Southwestern Branch Call for Symposia

The Program Committee is currently requesting proposals for symposia for the 2024 ESA Southwestern Branch Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are soliciting symposia that showcase entomological research in the southwest. We also welcome symposia that showcase members who engage in science with their stakeholders, involving them in the discovery, experimental design, and in the scientific process. 

We particularly encourage collaborative symposia with organizers and speakers from various organizations in the southwest on topics of mutual interest. Traditional symposia topics, along with topics related to professional development, topics that promote the interests of students and early professionals, and others are also welcome. Be creative in developing your submissions!

The deadline for symposia submissions is Friday, December 1, 2023. All successful applications will be confirmed and notified by mid-December. 

If you would like to discuss a symposium idea prior to submitting a proposal, please contact the Program Chairs, Joanie King and Bryant McDowell.

Submit your symposium proposal

Symposia Proposal Requirements

Proposals are to be submitted online, and submitters will be required to provide:

  • Session Title
  • Summary Statement of the Goal or Concept, and Objectives
    • This statement will be used by the Program Chairs to evaluate the submission. A strong summary statement should include:
      • Topic being addressed
      • Scope of topic
      • Relevance of topic
      • Goal or objectives
  • Symposium Description (50 words or less)
    • Provide a short (3-4 sentences) session overview describing what the attendees will take away from your session. Think marketing and edu-tainment. This will be posted in the online program to aid attendees in selecting the sessions that they wish to attend.
  • List of several speakers you plan to invite to participate in your symposium
    • Where possible, include the topic you would like each speaker to address (or title of talk), speaker's career-level, area of expertise, and whether the speaker's participation has been confirmed.
  • Select whether the symposium will consist of Live or Pre-recorded presentations
  • Comments for Program Organizers (optional)
  • Total time required
    • 2, 3, or 4 hours
  • Organizer name(s) and contact information

Submit your symposium proposal

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