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Abstract Submittal Form
2020 Annual Meeting
January 3-7, 2020
JW Marriott Austin, Austin TX

Deadline for Submissions: September 4, 2019

The abstract form below is for Contributed Papers and Posters Only.
(This includes abstracts for sessions complementing symposia)
For Invited Symposia and Special Lecture Submittals, click here

2020 Notes
  1. Posters will be 42" x 42" this year.
  2. In regular (non-symposium) sessions, oral presentations will be 15 minutes.
  3. Lunch will run from 12:00 to 1:30
  4. Poster session will take place between 3:30-5:30
  5. You may present using your own laptop, but change-over time will be deducted from your presentation time.
Again this Year!
SICB Meeting includes opening evening plenary (January 3) followed by 4 full days of presentations (January 4-7).

You are invited to contribute to the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. To maintain the excellent scientific quality of this meeting, you are encouraged to begin your preparation early.

The meeting will be located at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX which is located within walking distance of many restaurants and shops.

There will be an exhibition at the Annual Meeting. For further information on exhibiting, contact Amy Sullivan ( or call her at 412-882-1420.

Call for abstracts and submission guidelines: PDF

Please also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page! (Opens in separate window)

Please submit this form separately for every presentation you will make at the meeting.

Please fill in all fields marked with an *. If you do not, your abstract information will not be accepted by SICB's server.

A. Only electronic submissions via this web page will be considered for presentation.

B. Your Contact Address: (this is not the field for first author! You *must* fill in all authors in the appropriate author fields of the form!)
First Name* M.I. Last Name*
Mailing Address Line 1 *:  
Mailing Address Line 2:
City *:
State or Province
(if USA or Canada),
or Country:

ZIP or Postal Code *:
Work Phone *:
E-Mail *:
Re-type E-Mail *:
URL Link http://
(To appear in the program with your abstract)

C. * Membership Category
Click to select your status at the present time:
NB: If you are not yet a member of SICB (in 2019), please select Not a Member. To become a member, follow this link.
Member Number
(*You must enter your member number if you are a SICB member)
(Retrieve Member Number)

Student Sponsor

ALL Students who wish to present need a full member's sponsorship. (Click here for more info.) (NOTE: A separate sponsorship will be required for REGISTRATION of Students-in-Training. Links to guidelines will be on the meeting registration form.)
Student Sponsor Name:
Student Sponsor Email:
Graduate or Undergraduate Student:

     NOTE: if you have indicated that you are a SICB member, or a member of an affiliated/cosponsored society
     you must choose the appropriate affiliation below. If you have not indicated either of these please leave the
     next two fields blank.

      SICB Members, select a divisional affiliation appropriate for this abstract:
      Members of affiliated or cosponsored society, select affiliation(s):
ABS - Animal Behavior Society
AMS - American Microscopical Society
TCS - The Crustacean Society

D. * Presentation area (View/download guidelines: PDF)
Contributed presentation format -- please select below.
Regular oral session talks will be 15 min (12 min talks and 3 min for questions.)

NOTE: by checking "either" you agree that program officers will determine your final presentation format (either a 15-min oral or a poster presentation) if needed to achieve a balanced program.

E. Audio/Visual Requests Computer projectors will be present in all presenting and practice rooms. Projectors are sized 16:9. Please indicate if you plan to use audio during your presentation. Note that a computer will be provided for each session; therefore, you can bring your presentation on a memory stick. Everyone is required to visit the ready room prior to his/her presentation to upload their presentation and ensure that the presentation will work on the computer and projector that are provided. Should you elect to bring your own computer, you will be responsible for computer set-up in the meeting room and any time used will be deducted from your presentation time. NOTE: Speakers using special software or large videos may wish to present using their own laptop. It will be possible to connect these near the podium, but you must bring your own cables and adaptors, and you will be responsible for making these connections. Allow extra time in your presentation to do this setup.
I plan to use computer audio during my presentation
I plan to use my own computer for my oral presentation

F. Topics of Sessions: SICB Contributed Papers and Posters will be arranged by TOPIC. There are nine major topic groups and each topic group contains sub-topics. Select three sub-topics that best characterize your presentation and rank them in order of preference (e.g. A.1, A.6, D.12). Your contribution will be grouped with similar presentations by the Program Committee. The TOPIC (letter) and sub-topic selections will determine which session you will be programmed into. If your presentation is more closely related to a special session, please select "J" as your first choice then select the special session. If your presentation is more closely related to a symposium, please select "K" as your first choice then select the symposium in the pop-up box below the topic boxes. (View/download guidelines: PDF)
  NOTE: you must choose three numbered sub-topics, not one of the lettered topic groups.
  Topic 1:
  Topic 2:
  Topic 3:

Complementary Sessions
   I would like to be in a session complementing a regular symposium.s
   Select name of symposium/session:

Please consider signing up to be a session chair.
I would like to be a Session Chair

G. Abstract Keywords :
Keywords are used to develop the index in the Final Program. You must use at least one, but no more than three, keywords to submit your abstract. Enter them in the Keyword 1, Keyword 2, and Keyword 3 boxes. NOTE: This year you are allowed to add 1 keyword of your choosing (if you wish). The complete keyword list will appear when you click the button.
Keyword 1 *
Keyword 2:    
Keyword 3:    
Keyword of choice:
(replaces keyword 3 if entered)

H. Student Requests (View/download guidelines: PDF):
Best Student Presentation Program
Best Student Presentation Awards are given by most SICB divisions and affiliated societies. If you wish to compete, check the Best Student Presentation box and in which division or affiliated society you wish to compete when you submit your abstract. Some divisions (DEE, DCB, DCE, DAB, DVM, DEDB, DNNSB, DPCB) program their oral and/or poster student competition presentations into special sessions and some divisions (DAB oral only, DCB oral & poster, DCPB oral & poster, DEE oral & poster, DPCB oral & poster, DVM oral only) require submission of an extended competition abstract. Please consult divisionspecific guidelines at (opens new browser window).

