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Call for Symposia Proposals
Symposia — Deadline to submit: Monday, July 17, 2017
Now accepting symposia proposals!

The Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference invites you to submit a symposium proposal for the 2018 conference, to be held January 28-31, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The theme of the meeting is “Strengthening Natural Resources Through Collaboration.” This annual event will attract nearly 1,200 biologists and students from state, federal, and tribal natural resources agencies across the 12 Midwestern states.

An Organized Symposium is a series of presentations that address aspects of a single topic or theme. Symposia will run concurrently with other technical sessions. Symposia topics related to the conference theme are highly encouraged, as well as addressing aspects of fish and wildlife ecology, management, conservation, or wildlife disease.

Responsibilities of Symposia Organizers
Organizers are responsible for coordinating with the Program Committee, planning their sessions, selecting presenters, moderating their sessions, and meeting all deadlines. Midwest Fish & Wildlife does not pay registration fees, travel expenses, or honoraria for symposium organizers or presenters. All organizers and invited speakers must register for the conference.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMITTING A SYMPOSIUM ABSTRACT:
Please include all the requested information to ensure that the program committee receives the information necessary to review your proposal.

All proposals must be submitted via the online form by Monday, July 17, 2017 and must include the following information:
  1. Symposium Title

  2. Organizer(s)/Convener(s) – Please provide contact name and affiliation of any and all organizers of this symposium. Indicate “Primary Organizer” – this will be the main contact person and will receive all related confirmation information.

  3. Symposium Type - Invite Only (only speakers who you have invited will be able to submit an abstract for your symposium), or Open Symposium (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 timeslots.

  4. Symposium Abstract – Submit a brief overview describing the symposium (200 words) 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 three 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 or Full-Day)

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

  8. Comments - Please provide any additional comments or notes for the Program Chair.
For questions, contact: Scott Hull, Director, Office of Applied Science, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (Scott.Hull@Wisconsin.gov).
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 the end of July 2017. 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 2017). 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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