Southwestern Branch Call for Symposia

The SWB Program Committee is currently requesting proposals for symposia for the 2021 Virtual Meeting. Submitted symposia must be relevant to current and emerging areas of entomological interest to the membership of the SWB Branch of ESA.

All symposia ideas are welcome. We particularly encourage SWB focused symposia. Topics can include insect vectors of human pathogens, challenges, and opportunities for implementing IPM, urban and landscape entomology, insects in food and feed, advances in thrips management, trends in social insect biology, and public and veterinary health. We also encourage submissions from Early Career Professionals and graduate students. In addition to traditional symposia, we encourage creative symposia including those featuring workshops or demonstrations, Cotton is an expanding crop, strategies for success in teaching, research, and extension during COVID lockdowns, ecosystem services by insects, bee and pollinator issues, climate change, ticks and kissing bugs., etc.

How to Submit a Symposium Topic

If you would like to discuss a symposium idea prior to submitting a proposal or if you have questions, please contact Drs. Sonja Swiger and Andrine Shufran.

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

  • Session Title
  • Summary Statement of the Goal or Concept, and Objectives
  • Brief Symposium Description (50 words or less, required)
  • List of several speakers you plan to invite to participate in your symposium
  • Comments for Program Organizers (not required)
  • Total time required (approximate)
  • Organizer name(s) and contact information

Symposia Proposal Deadlines

The deadline for the preliminary submission of the symposium topic is April 30, 2021. All successful applications will be confirmed and notified by May 10, 2021. The deadline for submission of final symposium details including the finalized list of speakers is May 24.

Submit your proposal

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