Call for Sessions & Papers

2019 Symposium

17th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

4-8 August 2019 – Tucson, Arizona

Joint Annual meeting of the Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, sponsored by Zoo Med Laboratories, Inc.

Call for Sessions & Workshops

We encourage you to respond AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as there is room for only a few specialized symposia.

Each year the Program Committee works hard to bring together a wide variety of presentations from around the world, ranging in topic from captive husbandry to field techniques to conservation. This symposium also provides a venue for specialized paper sessions. At previous meetings, symposia have included special sessions covering China, Madagascar, India, Australia, and South America, Long-term Chelonian Studies, Ranavirus in Turtles, and Nesting Ecology to name a few. Past workshops have dealt with Egg Incubation, Filtration, and Telemetry.

You can help make this conference better by organizing a session or a workshop.

Sessions – These typically are based upon turtle groupings (e.g. Genus Graptemys), region (e.g. Chinese Chelonians), or a topic (e.g. husbandry, head-starting, chelonian veterinary care and rehabilitation), yet we are open to your suggestions. Session organizers should plan on organizing between 5 and 10 talks on their subject.

Workshops – These provide an active arena to share advancements, new techniques, or specific knowledge about chelonians. Workshops can also provide the opportunity for experienced practitioners to collaborate with other enthusiasts, to develop new ideas about a topic of common interest, and to share experiences with other chelonian enthusiasts as well as to those new to chelonian husbandry and research.

If you are interested in organizing a session or a workshop, please contact Andrew Walde at

We encourage you to respond AS SOON AS POSSIBLE as there is room for only a few specialized symposia.

Call for Papers



Abstract submissions are DUE EARLIER  this year and MUST BE RECEIVED no later than May 10, 2019.

These instructions are provided to assist authors in preparing their abstracts. Please review this information carefully, as submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned for revision.

Abstracts for this year’s Symposium are due no later than Friday, May 10. Please submit your abstract and register early, not only does this help with Conference planning but we receive more requests for presentations than we are able to accommodate. 

You should receive confirmation of receipt of your submission via email-if you do not, please contact Andrew Walde at

General Information

  1. The abstract must be written in English.
  2. Deadline: abstracts MUST BE RECEIVED no later than May 10, 2019.
  3. Online abstract submissionis required. 
  4. All presenters must register for the Conference.
  5. All accepted abstracts for presentation will be included in the Program and Abstracts book that is distributed at the meeting and will be available on the TSA’s website
  6. Notification of acceptance will be made via email.

Content of the Abstract 

  1. Abstracts are limited to 350 words (excluding title and author(s) information) 
  2. Title – should be as informative as possible, many people don’t have time to read all the abstracts; this is your first chance to impress and attract them to your presentation.  Use Bold Font, Capitalize Major Words, and Center the Title. 
  3. Author(s) full first and last name. Use Bold Font and Small Caps. 
  4. Contact information should be annotated with superscript numbers where necessary.  Do not bold contact information, please use italics. 
  5. Place the email address of presenting or corresponding author in square brackets. 
  6. Body of abstract: purpose of the study, methods used, summary of the results and conclusion reached.  Do not indent, use regular font. 
  7. Be clear and concise, the abstract is the “published” record of your work. 
  8. References and credits MUST NOT be included in the abstract.  
  9. Abstracts MUST NOT include tables or figures 
  10. Use standard abbreviations in parentheses after the full word or phrase the first time it appears.  
  11. Please indicate if you are an invited speaker in a special session or if you would like to be considered for one of the special sessions (open call for papers and posters).  Indicate which special session. 
  12. If your presentation is not for a special session, please indicate the subject categories your abstract most closely represents, some examples: Field Studies, Genetics, Conservation, Captive Management, Veterinary, etc.  This will aid in placing your presentation on the schedule with similar talks. 
  13. Indicate if this is for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. 
  14. Please indicate if you are a student and interested in being considered for the student awards.  To be considered for the award you must currently be enrolled as a student or be within one year of graduating. 
  15. An abstract should not include acknowledgments. 
  16. Abstracts will be published as submitted.  Proof and edit your submission accordingly.  
  17. Save your abstract file as “Last name-First Name” e.g. Smith-Joe.doc, and upload it to the TSA site: HERE
  18. Register for the conference, registration information is located at the conference homepage: HERE.  

TSA reserves the right to copy-edit abstracts and change wording or titles if necessary 



If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Walde or Cristina Jones at  Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you in Tucson! 

Submit your abstracts HERE.