Call for Roundtable Discussions

American Ornithological Society & BirdsCaribbean 2022

We seek a varied suite of proposals for roundtable discussions at the 2022 joint conference of the American Ornithological Society and BirdsCaribbean, with local hosts Para la Naturaleza and Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 27 June–2 July 2022. Proposals should address timely topics highlighting exciting advances in ornithological research, management, education, and conservation. Our aim is to provide opportunities of interest to a wide audience, from agency staff to early-career ornithologists, across the Americas and around the world. 

Roundtables are a forum for panel discussions and interactive polling of participants centered around current or emerging issues and their future directions; alternatively, they can be used as a venue to gather information for generating planning documents, or to share information broadly. Organizers are encouraged to consider topics related to the conference theme, “On the Wings of Recovery: Resilience and Action,” although any subjects of broad interest in ornithology are welcome. Roundtable discussions are typically scheduled for 1–3 hours during the early afternoon or early evenings. Symposia organizers may additionally be interested in roundtable sessions for further topical discussions; where possible, symposia-related roundtables would be scheduled on the same day. Roundtable organizers and panelists are expected to make their own travel arrangements and pay for full conference registration. 

Instructions for Submitting Proposals 

Proposals for roundtable discussions will include:

  • title
  • name, affiliation, and contact information of organizer(s)
  • abstract (< 1,500 characters; please highlight the desired outcome of the discussion)
  • a one-sentence session summary (< 300 characters)
  • names and affiliations of confirmed panelists (proposals with confirmed panelists will be more likely to be accepted than those without)
  • statement of how the slate of panelists includes diverse perspectives and voices
  • target audience
  • proposed duration (1–3 hours)
  • range of desired dates (28 June–2 July)

All proposals for roundtable discussions must be received by 15 January 2022

Send questions to Emily Cohen, Ron Mumme, and Lisa Sorenson (via email to spc@americanornithology.org), co-chairs of the conference Scientific Program Committee, with the subject AOS & BC 2022 Roundtable.

Proposals for roundtable discussions must be submitted through the online AOS Member Portal. You will need to create a free account on the Member Portal if you do not already have one.

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