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.

Survey on Having Virtual Evolution 2020

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We are all saddened that we will not be able to gather in June in Cleveland to talk science with our ASN, SSB, and SSE friends and colleagues.  Currently, we are exploring the possibility of hosting a VIRTUAL meeting so we can keep our scientific conversations going. 

Because the program must be much more limited than what we would have done in Cleveland, we want to especially focus on engagement by graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and very early career scientists in our societies.  We also want to use this as an opportunity to possibly explore new types of interactions that we might be able to have in such a format.

One bright spot is that a virtual meeting will greatly reduce our meeting’s carbon footprint.  And this will be the first or second professional society meeting that you will attend that is free, and you can sleep in your own bed each night.

We would appreciate if you would complete our online questionnaire so that we can gauge the interest in such a meeting.

You can find the questionnaire at

If you have any questions or further suggestions about this meeting, or would like to volunteer to help out, please email Mark McPeek


Thank you for helping us plan,

Susan Kalisz, President

American Society of Naturalists