Call for Symposia & Workshops

(due by 1 August 2022, 5 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

The International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology will be held 28 July – 1 August 2023, at the Cairns Convention Centre in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
We are now inviting proposals for symposia and workshops that should be of broad interest to the science of vertebrate morphology. The intent for each symposium is to provide a forum for speakers to explore a topic by providing reviews or summaries that will engage and inform the diverse audience of ICVM. Workshops provide the opportunity for more open discussion and hands-on exploration of a subject or method.

Guidelines for proposals:

1. Proposals should use the template provided below.

2. Symposia and workshops should have a minimum of two conveners, who come from different countries.

3. Provide a title and description of the symposium or workshop. The description should provide a rationale for its significance, timeliness, and appropriateness for ICVM.

4. Symposia

a. Conveners should develop proposals that not only have strong scientific content but also significant international representation and diversity of both perspectives and demographics.

b. Specify whether the proposed symposium is (1) oral only, (2) poster only, or (3) mixed.

c. For oral symposia, talk slots can be up to the discretion of the conveners, but should be in multiples of 15 minutes (15-, 30-, 45-minutes, etc.) so that the program can remain synchronized with other sessions. For example, a symposium could have a longer “keynote” address and a series of shorter talks. Proposals should specify whether the symposium would be a half-day (one 3-hour block) or a full-day (two 3-hour blocks). Proposals also should identify speakers who have expressed interest in participating and provide a rough title or topic of their presentation. Oral symposia may also choose to have some posters associated with their symposium, which will be grouped together in the poster session.

d. For poster symposia, posters will be grouped together to facilitate interaction among poster presenters as well as with congress attendees. As with oral symposia, proposals should identify poster presenters who have expressed interest in participating and provide a rough title or topic of their poster. There should be at least eight posters in a poster symposium but the upper limit is flexible and can be discussed with the SPC.

5. Workshop proposals should specify whether they will be half-day or full-day and whether any special logistical needs are a concern. They also should indicate the general format for the workshop.

ISVM is unable to provide funding for symposia and workshops (other than normal facilities costs), and so conveners are encouraged to seek funding from governmental agencies, journals, other scholarly societies, private sponsors, or others.

The ISVM Scientific Program Committee (SPC) will review the proposals and perhaps request more information or offer suggestions. The SPC encourages dialog with conveners to help focus symposia proposals, address potential overlap with other proposals, etc. The intent is to provide a slate of symposia and workshops that represent the breadth of vertebrate morphology.
Please submit proposals by e-mail to the Chair of the SPC, Dr. Olga Panagiotopoulou <olga.panagiotopoulou@monash.edu>.



Cairns, Australia 28 July - 1 August 2023

Please note the rescheduled dates!


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