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The 2013 Gulf Coast Restoration Summit is schedule for July 1 in New Orleans. This annual regional and national conference brings together key public and private stakeholders to discuss and plan for the future of the U.S. Gulf Coast. Early registration ended Friday, May 24. The agenda will include: • Louisiana priorities for RESTORE Act projects • Gulf Coast priorities for RESTORE Act projects • Economic development priorities and plans • environmental restoration priorities and plans • Strategies for winning new economic development and environmental restoration contracts • Projects being funded by NRDA, BP criminal fine monies; federal agencies; and other resources • Details on the billions being awarded through the new BP claims compensation program • Updates on the BP oil spill civil trial and new state lawsuits against BP. For further information, or to request details on sponsorship opportunities, contact info@gulfcoastrestorationsummit.org or see the website.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Conference Solicits Proposals

The 2014 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference is soliciting proposals from the community for sessions to address the Conference Themes and Integrative Topics. Themes include Ecosystem assessment, vulnerability, and resilience, ongoing science, technology, monitoring, and mitigation strategies with respect to the DWH Oil spill response, valuing ecosystem services and quantifying effects of oil spills on ecosystem services through environmental, public health, and socioeconomic science, and promoting scientific literacy, perception, and expectations about oil spill research among stakeholders. For guidelines and submission instructions, please see the attached document or visit http://gulfofmexicoconference.org/program/scientific-sessions/. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2013.

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