AOS 2019 Call for Symposia, Workshops, and Round Tables


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 or full-day), lightning symposia, workshops, and round-table discussions at the conference.  

Proposals are due on 1 October 2018 for workshops and on 15 December 2018 for symposia and round-table discussions (see below).  

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 for symposia, lightning sessions, and round-table discussions 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.
  • Workshops are hands-on learning exercises where participants sign up in advance, engage for the entire workshop, and leave with some new skill or knowledge set.  Workshop proposals should include the estimated and maximum number of participants; any required additional costs or charges to participants; and time, space and resource requirements (e.g., computing, room size/type, projection equipment, large table, field access, on-site printing). Workshops may be scheduled before (all day, 24–25 June) or during (evenings, lunch hour, 26–28 June) the main conference.
  • Round Tables are meetings that provide opportunities for individuals interested in a specific topic to meet in a programmed time to converse on current issues, discuss future directions, or generate planning documents. Round tables are not intended to include formal presentations.  

Organizers and invited speakers for all symposia, workshops, and round tables 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.

All proposals for workshops must be received by 1 October 2018.

All proposals for symposia and round-table discussions 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.

See the Symposia and Workshops & Round Tables pages on the AOS 2019 meeting website for additional details and submission instructions.