American Society of Naturalists

A membership society whose goal is to advance and to diffuse knowledge of organic evolution and other broad biological principles so as to enhance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences.

Call for Symposium Proposals for 2017

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Symposium at Evolution 2017 (with emphasis on the 150th Anniversary of The American Naturalist)

Due September 1, 2016

The American Society of Naturalists invites symposium proposals for a special symposium to be held at the 2017 annual joint meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Society of Systematic Biologists, to be held June 23-27, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

The committee will consider all submitted proposals. However, because 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of The American Naturalist, we are especially keen to sponsor a symposium that broadly celebrates the journal and the society. For instance, a symposium might bring together talks that use diverse natural history approaches to investigate a conceptual issue, or target speakers that have a track record of publishing in the journal, or highlight topics that promise to be especially pressing for the society in the coming decades. A travel, registration, and accommodation budget of $8,000 is provided to help with expenses.

Symposium at ESA 2017

Due September 1, 2016

The American Society of Naturalists invites symposium proposals for a special symposium to be held at the 2017 Ecological Society of America annual meeting August 6-11, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. By holding this second annual symposium at ESA, ASN hopes to strengthen ties between the society and ecologists.

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. Because this symposium is in conjunction with the ecology meeting, special weight will be given to integrative topics of interest to ecologists. A travel, registration, and accommodation budget of $8,000 is provided to help with expenses.

 

Proposal Procedures

Proposals should include (1) a title; (2) a description of the symposium topic (one page); (3) a tentative list of six speakers, including institutional affiliations; (4) a justification for the symposium explaining why the topic and speakers are appropriate for a Society-sponsored symposium (up to one page).

Please submit proposals by midnight Eastern Standard Time on September 1, 2016 by email (emilies@umn.edu) as a single pdf attachment, under subject heading: ASN Symposium Proposal: ESA 2017. Proposals that include women, young investigators and individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

The Society’s selection committee will evaluate proposals based on the significance and timeliness of the topic, and on it being substantively different from recent symposia sponsored by the Society. All applicants will be notified of the decision in time to submit their proposal materials to the ESA symposium committee.

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

emilies@umn.edu