International Botanical Congress

Chris Somerville CRS at
Thu Sep 25 15:22:33 EST 1997

The organizers of the International Botanical Congress to be held in
1999 in St Louis would like to receive proposals by individuals or
groups who wish to organize a symposium at the Congress.  We
received a very large number of proposals in the areas of systematics
and ecology but relatively fewer in cell and molecular biology.
Therefore, we have extended the application deadline to April 30 in
the hopes of getting more proposals in this area.  If you are
interested in a particular topic, this is an excellent opportunity to
organize a focused symposium.  The call for proposals is reprinted
below.  Details about the IBC can bee found at
   If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Charlie
Arntzen, Roger Beachy, Nina Federoff, Sharon Long, Elliot Meyerowitz
or any of the other members of the organizing committee.
CHris Somerville

Open Call for General Symposium Proposals

All prospective participants in the XVI International Botanical Congress in
St. Louis in 1999 are invited to submit a proposal for a
General Symposium on any topic in the plant sciences, construed broadly to
include botany, mycology, plant ecology, horticulture,
agriculture, and related fields often underrepresented in botany. Most of
the scientific program of the Congress will be devoted to
these Symposia, which will be presented in numerous concurrent sessions on
all days of the Congress. Each symposium will consist
of seven 20-minute presentations and a concluding 10-minute discussion
period. In view of the broad representation of disciplines at
the Botanical Congress, symposia should emphasize interdisciplinary and
integrative approaches, as well as limits to current
knowledge and prospects and opportunities for future developments.

Each symposium may have one, or preferably two, conveners, no more than one
of whom should be from the United States. Prior
to submitting proposals, organizers should contact prospective speakers to
obtain their conditional agreement to speak. In
proposing a roster of speakers, organizers should emphasize broad
international participation and appropriate gender balance. Each
attendee at the Congress (plenary speakers excepted) will be limited to one
oral presentation and participation as a convener in only
one symposium. In considering symposium proposals, the Scientific Program
Committee reserves the right to decline any proposal.

For convenience, use the Symposium Proposal Form. Proposals for symposia
should be developed in as much detail as possible,
including the following:

  1.Title of Symposium
  2.Brief description of symposium topic, scope, and relevance
  3.Name, address, and contact numbers (phone, fax, E-mail) of conveners
  4.List of prospective speakers, with institutional affiliations and title
of their presentation.

Proposals should be sent to the Secretary General, preferably using
the Symposium Proposal Form.

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