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Call for Symposia Proposals
Deadline to submit: Monday, July 16, 2018
Have an innovative idea on a timely subject that would appeal to fish and wildlife professionals from across the Midwest? The Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Program Committee invites you to submit a symposium proposal for the 2019 conference, to be held January 27-30 in Cleveland, Ohio. The theme of the meeting is "Communicating Science to Fan the Flames of Conservation." This annual event will attract nearly 800 biologists, students, and scientists from local, state and provincial, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies, universities, and private companies across the 12 Midwestern states and provinces.

An organized symposium is a series of presentations that address aspects of a single topic or theme. Symposia are the scientific centerpiece of the conference and will run concurrently with other technical sessions. A symposium can consist of invited speakers only or be open to accepting presentations from the general call for abstracts, which will open by early August, 2018. Symposia topics related to the conference theme are highly encouraged, as well as those addressing aspects of fish and wildlife ecology, management, conservation, health, or human dimensions.

Anyone interested in coordinating a symposium for the conference should submit a proposal online by Monday, July 16 2018, 11:59 PM (EST). CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

Responsibilities of Symposia Organizers: Symposium organizers are responsible for recruiting presenters, soliciting their abstracts, and directing them to submit their abstracts and presentations through the Midwest online submission forms. The Program Committee will work with symposium organizers to incorporate appropriate presentations that are submitted as contributed papers.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT:
All proposals must be submitted via the online form by July 16, 2018. The site will lead you through the submission steps and you will be prompted to collect the information as noted below. You may initiate a submission, save your work, and return to complete or revise your submission up until the deadline.
  1. Symposium Title

  2. Organizer(s)/Convener(s) Please provide contact information and affiliation of all organizers of this symposium. Indicate a "Primary Organizer" - this will be the main contact person who will receive all related confirmation information.

  3. Symposium Type - Invite Only (includes only speakers you have organized and invited to submit an abstract for your symposium), or Open Symposium (organizers are willing to accept presentations from the general pool of abstract submissions. The Program Committee will then review all submitted abstracts through the regular call-for-presentations and assign appropriate talks to your symposium based on number of available time slots).

  4. Symposium Abstract Submit a brief overview describing the symposium (250 word maximum), including relevance to the overall conference theme, to be used to advertise your session.

  5. Theme/Topic - Please indicate an overall theme or list of up to four keywords that best describe the primary content and focus of your symposium.

  6. Duration - Describe the proposed format of this session and approximate time needed (Half-Day, Full-Day). Symposia usually are a half-day; however, requests for full day may be considered.

  7. Proposed Schedule Provide a list of potential speakers, in sequence, including any introductory and closing remarks, question & answer periods, or moderated discussion time slot(s). The structure of the symposia should generally follow the timing of talks (20-minute time slots) to align with the regular schedule of technical sessions, so that attendees can easily move from one to the other with minimal disruption to presenters.

  8. Comments, Questions, and Notes - Please provide any additional comments, questions or notes for the Program Chairs regarding your proposed symposium.

Conference Questions: Contact Meg Boera meg@delaneymeetingevent.com.
SUBMIT A PROPOSAL
SUBMISSION EVALUATION & NOTIFICATION: Proposals will be evaluated on timeliness of the subject, importance to the profession and/or contribution to science, and the overall quality of the written proposal. Applicants will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted by end of July 2018. Once the symposium is accepted, each invited speaker will be required to submit an abstract following the procedure for regular abstracts (which will be due mid- September 2018). We will accept symposium proposals that include unfilled presentation slots. These slots will be filled with relevant presentations from the pool of regular submissions. The Program Committee will consult with the symposium organizer to identify appropriate talks. All presenters will need to register and pay for the conference.
ABOUT THE SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM
The scientific program will consist of three types of sessions:

Organized Symposia - a series of integrated presentations that address aspects of a single topic or theme, submitted as an organized group of speakers;

Contributed Oral Presentations - individual oral presentations that are grouped into sessions by conference organizers; and

Poster Presentations - 4'x4' printed poster showcased as part of the Poster Viewing & Reception.

Call for Abstracts for contributed oral presentations and poster presentations will be collected online, beginning in early August.
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