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Call for Symposia Proposals
Deadline to submit: Monday, July 22, 2019
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 2020 conference. 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, 2019. 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 22 2019, 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 PROPOSAL:
All proposals must be submitted via the online form by July 22, 2019. 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. Co-Organizer(s) provide contact information and affiliation of any co-organizers responsible for developing this symposium.

  3. Proposal Submit a brief overview describing the symposium (300 word maximum).

  4. Symposium Type - Invite Only (includes only speakers you have invited to present as part of your symposium), or Open Symposium (organizers are willing to accept presentations from the general pool of abstract submissions. The Program Committee will suggest appropriate talks.

  5. Duration - approximate time needed (Half-Day, Full-Day, Flexible).

  6. Proposed Schedule Provide a list of potential speakers and topics that will be covered. Note: a final confirmed list of presenters is not required for this proposal.

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

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

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 2019. 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 2019). 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.
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