I wish to compete in the SICB-wide Rising Star in Organismal Botany Award for students. This award is for oral presentations.

The Crustacean Society (TCS) Best Student Presentation Program: check below if you wish to participate.
TCS Best Student Presentation Program
Requirements for this program are:

  • that the student be first author
  • that he/she has performed a majority of the research
  • that the research deals with some aspect of crustacean biology or systematics
  • that it has not been more than a year since they received any degree based on the presented research

The American Microscopical Society (AMS) Best Student Oral & Poster Presentations In Microscopy: check below if you wish to participate.
More info about this award at (opens in new browser window)

AMS Best Student Presentation in Microscopy
Requirements for this program are:

  • that the student be first author of the oral or poster presentation
  • that the student be the presenter
  • that the student has performed a majority of the research
  • that microscopy is a major method employed in the research
  • that it has not been more than a year since the student received any degree based on the presented research
  • that the student has not won this award previously

I. Author (s): (e.g. last name: TAMONE, initials: SL - Do NOT include asterisks; they will be added by the abstract system according to the presenting author selector below.)
(View/download guidelines: PDF)
Indicate presenting author using the pop-up box below author fields. SICB student members seeking financial support from SICB must be a presenting author.
Fill in all authors' names even if the name has been provided as the contact person above!
Author 1 - Last name*:    Author 1 - First/Middle Initials*:
Author 2 - Last name:    Author 2 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 3 - Last name:    Author 3 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 4 - Last name:    Author 4 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 5 - Last name:    Author 5 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 6 - Last name:    Author 6 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 7 - Last name:    Author 7 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 8 - Last name:    Author 8 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 9 - Last name:    Author 9 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 10 - Last name:    Author 10 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 11 - Last name:    Author 11 - First/Middle Initials:
Author 12 - Last name:    Author 12 - First/Middle Initials:

J. Author(s)' Institution (s): (e.g. University of California, San Diego and Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC)
Author 1 Institution *:
Author 2 Institution:   
Author 3 Institution:   
Author 4 Institution:   
Author 5 Institution:   
Author 6 Institution:   
Author 7 Institution:   
Author 8 Institution:   
Author 9 Institution:   
Author 10 Institution:   
Author 11 Institution:   
Author 12 Institution:   

Presenting Author*
NOTE: If you plan on applying for the Charlotte Mangum Support Award, you must be the presenting author on the abstract. Only one person per abstract may apply for the award. To apply for this award, you will need to complete a separate application form on the meeting webpage.

Cell Phone of *
Presenting Author:
Email Address of *
Presenting Author:
Short Biography of Presenting Author:
(limit to 350 characters)

K. Enter the title of your abstract in upper and lower case * (e.g. The Biology of Big: Discovering the Extraordinary Costs of Survival at the Top of the Food Chain) .

If you have any questions regarding format please refer to the guidelines: (View/download guidelines: PDF). You can enclose species names in italics opening and closing tags , e.g., <i>Homo sapiens</i> will appear as Homo sapiens. These tags will not be included in character count. NOTE that opening and closing tags are DIFFERENT!

L. Abstract *:

NOTE: When using symbols or special mark-up bracket underlines, superscripts, or Greek letters with the following symbols. NOTE that opening and closing tags are DIFFERENT!

Italics: add "<i>" before and "</i>" after the text to be italicized, <i>Melospiza melodia</i>
Bold: add "<b>" before and "</b>" after the text to be made bold, <b>bold print</b>
Superscript: add "<sup>" before and "</sup>" after superscripted text, <sup>3</sup>
Subscript: add "<sub>" before and "</sub>" after subscripted text, <sub>6</sub>
Degree: &deg;

Greek Letters: spell out as in the following list. alpha: &alpha; (browser-check: α)
beta: &beta; (browser-check: β)
gamma: &gamma; (browser-check: γ)
NOTE that the codes for greek letters and special characters start with a ampersand & and end on a semicolon ; . If you forget either, it will NOT render correctly.

For a comprehensive list of HTML-codes in a separate browser window, click here.
(View/download guidelines: PDF)

Enter only the single-paragraph body of the text!

The abstract is limited to 2000 characters, including spaces. The character count excludes HTML tags. The title, authors' names and institutions, and primary author's e-mail address will be added to the final abstract and are counted as part of the 2000 characters. Limit the text-body accordingly, and please do not use hard carriage returns.

Submission of this abstract constitutes a binding agreement to present your paper or poster at the Annual Meeting. Those who fail to do so without good reason will be prohibited from presenting at the next Annual Meeting.

*I confirm that all co-authors listed on this abstract have approved its content.

Poster Size
*I have read and understood the size limitations for posters.

Your submission will not be complete until you register for the meeting. Registration for the annual meeting must be completed by November 6, 2019.