Call for Botany 2013 Symposia, Colloquia, Workshops, and Discussion Sessions

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Botany 2013 – Celebrating Diversity” will be held in New Orleans, LA July 26 -31, 2013. 

Societies participating in Botany 2013 will include: the American Bryological and Lichenological 

Society (ABLS), the American Fern Society (AFS), the American Society of Plant Taxonomists 

(ASPT), and the Botanical Society of America (BSA). In preparation for Botany 2013 we are 

now soliciting proposals for symposia, colloquia, workshops, and discussion sessions.

Symposia are organized around a topic of potential broad interest, are timely because of recent 

advances or synthesis in the field, or are particularly relevant to the conference venue. 

Colloquia are organized around more specialized topics with all presentations adhering to the 

standard 15 minute timeframe. The number of presentations in a colloquium is variable (16 

maximum). Discussion sessions (“roundtable discussions”) are organized around a particular 

topic of interest with the bulk of the time devoted to discussion that engages the audience. 

Workshops are distinguished from symposia and colloquia by the inclusion of time devoted to 

hands-on activities (e.g., software demonstrations, data analysis tutorials, etc.).  

Submission Site to Open September 1, 2012.

Submission of Symposia Proposals - Deadline: October 15, 2012 

Members are encouraged to organize symposia for the annual meeting. We strongly encourage

cross Society/Sectional symposia. Each proposed symposium must have a coherent, timely,

and preferably cross disciplinary theme. The sequence of speakers and progression of topics in

the symposium should be considered carefully. Symposia will be half-day programs (four hours:

8:00-12:00, 1:30-5:30); full day symposia will not be considered. Individual talks in symposia are

generally 30 minutes in length (inclusive of questions), although 15 minute talks may be

accepted at the discretion of the symposium organizer. Time devoted to synthesis and

discussion is strongly encouraged. The symposium program may include an introduction as well

as concluding discussion. An example symposium program is outlined in the timetable below:

15 min introduction (optional), three symposium speakers at 30 minutes each, coffee break, and

three symposium speakers at 30 minutes each followed by a Discussion.

Introduction (optional) 15 min

Three Speakers 30 min X 3 = 1.5 hr

Coffee Break 30 min

Three Speakers 30 min X 3 = 1.5 hr

Discussion/ Summary (optional) 15 min

Approval of symposium proposals is a two-step process. First, a symposium proposal must be

approved for sponsorship, either in name only or with financial support, by at least one

disciplinary section of the BSA and/or another society participating in Botany 2013. Second, all

proposals approved by a Section or partnering Society will be evaluated by the Botany 2013

Program Committee, which is composed of all the Program Directors, to select those with the

greatest potential interest to conference participants, while maximizing the diversity of

disciplines, subject areas, and appropriate balance of gender and career stage of the presenters

represented in the symposium selection. To minimize conflicts there will be no more than two

concurrent symposia at any time, for a total of 12 symposia for the conference. It may be useful

for planning purposes for symposium organizers to communicate their symposium idea with the

appropriate Program Director before submitting the proposal (contact details below).



submitted using the submission site at: The site will open September 1, 2012

Copies of proposals will be sent by email to the organizer and the Program Directors listed


Colloquia do not require formal approval (and do not receive funding) but proposals are

requested to facilitate listing and promoting the colloquia on the conference web site. Similar to

a symposium, a colloquium contains papers that are conceptually related and address a

specialized topic. Unlike a symposium, all presentations and discussions in a colloquium adhere

strictly to a 15-minute timeframe but have greater flexibility in the number of scheduled

presentations. Colloquia are listed on the conference web site and are available for submission

of contributed abstracts. A Colloquium may include 8-16 papers, although colloquium proposals

with a lesser number of talks will be considered.

The deadline for receiving proposals is October 15, 2012.

For additional information or questions, please contact the appropriate Program Director:


David Spooner, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


(608) 890-0309,


Patrick Herendeen, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL 60022

(847) 835-6956,


Dr. Jon Shaw, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708

(919) 660-7344,


Eddie Watkins, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346

(315) 228-7660,

And/or your sponsoring BSA Sectional Program Chair. Please see:

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