Call for Symposium Proposals for the ASN Stand-Alone Meeting in 2018

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Asilomar, California 5-9 Jan 2018 -- DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The American Society of Naturalists invites symposium proposals for their stand-alone meeting, to be held at Asilomar in Monterey, California 5-9 January 2018. Two symposia will be chosen for this meeting, to run on separate days, in addition to a special symposium celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first publication of the American Naturalist. Paper proposals for the special anniversary symposium are being solicited separately here.

Symposium topics should support the Society’s goal to advance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences and further knowledge in evolution, ecology, behavior and organismal biology. Proposals are encouraged on topics that are synthetic, interdisciplinary or that address important emerging issues in evolution, ecology and behavior.

Proposals should include

  1. a title; 
  2. a description of the symposium topic (one page);
  3. a tentative list of speakers, including institutional affiliations;
  4. a justification for the symposium explaining why the topic and speakers are appropriate for an ASN meeting, keeping in mind the broader goals of the society; and 
  5. a statement that all proposed invited speakers have agreed to participate. 

Organizers should plan the symposia to run from approximately 1:30-5:30, and can divide this time amongst speakers as they wish, reserving time for a coffee break.

Proposals must be submitted by midnight Eastern Standard Time on April 14, 2017 by email to as a single pdf attachment, under subject heading: ASN Asilomar Symposium Proposal. Proposals that include women, young investigators, and individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. 

Please note that the society does not have the funds to pay for travel or lodging expenses of the chosen speakers. But, in exceptional circumstances we may consider requests to waive conference registration costs for junior participants in symposia. Regardless, there may be opportunities to seek external symposium funding.

The Society’s selection committee will evaluate proposals based on the likelihood of attracting a substantial audience, the significance and timeliness of the topic, and on it being substantively different from recent symposia hosted by the Society. All applicants will be notified of the decision by late April 2017.

Emilie Snell-Rood
ASN Symposium Committee Chair
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
University of Minnesota