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. www.botanyconference.org
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:
www.botanyconference.org. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Herendeen, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL 60022
(847) 835-6956, email@example.com
Dr. Jon Shaw, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-7344, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eddie Watkins, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 228-7660, email@example.com
And/or your sponsoring BSA Sectional Program Chair. Please see: