Organized symposia proposals will be accepted starting August 15, 2018. Symposia relevant to the meeting’s theme, "The Role of Wetlands in Meeting Global Environmental Challenges: Linking Wetland Science, Policy, and Society," are particularly encouraged. The extended symposia deadline is Monday, October 29, 2018.

Symposium proposal organizers are encouraged to be creative and focus on the uniqueness and interdisciplinary nature of attendees at the annual meeting. The Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals that highlight the meeting theme. However, proposals that are not directly related to the theme will be considered if they involve ground-breaking areas of research, technology, management, policy or combinations thereof. Proposals will be evaluated primarily on the current interest of their subject and the qualifications of proposed speakers. In general, interdisciplinary symposia that include speakers from multiple disciplines and organizations will be given preference over symposia that have more restricted topic coverage.

Symposia will be scheduled on Wednesday, May 29 – Friday, May 31. Symposia may fill up to three time blocks, with five presentations in each block; that is, the maximum number of speakers is fifteen in any given symposium. Each talk will be twenty minutes long, allowing ten minutes for an introduction at the start of each symposium block. If less than fifteen speakers are submitted, please consider reducing your symposium by filling only one or two time blocks.

Please note that all proposed speakers must submit an abstract when the abstract site opens in November 2018. If your symposium does not receive the full five, ten or fifteen abstracts by the submission deadline, oral presentation submissions for contributed sessions may be scheduled within your symposium time block(s) in order to fill the meeting program. Final schedule assignments will be determined by the Local Program Committee.

Please complete the below form by Monday, October 15, 2018. A submission confirmation will be sent for the applicant’s records upon receipt of the proposal. All proposed symposia will be evaluated by the Symposia Subcommittee and final decisions will be announced in November 2018.

If you would like to submit a PDF version of the symposium form, click here.