18th Annual Symposium

on the Conservation and Biology of

Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

— A Virtual Experience —


6 August – 24 September 2020

Joint Annual meeting of the Turtle Survival Alliance and IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, sponsored by:

Call for Papers

Deadline: June 8th



These instructions are provided to assist authors in preparing their abstracts for oral and/or poster dissemination. Please review this information carefully, as submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned for revision. Abstracts for this year’s virtual Symposium are due no later than Monday, June 08, 2020. Please submit your abstract EARLY, not only does this help with conference planning but we receive more requests for presentations than we are able to accommodate. This will remain true even though we are going to be running the sessions virtually. Abstracts should be submitted HERE. You should receive confirmation of receipt of your submission via email - if you do not, please contact Andrew Walde at awalde@turtlesurvival.org.

Download your copy of the Abstract Guidelines HERE.


General Information


1. The abstract must be written in English.

2. Deadline: abstracts MUST BE RECEIVED no later than June 08, 2020.

3. Online abstract submission is required.

4. All accepted abstracts for presentation will be included in the Program and Abstracts eBook that will be available for download on the TSA website’s conference page.

5. Notification of acceptance or rejection 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. Abstracts MUST NOT include sensitive information or specific site locality.

11. Use standard abbreviations in parentheses after the full word or phrase the first time it appears.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Indicate if this is for consideration as an oral or poster presentation.

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


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


Download your copy of the Abstract Guidelines HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Walde awalde@turtlesurvival.org or Cristina Jones at cajones@azgfd.gov. Thank you for your interest!

Submit your abstracts HERE.