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 Asilomar 2023!

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*NOW* due Aug 3, 2022

The American Society of Naturalists will be going back to Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California, to hold our stand-alone conference – Asilomar 2023 – on 6-10 January 2023!

Have an idea for a special symposium? We want to hear it!

Proposed symposium topics should support the Society’s goal to advance the conceptual unification of the biological sciences and to further knowledge in evolution, ecology, behavior, and organismal biology. Topics could center around important emerging issues in evolution, ecology, or behavior or focus on a pivotal historical paper, tracing its impact and exploring current cutting-edge research inspired by this work. A budget of up to $8,000 is available to defray travel, registration, and lodging costs for speakers.

Proposals should include (1) a title; (2) a description of the symposium topic (up to one page); (3) a list of six speakers, including institutional affiliations, who have agreed to participate in the symposium; (4) a justification for the symposium, explaining why the topic and speakers are appropriate for an ASN symposium (up to one page).

Please submit proposals by email (rachel.spigler[at] no later than midnight Eastern Time on Aug 3, 2022. (Questions? Feel free to email Rachel). Send your proposal as a single PDF attachment, under subject heading “ASN Asilomar 2023 Symposium Proposal”. A confirmation email will be sent within 1-2 days of receipt.

In line with the ASN’s commitment to diversity, we encourage including speakers from groups who have been historically excluded from STEM. Therefore, proposals that include a diverse list of speakers from a range of backgrounds, institutions, career stages, geography, gender, race etc. are especially encouraged. The Society’s selection committee will evaluate proposals based on their potential to attracting substantial audience and stimulate discussion, the significance and timeliness of the topic, and on the topic’s differing substantively from recent symposia hosted by the Society. Applicants will be notified of the decision before the end of July 2022.

Rachel Spigler
ASN Symposium Committee Chair
Department of Biology
Temple University