AOS 2019 Call for Symposia
Submission Deadline: December 15, 2018, at 11:59pm EST

The 137th meeting of the American Ornithological Society (AOS) will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, from 24–28 June 2019. We are now requesting proposals for symposia (half-day, full-day, and lightning) at the conference.

We seek a suite of thematic sessions at AOS on a wide range of timely topics that highlight exciting advances in ornithological research, management, education, and conservation. Proposals that emphasize the theme of the 2019 AOS conference (Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries) are especially encouraged. 

Symposia provide an opportunity to bring together invited experts to share their results and experience related to a new or timely topic in ornithology. The talks within a symposium should be focused around a central theme and allow for thorough coverage of that theme. Organizers may request half- or full-day sessions; morning sessions include six 15-min timeslots, afternoon sessions include twelve 15-min timeslots, and all-day symposia include eighteen 15-min timeslots. Talks should be multiples of 15-min and each symposium may include a summary or panel discussion in its final 1–2 timeslots. 

Lightning Symposia consist of pre-timed 5-min invited talks that address a common theme/question in ornithology. The organizer(s) of a lightning symposium will ensure that all talks are preset to 5-min with slides advancing automatically.

Organizers and invited speakers for all symposia are expected to pay for full conference registration and are responsible for their own travel expenses. Organizer(s) of accepted symposia will be responsible for compiling and submitting abstracts for the presenters in their symposium. Instructions and deadlines will be provided to the organizers when they are notified of acceptance of the symposium. Organizer(s) will also be responsible for inviting and confirming attendance by prospective speakers at their symposium.

NOTE: If you wish to submit a proposal for a Workshop or Round-Table Discussion, refer to the Workshops & Round Tables page for the respective application links.

All proposals for symposia must be received by 15 December 2018

Send questions to the AOS Scientific Program Committee Chair, Courtney Conway (via email to with the subject AOS Symposium/Workshop.


PROPOSALS for symposia must be submitted online via the Member Portal.

Already have an existing Member Portal account?

If you already have have a Member Portal username and password (e.g., you are a current or previous member of AOS or one of the other OSNA societies), you can navigate directly to the submission form using the following link*:

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Once you have your account established, you can navigate to the submission form by selecting “View Open Competitions” in the Awards, Competitions, & Submissions section in the lower right of the screen. On the resulting page, find the AOS 2019 Call for Symposia and click “View”.