Symposia Submission Criteria for Entomology 2020

Submission criteria vary by each program and/or Section. View the different submission criteria.

Program Symposia

Submissions should reflect the meeting theme, Entomology for All. Organizers are encouraged to be innovative and thoughtful in proposing appealing sessions that are inclusive and display the diversity of entomological science in terms of speaker locality and background (gender, ethnicity, career stage, etc.), professional affiliation (ESA members and non-members), professional identity (traditional entomologists or “individuals who work with arthropods but do not consider themselves entomologists”), and showcase international and/or cross-disciplinary collaborations.


Section Symposia

Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology (MUVE) Section

  • MUVE Section symposia submissions should relate broad aspects in medical, urban, and veterinary entomology. Speakers from diverse background are encouraged. Topics should reflect the general interest among MUVE members. They can be a combination on policies, research advances, extension, etc.

Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology (PBT) Section

  • PBT Section symposia submissions should seek to maximize inclusion of the following criteria:
    • At least one organizer is a member of the PBT section
    • Anticipated magnitude and breath of impact
    • Relationship to the annual meeting’s theme
    • Relevance of scientific and technical content to PBT members.
    • Timeliness of the topic relative to major research trends
    • Confirmed list of speakers (not required for submission but will be weighted higher than concept-only submissions without any speaker confirmation.).
    • Involvement of Early Career Professionals as organizers and or presenters.
    • Evidence of ethnic, gender and cultural diversity among organizers and or presenters.
    • Inter- Sectional relevance and fostering cross-sectional interactions.

Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Section

  • The P-IE Governing Council will use the following guidelines to evaluate the submissions. High-ranking symposia not selected as Section Symposia may be recommended as Member Symposia. 
    • Successful symposia submissions should relate to the meeting’s theme, “Entomology for All.” Example topics include communication, policy, societal benefits from entomology, and others.
    • We encourage organizers to be innovative, wildly creative, and thoughtful in proposing sessions that are engaging and visionary. Proposals that cover a diversity of topics, such as concepts, disciplines, ecosystems, taxa and others are highly encouraged.
    • Proposals are strongly encouraged that include collaborations and feature speakers from a variety of backgrounds and geographic regions (including gender, ethnicity, career stage, and organization/affiliation), reflecting the diversity of our members. Submitters should indicate how they have made an effort to ensure their proposal is inclusive and representative of the diverse P-IE membership.
    • Clearly define symposia objective(s), statement of purpose, speakers, and presentation topics.
    • Symposia proposals must provide an indication of speaker confirmation, and not just an ‘idea list.’
    • At least one organizer must be a member of the P-IE Section at the time of submission

Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity (SysEB) Section

  • The SysEB Governing Council will use the following guidelines to evaluate section symposia submissions. High-quality symposia not selected as Section Symposia may be recommended as Member Symposia.
    SysEB Section Symposia submissions should focus on broad topics and subjects across the diverse interests of SysEB Section membership as a whole. As such, submissions should include a detailed explanation of how their proposal will appeal to the broad interests of the Section. Submissions proposing topics that are taxon-focused may be submitted for consideration for Section Symposia but are typically better suited as Member Symposia.

    • Proposals should reflect the diversity of SysEB Section membership. Proposals should indicate explicitly how the symposium is inclusive and representative of the Section (these may include diversity with respect to gender, career stage, underrepresented groups in science, background, and/or geographic region).

    • Submissions on topics that are multidisciplinary in scope or are integrative/innovative in their approaches are encouraged.

    • Symposia proposals should provide an indication of speaker confirmation (e.g. whether the speaker has been invited, confirmed, or just an “idea” of who may present).


Member Symposia 

Submissions to this program may cover a wide range of topics and subject matter and may be more narrowly focused than submissions to the above categories and feature a variety of topics of interest to members, provided that the proposal is well crafted.

Have additional questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for Session Submissions.

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