TWS Call for Abstracts
Joint Conference of The Wildlife Society
and The American Fisheries Society
This is an exciting year! The Wildlife Society and the American Fisheries Society will hold their first-ever joint conference in Reno, Nevada from September 29 – October 3, 2019. The Conference will include workshops, symposia, panel discussions, contributed oral presentations, contributed posters, and student research in progress posters.
We invite you to submit abstracts for prospective contributed oral or poster presentation on topics of fisheries, and wildlife ecology, management, conservation, education, or policy. Abstracts will not be published, so we encourage reports from the author’s most recent scientific investigations and management experiences. The theme for Conference is Common Pathways for Conservation; presentation or poster abstracts incorporating this theme as well as topics that bridge fisheries and wildlife are especially invited for contributed sessions as well.
Please note that fisheries topics should be submitted to the AFS submission site, and wildlife topics should be submitted to the TWS submission site. Interdisciplinary abstracts are encouraged and welcomed, and should be submitted to the site of the discipline with which the presenter most associates. Please do not submit the same abstract to both submission sites.
Contributed Oral Presentations will be scheduled for 20 minutes, which includes 15 minutes for the presentation and five minutes for questions.
Contributed Posters will be scheduled by topic, presenters will present a printed version of their poster at the conference as well as upload a PDF of their poster no later than September 29, 2019.
Student Research in Progress Posters: All undergraduate, M.S., and Ph.D. students with research in progress can submit an abstract for this session. Abstracts submitted can include 1) research that is in progress; 2) a proposed research project (with a focus on study design); 3) results from completed undergraduate research projects; or 4) student chapter research projects that may not be appropriate for the regular poster sessions (these may include a class or group research project). Presenters will need to bring a printed version of their poster to display at the conference as well as upload a PDF of their poster than September 29, 2019.
Instructions for Submitting Abstracts
We will use an online for abstract submission, the submission site will be open on February 19, 2018, and at that time a link will be made available through this Call for Abstracts. The submission site will lead you through the submission steps; guidelines for submissions are summarized below. You may initiate a submission, save your work, and return to complete or revise your submission as often as you like until the submission deadline. The submission deadline is April 5, 2019 at 11:59 pm CST. Abstracts that miss this deadline will not be considered. Please note: Only one contributed paper, contributed poster or student work in progress abstract per primary author.
Abstracts must be under 300 words, and should include a statement of objectives, brief description of methods, results, and conclusions. Do not include paper/poster title or author information in the abstract. Include scientific names in the abstract but not in the paper/poster title. You will be asked to choose one of the following subject categories.
TWS and AFS do not pay registration fees, travel expenses or honoraria for workshop, symposium or panel discussion organizers or presenters. All organizers and invited speakers must register for the conference. Organizers may seek outside support for these expenses.
Contributed abstracts will be evaluated based on technical merit and contribution to our knowledge of species, populations, communities, ecological processes, management practices, conservation initiatives, education models, communication, or policy issues. Oral presentations and posters should present results from completed studies or completed phases of long-term projects. Work in progress is more appropriate for presentation at local or regional meetings and will not be accepted.
Student Research-in-Progress abstracts will be evaluated based on technical merit and contribution to our knowledge of species, populations, communities, ecological processes, management practices, conservation initiatives, education models, communication, or policy issues. Work does not need to be completed to be submitted.
All abstracts will have a blind review by two to three reviewers. Please note that presentations from students are welcome but are not given preferential treatment. We have found that students do just as well as or better than professionals under our blind review process. Due to time/space limitations we will not be able to accept all papers and posters submitted.
Notice of Decision
Notice of decision will be made on or about May 13, 2019 via email.
All presenters MUST register and pay the appropriate conference registration fee. Early Bird registration is strongly recommended. Registration information will be posted on the 2019 Joint Conference website, afstws2019.org in May 2018.
Please direct any questions related to proposal preparation or submission to Tricia Fry, Program Committee Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.