Call for Abstracts for the Early Professionals Mini-Talk Symposium

AOS & SCO-SOC 2021 Virtual Meeting

Submission Deadline: 15 May 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EDT

We invite you to submit an abstract for consideration as a presentation in the 6th Annual Early Professionals Mini-Talk Symposium at the 2021 joint virtual meeting of the American Ornithological Society and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists – Société de ornithologistes du Canada (AOS & SCO-SOC 2021 Virtual Meeting), 9–14 August 2021. This symposium is designed to highlight the exciting research performed by professionals in the beginning stages of their careers (i.e. have defended their PhD in the past 7 years, pursuing/initiating a research career, in first five years of agency/private sector position, etc.).

During this lively and fast-paced event, participants will have 3 minutes, and a maximum of 6 slides, to showcase their recent research advances, the techniques they employ, the future directions their research will take, and generally their identity as ornithologists. At the conclusion of the talks, the participants will sit as a panel to take questions from the audience on their visions of where ornithology is headed, and how they see themselves contributing. The organizers will prepare some questions ahead of time, but will also take questions from the audience. This event will be live tweeted, therefore participants will be asked to submit a tweet (140 characters) summarizing their research program prior to the symposium. Please note that participation in this symposium does NOT preclude you from also submitting an abstract for the normal program; you may participate in both.


Emma Greig (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), Nicholas Mason (Louisiana State University), Evan Adams (Biodiversity Research Institute), Nancy Chen (University of Rochester)


Participants have completed their terminal degree in the past seven years and are now pursuing a career in some sector of ornithology. Both non-academic and academic ornithologists are encouraged to participate. Please note that participation in this symposium does NOT preclude you from also submitting an abstract for the general session; you may participate in both. However, the abstracts and titles should be unique and follow the specific abstract guidelines for the symposium or general session.

Goal of the symposium

The goal is to introduce yourself to the audience, which will contain ornithologists both inside and outside of your field, and get them excited about your research. You are encouraged to be broad, and present the big picture. This forum is meant for you to showcase you as a scientist and what your contributions are to the field (both present and future), and NOT the specifics of your most current paper. Your abstract should be a research summary and provide the overarching question guiding your research, main research themes and the tools you use to address your research questions, examples of projects you have worked on, and a discussion of your future directions. There are a diversity of ways to approach this abstract and presentation; make it your own. The goal is to communicate who you are as a scientist – how you achieve that goal is up to you.

Application Instructions

A complete application consists of two items: (1) single page that lists your name, your institutional affiliation, your email address, your Twitter handle (if you use Twitter), the names of three or four professional ornithologists with whom you would like to foster a mentoring relationship, a 150-word abstract, and a 280-character tweet summarizing your talk; and (2) the applicant’s 2-page CV. These two items should be collated in a single PDF file.

Applications must be submitted through the online AOS Member Portal. The submission deadline is 15 May 2021.

You will need to create a free account on the Member Portal if you do not already have an existing one.


Send questions to the AOS Early Professionals Committee Chair, Nicholas Mason (via email to, with the subject AOS Early Professionals Symposium.

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