Annual Meeting Symposium

Call for SVP 2020 Symposium Proposals

The Program Committee for the SVP 80th Annual Meeting, October 14-17, 2020, at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A., is calling for symposium proposals.

Symposia are intended to either unify work that would not normally be presented or 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 a podium session or a poster session or a combination of the two.

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. Samples of symposia descriptions can be found in prior meeting circulars.
  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 or 10 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 consideration. Because of the flexible nature of poster symposia, additional titles may be added to the symposium when abstracts are submitted.
  • For combined podium and poster symposia: A minimum of 10 titles with both a tentative podium presentation and poster presentation list provided. Additional poster presentations may be added to the symposium when abstracts are submitted.

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 2019 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 2, 2019