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 Evolution 2020

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Deadline 1 October 2019

Proposals for a Symposium to be held at the 2020 SSE/ASN/SSB Meeting in Cleveland, OH

The American Society of Naturalists invites proposals for a special symposium at the 2020 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 19-23, 2020, in Cleveland, OH.

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. Proposals should be synthetic and interdisciplinary, and address important emerging issues in evolution, ecology, or behavior. A budget of $8,000 for travel, registration, and accommodation is provided to help defray expenses.

Proposals should include (1) a title; (2) a description of the symposium topic (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 a Society-sponsored symposium (up to one page).

Please submit proposals by midnight Eastern Standard Time on October 1, 2019, by email to Marjorie Weber ( and/or Kathleen M. Kay ( as a single PDF attachment, under the subject heading "ASN Symposium Proposal: Evolution 2020". 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 likelihood of attracting a substantial audience, the significance and timeliness of the topic, and on the topic’s differing substantively from recent symposia hosted by the Society. All applicants will be notified of the decision before the end of November.

Kathleen M. Kay
ASN Symposium Committee Chair
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Santa Cruz