Call for Presenters


2018 Ohio Statewide Floodplain Management Conference
August 1-2, 2018
Doubletree Hotel Columbus/Worthington
175 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43235

THEME:  NFIP for the 21st Century

OFMA is seeking presentations for this conference that focus on the following:

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Flood Insurance
Flood Hazard Mapping
Damage Assessment
Flood Mitigation
Structural Flood Control (Dams, Levees, etc…)
Data, Engineering, & Modeling
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Water Resources Management
Education & Outreach
Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management
Coastal Floodplain Management
Building Code 
Using Technology and Media for Floodplain Management

Submission Information.  The Call for Presenters is open to anyone interested in making a presentation to the conference. Submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee and selected based on content and relevance to floodplain management.  Submissions must be received by April 16, 2018 to be considered for presentation at the conference.  Incomplete or late submissions may be refused.  

Submissions must be concise, limited to 500 words, and provide an accurate description of the policy, educational, scientific, engineering, or technological material to be presented at the conference.  
Submissions must be accompanied by the Presentation Submittal Form, which can be obtained from the OFMA website at: .
The Presentation Submittal Form must be completed and forwarded to the Conference Chair along with the biographical sketch(s) of the author(s), and the summary of the Presentation.
Submissions should be forwarded by email to as a Microsoft Word attachment.  (You will receive a return email to confirm that your submission has been received.  If you do not have email or internet access, or have other questions, contact Conference Chair Alicia Silverio at 614-265-1006.)

Authors selected as Presenters:
Will be notified of acceptance of the presentation by May 2, 2018.  
Are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of the presentation to the Conference Chair at the conference.

Audience.  The Statewide Conference will offer three tracks to accommodate attendees and their various levels of floodplain management knowledge and experience.  As the only floodplain management conference in Ohio, this annual event attracts a broad audience including local, state and federal government officials, engineers, consultants, planners, related non-profit organizations, and involved citizens.  Please develop your presentation using the sort of detailed and useful material that you would like to have presented to yourself.  Presentations that will interest the audience and generate conversation are encouraged.  Presentations focused on delivering a “sales pitch” approach will not be accepted.

Length and focus of presentation.  Presentations will be allotted 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions, unless otherwise indicated on the agenda.  Please emphasize conclusions and recommendations in your presentation based upon your professional experience(s).

Audio-Visual.  Authors selected as Presenters will use laptop computers and LCD projectors provided on-site, utilizing the Microsoft PowerPoint program.  Additionally, each presentation should either be brought to the conference via USB flash drive or submitted to the Conference Chair.  A moderator will monitor each breakout session.  There will be no extra time between speakers; therefore ‘swapping out’ personal equipment is strongly discouraged.  Laser pointers will be available for use.

Travel arrangements.  Presenters are responsible for their own hotel, air, and other travel arrangements.  Conference facility and accommodations information will be posted at: .

Availability of Presentations.  Often, conference attendees request copies of specific presentations.  Attendees will be referred to contact Presenters directly to request and acquire copies of presentations.

Handouts.  All Presenters are encouraged to provide the Conference Chair with handouts relevant to the information delivered during their presentation for distribution to Conference Attendees.  These handouts must be submitted to the Conference Chair by July 20, 2018.  Presenters may also bring books, reports, pamphlets, handouts, and other materials that may be of interest to the audience. 

For more information about the “2018 Ohio Statewide Floodplain Management Conference”, please contact Alicia Silverio at 614-265-1006 or

Dates to Remember:
4/16/18 Abstract submissions due
5/2/18 Presenters notified of presentation acceptance
7/20/18 Handouts due to Conference Chair
8/1/18 Conference – Day 1 (@ Doubletree Columbus/Worthington) 
8/2/18 Conference – Day 2 (@ Doubletree Columbus/Worthington)
8/2/18 CFM Exam (@ Doubletree Columbus/Worthington)
8/3/18 OFMA Golf Outing

The Call for Presenters is posted below for download.

Mar 7, 2018, 9:45 AM