2020 State of the Science Workshop

State of the Science Workshop on Wildlife and Offshore Wind Energy 2020: Cumulative Impacts

The 2020 State of the Science Workshop will be held virtually this year in response to COVID-19. Plenary presentations and Q&A panel discussions will occur via a web-based platform throughout the week of November 16-20. Smaller working meetings will be held virtually in late 2020 and early 2021, and efforts will culminate in a final webinar in the Spring of 2021 to report the outcomes of the breakout group efforts. 


Workshop efforts will remain focused on assessing the state of the knowledge regarding offshore wind development's cumulative effects on populations and ecosystems and working to identify key studies that could be conducted in the next 3-5 years to improve our understanding of cumulative biological impacts as the offshore wind industry develops in the U.S. 


Given that the event is now fully virtual, no registration fee will be charged. If you have already registered for the meeting, your registration will be refunded in the coming weeks. Please contact Edward Jenkins for more information.

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The fully virtual program will include a mix of plenary sessions, live Q&A discussions, and working meetings to develop a research agenda on cumulative impacts. 

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now closed. If you submitted an abstract, you will receive information on acceptance by October 16.


Registration for the virtual workshop is free this year. Registration will close on October 30th, 2020. 



The first State of the Science Workshop (Nov. 2018) focused on understanding the state of the science on wildlife and offshore wind development.

More Information

Contact Kate Williams and Edward Jenkins, conference organizers on behalf of NYSERDA, with questions regarding the scientific program or logistics.

Photo credits: Loggerhead sea turtle © Kate Sutherland

The Environmental Technical Working Group (E-TWG) is a New York State outreach and collaboration effort with environmental stakeholders and offshore wind energy developers.

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