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Heads Up for Botany 2017! 
As you are all getting prepared for Botany 2016 in Savannah, GA, please start thinking ahead to Botany 2017, June 24-June 28 in Fort Worth, TX. Please note the early dates: 2017 is an International Botanical Congress year so we have moved our conference to June in order to avoid overlap.

Starting with the 2017 conference there will be, on a trial basis, two new practices regarding symposia:
1. The number will be limited to six.
2. BSA funding for symposia will come from the society rather than the sections. (Funding for colloquia will still come from sections.)

Symposia vs. Colloquia: What’s the Difference?     
Symposia are intended to be of broad, interdisciplinary, cross-section/society interest.  They are limited to six speakers, and talks are 30 minutes each.  Colloquia are intended to be on more narrow topics, perhaps of interest to a particular section or society. Talks are 15 minutes, and there can be up to 14 talks in a half-day.  Consider a colloquium! 

Proposals for symposia should include:
  1. The name, institution, and email address of organizers
  2. The title of the symposium
  3. An abstract/synopsis (400 words). This should describe the topic/content only
  4. A brief explanation of why this topic is appropriate for a Botany conference symposium
  5. A tentative list of six speakers with up to two alternates. The list should include their institutional affiliations, topics, and an indication of which have committed to participate.Please note that diversity of speakers is an important factor in symposium evaluation.
  6. A budget estimate with justification.Funds are to be used to defray costs for participants who otherwise would not be able to attend the conference
  7. A list of sections and participating societies that you will ask to endorse your proposal (see below)
 
Symposia Approval Process:
  1. Proposals are due July 1, 2016.
  2. Prior to Botany 2016, proposals will be sent to the chairs of the BSA sections listed by the organizer as potential endorsers (see item 7 above).
  3. At Botany 2016, sections will discuss proposals at their business meetings. Each section will endorse a maximum of six symposia.This does not include a commitment of funds.
  4. After Botany 2016, sections will inform the BSA program director which six symposium proposals they endorse.
  5. The program director will add up symposium votes and send the tallies to all section program directors.
  6. A committee consisting of the program directors of all BSA sections and participating societies will make final decisions regarding which symposia will be included in the Botany 2017 program.
  7. The program director will inform the BSA Board of the six proposals that will be on the program. The BSA Board will allocate funds to the symposia, up to a total of $6000.
 
The process for colloquium approval will be similar except that sections can endorse as many colloquia as they want (up to the conference limit of 12), sections can contribute funds to symposia, and the BSA Board will not be involved in decisions regarding colloquia. 
 
PLEASE NOTE:  Symposium and colloquium organizers are expected to take into account gender, seniority, nationality, and other aspects traditionally underrepresented in Society symposia when preparing proposals. We encourage proposals whose topics concern newly emerging fields, are synthetic, or that differ from those that have been included in recent Botany meetings.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE in this simple form by July 1.

We look forward to seeing your proposals.

Many thanks,
Amy Litt, Program Chair
amy.litt@ucr.edu

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