[tdwg-content] Registration and abstract submission now open for TDWG 2017

James Macklin james.macklin at gmail.com
Thu Jun 15 20:21:06 UTC 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce that Registration and Abstract Submission for the
TDWG 2017 meeting are now open.  Registration is available at the conference
website <https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2017/>, and instructions for
abstract submission can be found here
The deadline for submission is July 14. Camera-ready copy will be due Sept.

In a change for TDWG, abstract submission this year will be done through
the Pensoft ARPHA platform. Many of you are already familiar with ARPHA,
which supports and facilitates collaborative authoring, manuscript review,
feedback to authors, publication, and post-publication review and
discussion. One of the benefits that will come from this is that abstracts
will be published in Proceedings of TDWG, hosted by Pensoft. Published
abstracts will be assigned DOIs, and will be available for post-publication

The TDWG 2017 organizing committee has worked with Pensoft to customize the
ARPHA workflow in a way that makes sense for TDWG. Please note that you can
add references, a figure, a table, and supplementary materials without
these being counted towards your total word limit. It is likely that there
will be some hiccups, and we ask for your patience throughout the process.
Help is available via the ARPHA tool's "Helpdesk" icon, or via email to
tdwgproceedings at pensoft.net.

As previously announced, TDWG 2017 has a rich collection of workshops and
symposia <https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2017/program/> to which you
can contribute. Abstracts are required for oral presentations, computer
demonstrations, and posters. The only exception is “wild ideas” (see
below), which do not require abstracts. These categories are described
Types of ContributionsSymposia or Workshop Presentations

The backbone of a TDWG meeting are its symposia and workshops. A symposium
is typically a collection of talks, sometimes with a panel or open
discussion. A workshop may have talks, but typically encourages more active
engagement through training activities or through facilitated discussion
around a key issue. Accepted symposia and workshops are listed here
<https://tdwg.github.io/conferences/2017/program/>along with an indication
of whether or not the symposium/workshop organizers are accepting
unsolicited submissions. If you would like to give a talk, you should first
see if any open workshops/symposia match your topic.
Other Oral Presentations

If no workshop or symposium is suitable, you can submit your abstract to
the "Other Oral Presentation" category. The organizing committee will
attempt to schedule similar talks in the same session.
Computer demonstrations

We will provide an opportunity for live computer demonstrations. Note that
rooms for these presentations may have WiFi connections only (not wired),
and you are advised to have a backup plan should the internet connection
not work to your satisfaction.

We will provide dedicated space for posters and at least one dedicated
poster session on the agenda. Instructions on poster size will be announced
closed to the conference, and posted on the FAQ
5-Minute Wild Ideas/Unconference

Towards the end of the conference, we will have a “Wild Ideas” session,
with talks selected via an unconference
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference>-style procedure. Abstracts are
not be required for this category of submission.

We look forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Ottawa in


The 2017 Program Committee
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