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 ASN 2020 at Asilomar, California 3-7 January

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Deadline 5 April 2019

The American Society of Naturalists invites proposals for symposia at its stand-alone meeting at Asilomar, in Monterey, California, 3-7 January 2020. Two symposia will be selected.

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 are encouraged on topics that are synthetic and 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 pm, and may allocate this time amongst speakers as they wish, reserving time for a coffee break.

Proposals must be submitted by midnight Eastern Standard Time on April 5, 2019 by email to as a single pdf attachment and under the subject heading: ASN Asilomar Symposium Proposal. Proposals that include women, young investigators, and individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Please note that, as with previous Asilomar meetings, the society does not have funds to pay for travel or lodging expenses of speakers. However, we may consider requests to waive conference registration costs for junior participants in symposia in cases of financial hardship. Nevertheless, speakers should assume that they will likely have to cover their own travel costs.

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 committee’s decision by late April 2019.

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

Accessibility information for Asilomar Convention Center:

Asilomar is an historic location right on the Pacific coast--with older buildings and fairly steep hills in the park.