Friday, September 22, 2017

Call for Symposia Proposals - 2019 IBS Biennial Conference (Malaga, Spain)

The International Biogeography Society (IBS) seeks proposals for symposia for the 2019 Biennial Conference, 8-12 January, 2019 in Malaga, Spain.  The symposia are an integral part of our meeting as they are in the form of plenary sessions in which all attendees participate.  These plenary symposia provide opportunity for several speakers (typically 5-6) to present cutting-edge work that will appeal to a broad cross-section of Biogeographers. Ideally these findings address a current debate or provide synthesis and integration for a selected theme or topic, and we encourage organizers to include speakers from a diverse background (e.g., age, gender, geographic location).  Symposia held at previous meetings are available on the IBS website,

Symposium proposals should include the following information:
  • Name, institution and email of organizers.  Please delegate a single organizer as the point of contact between the organizers and the IBS.
  • Names (institution, email and tentative title) of 4-6 speakers.  Please only list speakers that you have contacted regarding the symposium and indicate their current level of commitment (tentative or confirmed).
  • Title of symposium
  • Session description (focus on the theme and strong justification): < 600 words.

IBS will provide partial financial support for travel of symposia speakers, but we expect the remainder of expenses to be covered by symposium speakers and organizers. We strongly encourage organizers to convey this information to potential speakers and try to use the partial financial support in an optimal manner. 

Review process:  All proposals will be peer reviewed by external reviewers selected by the IBS board using a score system. 

Submission and questions: Please send proposals for symposia by email to Pedro Peres-Neto (, IBS VP for Conferences.

DEADLINE:  15th December 2017

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