Call for Symposium Proposals for Evolution 2019 in Providence, Rhode Island

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Deadline 1 November 2018

The American Society of Naturalists invites proposals for a special symposium at the 2019 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 21-25, 2019, in Providence, RI.

Proposed 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 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 November 1, 2018, by email ( as a single pdf attachment, under subject heading: ASN Symposium Proposal: Evolution 2019. 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 differing substantively from recent symposia sponsored by the Society. All applicants will be notified of the decision before the end of December.

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