Submit your Symposium for the 150th AFS Annual Meeting!
New Deadline: January 28, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Call for Symposia for the 150th Annual Meeting of American Fisheries Society is now open.

The American Fisheries Society will host its 150th Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, during August 30 – September 3, 2020. This meeting will celebrate the past, present, and future of fisheries research and management, bringing together a diverse group of academics, researchers, private industry professionals, management agency personnel, and students.

The Program Committee for this meeting invites proposals for symposia. A symposium is a set of presentations organized around a particular theme. Presenters in a symposium can be solely invited, completely chosen from submissions to the AFS general call for abstracts, or a combination of both. The call for general abstracts will come in February 2020.

Symposium organizers will be responsible for recruiting contributions, reviewing abstracts submitted to their symposium, reviewing the general pool of abstracts for presentations that fit their symposium theme, and organizing and moderating presentations in their symposium.

We encourage submissions that will be of broad interest, as well as those organized around the meeting’s “Past, Present, and Future” theme.  However, we also recognize the importance of symposia that focus on particular topics, ecosystems, and geographic areas.

Proposals should include: (1) a title; (2) the symposium sponsor, if any; (3) the estimated duration and number of presentations; (4) special equipment needed, if any; (5) a description of the symposium format, if it will differ from traditional 20-minute time slots; (6) an abstract that describes the symposium (≤ 200 words); and, (6) a list of organizers and their contact information.


  • Symposium proposal submission has been extended one week.
  • Proposals for Symposia now must be submitted by January 28, 2020.
  • Accepted Symposia proposals will be posted on the conference website on February 14, 2020.
  • If accepted, organizers must submit a complete list of confirmed presentations and titles by March 13, 2020.
  • Abstracts for Symposium oral presentations must be submitted by March 20, 2020.


  • Those who wish to present in Contributed Papers or Poster sessions at the 2020 AFS Annual Meeting are required to submit abstracts by March 20, 2020. This includes Student Presentations.
  • Confirmation of acceptance or refusal of abstracts will be communicated by April 17, 2020.
  • Student presentations will be considered for a “best presentation” award if the student fills out additional application paperwork available at https://education.fisheries.org/awards/best-student-presentation-and-poster/.


Symposia Chair:
Stuart Ludsin
The Ohio State University
Aquatic Ecology Lab
Email: [email protected]

Contributed Sessions Chair:
Joseph Conroy
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Email: [email protected]

Posters Chair:
Matt Faust
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Email: [email protected]

AFS does not waive registration fees for presenters at symposia or contributed papers sessions, or workshops. Registration forms will be available on the AFS website (fisheries.org/meetings) in May 2020; register early for cost savings.