Announcing the First ESA Millennium Conference

The Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) invites proposals for the first ESA Millennium Conference. The new Millennium Conference Series provides ESA members the opportunity to organize special conferences highlighting emerging, exciting ideas in ecology with the endorsement and support of the Society. The target date for this first Millennium Conference is early 2009, with subsequent conferences annually thereafter.

Millennium Conferences will typically last 3 to 5 days and may include plenary sessions, parallel presentation sessions, posters, and workshop style discussions. The target number of participants should be 60 to 100, including 15 to 20 graduate students. Each conference will be expected to produce at least one peer-reviewed publication, and additional products intended for policy or educational use should be strongly considered. Approved conferences will receive logistical support from ESA Headquarters, and the Governing Board has committed $50,000 from the Millennium Fund to support the first conference.

The Millennium Series is intended to address high-visibility issues of wide interest in the science community. Organizers are encouraged to work across disciplinary boundaries, engage compelling speakers, and produce high-quality publications.

To submit a proposal, review the Call for Proposals on line at www.esa.org/millenniumconf and send your proposal to millenniumconf@esa.org by October 31, 2007. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the President of ESA and decisions announced by December 21, 2007.

For further information, contact Aleta Wiley, ESA Program Assistant, at aleta@esa.org

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