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Call for Symposia
The deadline to submit: July 27, 2021
At this time we are looking for proposals for organized symposia. If you have an innovative idea on a timely subject that would appeal to fish and wildlife professionals from across the Midwest, we invite you to submit a proposal for consideration. 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 integrated 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 in early August.

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.

Anyone interested in coordinating a symposium for the conference should submit a proposal online by Tuesday, July 27, 2021.
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. You will be notified whether your symposium has been accepted by August. 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 September 21). 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.
IMPORTANT DATES:
  • Call for Submissions for Organized Symposia: Opens June 15; Deadline: July 27
  • Organized Symposia will be finalized and announced by early August. Symposia will be included as part of the technical program and will run concurrently with other technical sessions. All technical presentations within a special symposium, including those that have been invited, need to submit abstracts through the online call for papers portal.
  • Call for Abstracts for oral presentations and posters: Opens: August 10
  • Deadline to submit all abstracts (individual speakers within a symposium, general oral, and posters): September 21
  • Notifications of acceptance will be sent by end of September, and the schedule will be posted online by mid-October.
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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