[Taxacom] ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENDED: Scientific Collections in the Pacific

Schindel, David schindeld at si.edu
Tue Feb 15 10:52:39 CST 2011

Biological Collections in the Pacific: Developing critical infrastructure for research and applications
22nd Pacific Science Congress
14-17 June 2011:  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Researchers, institutional officials, and students are invited to submit abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations concerning object-based scientific collections in the Pacific region.  This full-day symposium/workshop has three goals:

1. Disseminate information on major initiatives on object-based scientific collections in biodiversity research and other branches of biology.  These initiatives can be about:
   a.  improvements to management of collections, 
   b. major digitization efforts or other projects to improve access, or 
   c. new uses of collections, either within or across disciplinary boundaries;

2. Provide an opportunity for local initiatives on scientific collections to share information on their goals and progress; and

3. Promote networking and collaboration within the Pacific region and with global initiatives.

"Object-based collections" are specimens and samples that are permanently preserved in institutional repositories for verification of past research results and for research use by future generations.  These collections include archival material that are directly related to the objects (e.g., field notes, maps, specimen photographs) and their associated data, but they do not include collections of observational data that do not relate directly to the preserved objects (e.g., meteorological or other environmental observations, population counts, remote sensing images).

Guidelines for Submission of Abstracts

All abstracts must be submitted through an online form available at http://www.dnabarcodes2011.org/collectionsAbstract.php. 
Abstracts can be submitted for:

   . Longer oral presentation (15-20 minutes) on major initiatives by regions, countries, networks or other associations to improve scientific collections in the Pacific and their access and use;
   . Short "lightning presentation" (5 minutes) on specific initiatives to improve collections in an institutions; and/or
   . Presentations for poster display. 

Please be sure to designate the type of presentation you would like to make on the submission form.

Abstracts not accepted for oral presentation will automatically be considered for presentation as posters. If you want your abstract considered only for oral presentation and do not want to be considered for poster presentation, please select "Oral presentation only" under Preference on the submission form.

Review and Selection of Abstracts

All abstracts will be reviewed by a Steering Committee for the relevance and quality of their scientific content.  Authors will be notified if their abstract has been accepted by 1 April 2011.

Preparation and Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be written in English using the online form (http://www.dnabarcodes2011.org/barcodeAbstract.php). 

The text you submit will be used by the Technical Program Committee to review your abstract.  Some formatting (bold, italics, underlining) will be lost.  If your abstract is accepted you will be asked to upload a Word file with the abstract exactly as you would like it to appear in the Conference Program.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and to seeing you at the Pacific Science Congress in Kuala Lumpur in June!

Dr. David Schindel, Consortium for the Barcode of Life
Email: schindeld at si.edu  

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