The call for Special Sessions for the Coastal Zone Canada 2014 conference has been released. The conference will be held from June 15-19 inHalifax, Nova Scotia, and will mark the 20th anniversary of the first CZC conference.

The conference theme is Our Coasts: Legacies and Futures. The theme recognizes our past—our legacies that have shaped the here and now—and the opportunities to influence, create, and resiliently adapt to our future. We are all accountable to step up, take action, and get involved.

Below are the sub-themes under which we are seeking proposals:

  • Coastal communities: Social and Human Dimensions of the Coast
  • Blue Economy: Working Waterfronts, Coastal Infrastructure and Resource Management
  • Marine and Coastal Ecosystems: Understanding the Complexity of Biological and Physical Coastal Environments
  • Environmental Impacts: Climate Change, Human-Induced Challenges and Community Responses
  • Governance, Policy and Law-Making
  • A Focus on the Arctic: Ecological, Social, Economic and Political Change
  • Knowledge and Information: Data Use and Accessibility, Information Management
  • Security and Risk Management: Managing Uncertainty
  • Social Media and Outreach: Reaching and Educating the Public Domain


The Program Committee challenges you to think about the conference theme, and to think creatively as you create your preliminary proposal. Please visit for more detailed information and for the Word template. Proposals must be submitted in the template provided on web, and are due by 9 August 2013 via email to