We have extended the deadline for international abstracts to June 30 because of the current pandemic-related restrictions on international travel. We are hopeful they will change.

Become a Presenter

We welcome abstract submissions for the 2021 World Canals Conference August 30 – September 2, 2021, in Hagerstown, Maryland, USA.

This year’s theme:
Historic Canals Today: Education, Recreation, and Tourism
February 1: Call for abstracts opens
March 31: Abstract submission deadline extended to April 15.
April 30: Notification to submitters
May 31: Deadline for accepted presenters to register/confirm attendance
June 30: Extended deadline for international presentations
July 31: Program available online

To Submit Your Proposal

  • Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format as an email attachment to abstracts@wcc2021.org.
  • Abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Those accepted for oral presentations have three options regarding conference attendance:
    1. You can register for the full conference. As a presenter you are entitled to the IWI member rate. After the conference you will receive a partial rebate in the amount of a day registration ($200).
    2. You can fully participate in the conference for free on the day you are scheduled to present. This participation includes both the afternoon study tour and any evening event.
    3. You can attend all of the conference’s morning sessions for free. You would not be entitled to join the afternoon study tours.
  • Following acceptance into the program, you must register or inform us of your alternate choice by May 31, 2021.
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About Oral Presentations

  • Presentations will be in-person only; we cannot accommodate live-streaming for this conference.
  • Session will be scheduled for the mornings of Monday, August 30; Tuesday, August 31; Wednesday, September 1; or Thursday, September 2.
  • Presentations should last no more than 30 minutes. We will allow additional time for questions.
  • There will be a moderator and technical support for each session.
  • The preferred electronic format for oral presentations is PowerPoint. If you wish to use another software tool for your presentation, please contact us at abstracts@wcc2021.org before you submit your abstract. We might be able to accommodate your request.
  • We will have laptops and projection systems for your use. We will ask for your Power Point file ahead of time; be sure to bring a backup copy on a flash drive to the session.
  • The presenting author will be informed of any suggested modifications to their submitted abstract at the acceptance notification stage.

About Poster Displays

  • Posters will be displayed in an exhibit area at the conference,
  • A poster can be by a canal society, private company, nonprofit organization, or an individual.
  • Poster presentations should relate to the conference theme and sub-themes, or at least to waterways, canals, or the natural areas around them.
  • Posters will be set up on a table or easel; the maximum width is 48 inches (122 cm).
  • Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period is the responsibility of the presenter. Posters not removed by the take-down time will be disposed of.

Format for Submittal of Abstracts

Presentation Type: Oral presentation or poster presentation

Title (80 characters)

Summary: Include the most important aspects of your presentation. (300 characters).

Core Statements: Include up to three key points (600 characters).

Main Text: Include introduction, methods, results, and conclusion. Please describe how your presentation ties into the conference theme (6000 characters).

Corresponding authors: List up to three:

  • First name, Last name
  • Institution/Company/Private person
  • City, Country, Postal Code
  • Email-address(es)

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at abstracts@wcc2021.org.

WCC presentation

August 30 – September 2, 2021
Hagerstown, Maryland USA