2020 Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference and Forum

Visions for the Future

April 2–4, 2020
Dillingham, Alaska

Update 3/11/2020

WAISC 2020 has been canceled, due to public health concerns.

The WAISC event organizers recently met to discuss the emerging information about the COVID-19 virus and resulting pandemic. Due to concerns caused directly and indirectly by the virus, we have decided to cancel the WAISC 2020 and SWIM events that were scheduled for April 2020. The next regularly scheduled conference will take place online in 2021.

The annual Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference (WAISC) aims to bring together local and indigenous knowledge of subsistence–based communities and other scientific research relevant to Western Alaska; including economic, ecological, social, and health issues important to rural communities. This is the fourth time WAISC will be held in Dillingham, and this year’s conference focuses on the future threats and opportunities in the face of a changing climate.

The South West Interagency-Fish Meeting (SWIM) and Arctic AAAS Conference will be held in conjunction with WAISC.


Second call for papers

The WAISC 2020 call for papers has been extended. Abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations are due March 16, 2020.


The registration fee is $130, or $105 early registration until March 15, 2020. Residents of the Bristol Bay region can enter code bristolbay during checkout to have the registration fee waived. The Friday banquet is included for those paying the registration fee, but if you are claiming the resident fee waiver and wish to attend the banquet, please select the option to purchase a $30 banquet ticket during online registration. Other attendees can also use this option to purchase a second ticket for a guest. Attendees paying the full registration fee should not purchase a banquet ticket for themselves.

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