Organized and presented by the New River Conservancy and a diverse array of partners, the biennial New River Symposium celebrates the ecological, economic, and cultural values of the New River, brings together the region’s diverse constituents, and provides a forum for partnership, research, and policy development.

New River bend at Giles County, VA. Jeremy Riffe

We invite you to join the roster of prestigious presenters for this event.

The 2024 Symposium will be held on the Radford University Campus in Radford, VA on Thursday, April 11th and Friday, April 12th, 2024. 

We invite abstracts for presentations (15-20 minutes) or

posters for the poster session.  

Deadline for proposal submissions is February 16, 2024

Speakers will be announced by March 7, 2024

2024 Symposium Theme:

“Rivers³: Reconnect, Restore, Recreate”

Topics can include, but are not limited to the following:

≈ Sustainable development on the New 

≈ Cultural histories 

≈ Riparian buffers

≈ Recreational and “blueway” plans

≈ Dams and relicensing processes

≈ Wild and scenic designation

≈ Community resilience

≈ Geomorphology of the New

≈ Educational programs 

≈ Threats to human or biological health

≈ Native and non-native species

≈ Studies of flora, fauna, or hydrology

≈ Ecological restoration

≈ River and stream water quality

≈ Literary or artistic interpretations

≈ Environmental histories

≈ Climate resilience

≈ Sustainable land management


Should you attend?

Yes! Absolutely. The New River Symposium is a multi-disciplinary conference and celebration of the New River watershed, open to anyone with a professional or amateur interest in the New River.  Anthropologists, artists, teachers, students (undergraduate and graduate), historians, researchers, community leaders, government officials, stewards, river keepers, planners, boaters, birders, anglers, and friends from up and down the New are all welcome. 

Questions? Email

More information: New River Conservancy

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