Annual Meeting Symposium

SVP 2019 Podium and poster Symposia (Invited speakers only)


The Program Committee for the SVP 79th Annual Meeting, October 9-12, 2019, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is calling for symposium proposals.

Symposia are intended to either 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.) or mark a step-change in our knowledge of a particular group or research area. Symposia may be organized for either a podium session, a poster session, or a combination of these two formats.

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 presenters. It should also be clear from this discussion why the symposium format is necessary and beneficial to the proposed topic. If appropriate, specific relevance to the meeting’s timing or location should be noted.
  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.
  3. A list of presenters and preliminary titles should be provided.
  • For podium symposia: Sessions 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 are limited to 12 minutes each with 3 minutes for questions
  • For poster symposia: A minimum of 10 titles are required for a given submission to be considered. Because of the flexible nature of poster symposia, additional titles may be added to the symposium when other relevant abstracts are identified by the Program Committee in consultation with the symposium organizers.
  • For combined podium and poster symposia: A minimum of 16 titles with both a tentative podium presentation and poster presentation list provided (with a minimum of 8 poster and 8 podium presentations, but more submissions in either category can be accepted up to a maximum of 16 podium presentations, with no limitation on poster presentations). Additional poster presentations may be added to the symposium by the Program Committee in consultation with the symposium organizers following review of other abstracts submitted to the meeting.

Proposals, including both the description and the list of presenters and titles, should not exceed two single-spaced pages in length. 

All abstracts submitted for symposia are reviewed by members of the Program Committee as part of the regular abstract review process and are subject to rejection or may be switched to a different presentation format.

Sample Podium Symposia text can be viewed in the 2018 Annual Meeting Circular.  Click here to view the Circular. 

Please send proposals to SVP Program co-chairs: Paul Barrett at Patricia Holroyd at The deadline for proposal submission for SVP Podium and Poster Symposia is December 1, 2018