Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline has been extended to July 5, 2019   

The 2020 RPIC Marine Infrastructure National Workshop is a Canadian national forum focused on strengthening marine expertise and knowledge, promoting innovation and best practices, as well as providing a platform for strategic thinking and discussion on the challenges and opportunities related to these assets. Following the successes of the previous workshops (Montreal in 2014, Québec City in 2016 and Ottawa in 2018), we are pursuing our efforts to provide participants with the best content for professional development and learning in the field of marine infrastructure.

The Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) and the Marine Infrastructure National Workshop Organizing Committee invite you to submit presentations on your involvement, your expertise and the current and future challenges do you anticipate with respect to the development and management of this type of real property. Abstracts are encouraged in, but not limited to the following topics. Presentations featuring international perspectives are encouraged across all topic areas.
  • Port Planning and Operation: Needs and markets analysis; development plans; legal and political considerations; social perspectives and stakeholder engagement; priority management; risk assessment and management; partnerships; strategic asset management; investment planning; governance; and, lifecycle management.
  • Coastal and Marine Engineering: Design and construction of ports, terminals and offshore structures; structure repair and rehabilitation; breakwaters and flood control structures; shoreline protection; waves and currents dynamics; erosion and sediment transport; modeling of structures; waterfront development; and, reclamation.
  • Navigation and Waterways: Dredging; navigation systems; hydrographic surveying; and, underwater investigation techniques.
  • Environment: Coastal ecosystems; climate change; coastal erosion and restoration; marine sediment management; sustainable development; and, ocean sciences.
  • Equipment, Materials and Systems: Port equipment; materials and systems; marine biotechnology; and, renewable marine energy.

Abstracts must be submitted using the abstract submission form and should be no more than 500 words. Biographies for all presenters must also be included. The abstracts may be submitted in English or French and must be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Abstracts will be selected for inclusion in the preliminary program on the basis of a peer review by a panel of experts. Oral presentations are to be 20 minutes in length.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by July 19, 2019. All presenters are required to register for the Workshop. All authors accepted for presentation at the Workshop will receive comments on their abstract following the technical review. The revised abstract, based on these comments, is due by August 9, 2019.

All abstracts accepted for presentation at the Workshop will be required to submit a draft and a final PowerPoint presentation prior to the Workshop. The presentation length will be 20 minutes. All PowerPoint presentation submissions have a file size limit of 10MB. Draft presentations will be due by February 14, 2020 and all presenters will receive comments on their draft PowerPoint presentation after the Technical Committee has reviewed. The revised PowerPoint presentation, based on these comments, is due by March 20, 2020. The translated PowerPoint is due by April 3, 2020.

The presentations will be made available on the RPIC website (www.rpic-ibic.ca) following the Workshop.

All presenters are required to register for the Workshop by February 14, 2020. One discounted delegate registration ($437.50 + HST) will be made available for each accepted presentation. Additional presenters will be required to register at the full rate. The discounted registration can only be claimed by filling out the PDF registration form and returning it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to mention which presentation it is being claimed for by the same title as the submitted abstract.

Initial abstracts may be submitted in English or French. All final abstracts and presentations crediting federal government employee authors must be submitted in English and French. We encourage the non-federal presenters to translate their PowerPoint presentations as well. The translation may follow the revised final version.

Abstract Deadline June 14, 2019
Author Notification July 19, 2019
Revised/Translated Abstract Due August 9, 2019
Draft PPT Due February 14, 2020
Presenter Registration Deadline February 14, 2020
Final (Revised) PPT Due March 20, 2020
Translated PPT Due April 3, 2020

For more information please visit the 2020 RPIC Marine Infrastructure National Workshop website: http://www.rpic-ibic.ca/en/events/marine-infrastructure-national-workshop/2020-marine-infrastructure-national-workshop-2 .

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