Annual Meeting 2018 Symposium

Call for SVP Symposium Proposals

The Program Committee for the SVP 78th Annual Meeting, October 17-20, 2018, at the Albuquerque Convention Centre, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, is calling for symposium proposals in two categories: Podium Symposia and Poster Symposia.

Sample Podium Symposium text can be viewed by clicking here
Proposals for SVP Symposia should include:
1. A concise summary and discussion of the symposium topic.  In particular, the unifying research themes underlying the symposium should be clearly elucidated, and tied explicitly to the list of planned speakers.  It should also be clear from this discussion why the symposium format is necessary and beneficial to the proposed topic.  Symposia are intended to unify work that would not normally be exhibited together (e.g., presentations on the same time period or from the same locality/geological unit but about different taxonomic groups; projects that use related analytical methods but on different types of animals, etc.).  If appropriate, specific relevance to the meeting’s timing or location should be noted.


  • For podium symposia:  A list of speakers and preliminary titles. Symposia are two hours, two and a half hours or four hours in duration and must include either 8, 10 or 16 presentation slots respectively (all presentations must be limited to 12 minutes each allowing 3 minutes for questions and discussions). This presentation time format will also apply to all other oral presentations (technical and Romer). Five or six associated poster presentations are also welcome.


  • For poster symposia: A list of authors and preliminary titles. A minimum of 10 titles are required for a given submission to be considered. Because of the flexible nature of poster symposia, it will be possible to add additional titles to the symposium when abstracts are submitted.

2. A summary of demographic data for confirmed presenters that provides information on a) gender, and b) career stage. Although there are no specific requirements, diversity is encouraged and is a criterion that can be considered by the Program Committee in its deliberations.
Proposals, including both the written proposal and the list of speakers and titles, should not exceed two single-spaced pages in length.  All abstracts submitted for symposia are subject to review by members of the Program Committee as part of the regular abstract review process and are subject to rejection or being switched to a non-preferred format.
Sample Podium Symposia text can be viewed at in the 2017 Annual Meeting Circular.   
Please send proposals to SVP Program co-chairs: Paul Barrett at and Patricia Holroyd at The deadline for proposal submission for SVP Podium and Poster Symposia is December 1, 2017. Acceptance of a Podium or Poster Symposia proposal does not guarantee acceptance of all included abstracts. As for the technical sessions, all abstracts submitted for the symposia are rigorously reviewed by the Program Committee and subject to rejection.