Symposia are the scientific centerpiece of the meeting. They will be assigned premium meeting space at the Austin Convention Center and will serve as the cornerstone for assembly of the scientific program. Proposals addressing the meeting theme, ‚ÄúPlanetary stewardship: Preserving and enhancing earth's life-support systems‚ÄĚ are especially welcome, but any timely and coherent subject of broad interest will be considered.
Organized poster sessions will consist of sets of posters, in multiples of 5, that are organized around a specific topic with all of the presenters invited by the organizer.
Organized oral sessions are organized around a specific topic with most of the speakers invited by the organizer. These sessions are distinguished from symposia in that
- there is less emphasis on breadth of appeal and overall synthesis;
- they may be comprised largely of related case studies;
- talks are set at 15 minutes each, with 5 minutes following for discussion (as in contributed oral sessions); and
- at least 2 time slots out of the 10 available in an organized oral session are reserved for placing related talks from the contributed abstracts by the Program Chair.