ASFPM 45th Annual
National Conference

Raleigh, North Carolina

May 9 – 13, 2021

Raleigh Convention Center

2021 ASFPM 45th Annual National Conference - Raleigh, North Carolina

Call for Abstracts

The 2021
Call for Abstracts
is now open!

The Call for Abstracts seeks a broad range of professionals to submit for 30-minute concurrent sessions and/or 2-4 hour workshops that address issues, problems and solutions associated with managing and communicating flood risk, making communities more resilient and protecting floodplain and fragile natural resources.

Abstracts are due by:
Oct. 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Central

Please make sure to follow all instructions listed on the submittal form. Instructions are also listed below. Submissions will only be accepted online using the form.

If you have any questions about the submittal form, contact our conference coordinator

Abstract Submittal Form Instructions

DEADLINE: Oct. 31, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Central
Submissions will only be accepted online using the form.

The safety, health and well-being of our attendees has always been the top priority. We are continually monitoring the developments of COVID-19. At this time, the ASFPM 45th Annual National Conference is moving forward as scheduled in Raleigh, North Carolina. We will continue to monitor CDC and local city/state guidelines. In order to be prepared for all possible outcomes, when you submit your abstract, we will be asking…”In the event we must pivot the conference to a virtual format, would you be willing to record/present your abstract in a virtual format?” It is okay to mark “No” on this question if you only wish to present your abstract if the conference takes place in person.

All accepted workshop and concurrent session presenters must be registered for the conference.

Conference registration will open in February 2021.

There is one submission form for workshops and concurrent session presentations. After you select workshop or concurrent session in the first question, the following questions will be relevant to the type selected. Be aware that because of this, the question numbering on your screen may not be consecutive.

Concurrent session presentations are typically 30 minutes in length (including time for Q&A) and are grouped with other abstracts of similar technical content. In the program, a session lasts 1.5 hours and is composed of three presentations. Concurrent session attendance is included with conference registration.

Workshops are 2- to 8-hour courses that require a syllabus, course objectives and exercises. Workshops should be targeted at offering continuing education benefits for floodplain management professionals. Workshop attendees pay a fee to attend on top of their conference registration fee.

Single or Multiple Abstract Submissions

Submit only one abstract per use of the link and work your way through to the end of the form. Please note: use of the back arrow in your browser may over-write your previous submission(s). To submit multiple abstracts (e.g., for a workshop and concurrent session or for multiple concurrent sessions), you will need to complete this form separately and in its entirety for each abstract. When complete, use the abstract submission link for each abstract separately. The link to the abstract submittal form will appear on the last page of the submittal form. For your reference, the link is also provided here: ASFPM Submission

Abstract Receipt Confirmation

The last page of the abstract submittal form will include a confirmation that your abstract has been successfully submitted. You will not receive a separate email. If you have a question about whether an abstract has been received, please email our conference coordinator with your specific abstract details.

Instructions to Preview the Abstract Submittal Form

Without knowing all of the information to gather prior to beginning your submission, you may find you will not be able to complete your submission. Incomplete submissions must be culled by the conference program staff, which lengthens the abstract review process. You may also find it more efficient to develop your abstract as a separate document and to paste the content into the abstract submittal form boxes. This will allow you to spellcheck your content and to maintain a copy of your submission for your own records. A PDF preview of the forms are located below.

To review the list of required information prior to completing the
submission form, click on a PDF button below to view a set of questions:


While completing this form, keep in mind that if your abstract is selected, this information will be posted online and distributed to attendees to help advertise your session. ASFPM will post this information with as little editing as possible. Please consider your readers and draft responses in complete sentences and without capitalized words (except where appropriate like for generally-accepted acronyms and organization names). If your abstract is approved for the conference program, you will be able to update your abstract with any new or changed information prior to the final program going to print.


There is limited space available in the concurrent sessions program and not all abstracts will be selected. Preference will be given to an abstract which, combined with other abstracts of similar focus, create a cohesive and relevant session theme. Selected presenters will be notified January 2021.


Presenters who wish to provide handouts must do so at their own discretion and expense ASFPM does not provide print services.

Remember, all conference presenters are required to register and pay to attend the full conference.

Although travel approvals for May 2021 are likely unknown, if you know with certainty that you will not be able to register for the conference, please do not submit an abstract.


ASFPM Conference
& Events Coordinator:

Sarah Waller

Contact Form

(608) 828-3000