiences or opinions at a conference 

Conference Themes

  • Beach, Coastal and Ecological Monitoring – What’s Next? 
  • Coastal Management and Policy for the 21st Century
  • Coastal Tourism Today and Tomorrow
  • Community Engagement in Coastal Science
  • Examining the Past to Chart the Future
  • Harvesting from the sea – Science, Successes, and Lessons Learned
  • I Speak for the Seas – Sustaining Coastal Ecosystems
  • Innovation and Bold Ideas for the Coast
  • Our Changing Coastline – what’s happening, why, and what to do 
  • What does Community Resilience look like as waters warm, seas rise, and storms intensify?

To submit your proposals
The due date to submit your proposals is December 13, 2021. For questions, contact Program Committee Chair, Kristen Grant, or at 207-646-1555 ext. 115. If submitting multiple proposals, please provide the information for each proposal in a separate email/online submission

Or, download and complete the proposal form and email (as an attached PDF) to Kristen Grant, Program Committee Chair.

Review of your proposals

The conference steering committee will review proposals and notify you by mid-February. If your idea has been accepted, the steering committee will ask that you inform us by mid-March if you will be joining us.


All those with accepted proposals will have their registration fee reduced to $25. Students K – 16 who are presenting are asked to pay the student registration fee of $10. Registration fees are waived for beach monitoring volunteers. Scholarship available.


The Beaches Conference 2022 will abide by current CDC guidelines to protect conference participants from exposure to COVID-19.