Virginia Chapter AFS Annual Meeting
Dates:  February 8-10, 2022


Join the Virginia Chapter AFS for our 2022 annual meeting.  We will be meeting VIRTUALLY using Zoom due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.  Specific meeting times are dependent on submissions received and will be announced once the agenda is created.

Registration – Click HERE to register

Registration is open!  The cost for the meeting is $20 for professionals and retirees and FREE for students.  Please indicate if you plan to attend the free workshop during registration.


Call for Abstracts

Download the abstract submission form and email the completed form to Dawn Kirk at (the subject line of your email should be AFS Meeting 2022 Abstract).

Submission deadline for oral presentations:  January 7, 2022.
Submission deadline for posters:  January 14, 2022.

Ways to present:
Oral Presentation – 15 minute talk, 5 minute Q&A.
Lightning Talk – 7 minute talk, 3 minute Q&A.  This is a great opportunity for students and professionals to present new projects/programs or results from ongoing work.
Poster – Posters will be available on the Virginia Chapter’s website prior to the meeting.  The virtual meeting will include a poster session with a 3-minute author presentation followed by a moderated Q&A through the chat box  and possible live questions.  Must be available for Q&A during the virtual poster session.


Workshop – Scientific Communication

Tuesday, February 8
1:00 – 5:00 pm

This workshop will be virtual and FREE to all meeting registrants.  Please indicate if you plan on attending when you register for the meeting.

Workshop Speakers

Outreach Division (Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources)

Jamie Brunkow and Erin Reilly (James River Association)

Donald J. Orth (Virginia Tech)
Ten tenets for #SciComm to bridge the knowledge-action gaps in fisheries.  Science communication includes skills (for public understanding, awareness, and much more), the media to do so, activities, and dialogue. Although many assume that social media strategies may be effective for public engagement and science communication in fisheries because it is pervasive in all aspects of our lives. Popularity of some #SciComm efforts may distract us from the fundamentals for science communications and limit effectiveness. Yet, many position announcements require the “Ability to communicate and influence stakeholders concerning the management of species, habitats, and recreational values.” In this workshop presentation, I will review two long-standing approaches to science communication — dissemination (or deficit) model and the public participation paradigm. No matter what your aims or priority fishy issues are, you can improve your effectiveness by considering the ten tenets for science communication. These tenets are intended as checks on our efforts to ensure they become more inclusive and purposeful with a goal toward bridging the knowledge-action gap.


Questions?  Contact President-Elect/Meeting Chair Dawn Kirk.