Symposia are important components of the Annual Meeting. They allow researchers in a given subfield to come together and present the latest research in that area; society members benefit by interacting with the symposium participants. We invite the submission of symposium proposals for SSAR at the Annual Joint Meetings of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (JMIH). Each society is allowed to sponsor one symposium for the JMIH. Below are the guidelines for symposium proposal submission set forth by SSAR.
Proposal Submission—Proposals (3-page maximum) for consideration by SSAR should contain the following:
1. Symposium Title (or Topic).
2. Name of the Symposium Organizer (phone number and e-mail address).
a. Names of Symposium Co-organizers.
3. Information on topic and background.
4. What benefit is the topic to the Society?
5. List of potential speakers and topics.
6. Length of symposium (1/2 day or 1 day).
7. Sources of funding other than SSAR.
8. SSAR funding requested, with a short budget (maximum request = $4,000).
PROPOSALS DUE TO THE SSAR COORDINATOR by 1 March of the year prior to the year of the joint meetings (i.e., proposals submitted this year will be evaluated for a symposium at next year’s JMIH).
Proposals should be submitted electronically (as PDF, Word, or RTF documents) to the Coordinator:
Dr. Richard D. Durtsche
Department of Biological Sciences
Northern Kentucky University
SSAR Review Process:
1. Proposals received by the SSAR symposium coordinator will be sent for external review, and comments forwarded to the SSAR Board.
2. Decisions of the SSAR Board on sponsorship of a symposium from submitted proposals (ranked based on merit) will be made and symposium organizers will be informed of the decision by the SSAR Board or Symposium Coordinator. Notification will be made at or shortly after the JMIH one year in advance of the JMIH for which the symposium is proposed.
3. The symposium selected by SSAR will be submitted to the JMIH Meeting Management and Planning Committee (MMPC) as it’s sponsored symposium (one symposium is allowed for each society). If a society fails to support a symposium, a replacement symposium can be offered by another society, if approved by the MMPC.