Co-hosted by the Western Division AFS and the Washington-British Columbia AFS Chapter 

What Do Fish Mean to Us?
Perspectives Above and Below the Water

 Preliminary Call for Proposals – Symposia, Workshops, and Innovative Sessions
Symposium Proposal Platform Opens: December 1, 2021
Formal Symposium Submissions Opens: December 20, 2021
Proposal Deadline: January 28, 2022

Our theme, “What do fish mean to us?” seeks to examine the ways that people value fish and fisheries from a variety of perspectives. We expect to develop a program that includes symposia that cover topics of marine, estuarine, and freshwater fisheries management; commercial, subsistence, and sport fishing; cultural and historical roles of fish and fisheries; impacts on water and fish populations from energy, resource extraction, and land use; native and nonnative fisheries; the intersection of traditional cultural knowledge and western research practices; and the role of the many publics who rely on or enjoy aquatic resources. Spokane’s location in the intermountain west is uniquely positioned to offer a program that tackles all these issues.

The Spokane Program Committee invites proposals for symposia, pre-conference workshops and continuing education courses, and innovative sessions that support the theme and look to advance the fisheries profession.

Symposium proposals

Symposia are the scientific centerpiece of these annual conferences and are sessions organized around a specific topic. The 2022 Spokane Program Committee is seeking proposals for half-day and full-day symposia. The committee is soliciting proposals that cover the topics that include incorporation of cultural perspective and traditional knowledge in management and policy, increasing equity and inclusion in the fisheries profession, and how the fisheries field could better prepare for change. Additional topics could include advancing technology and techniques, data management improvements, and hatchery reform. They may include individual presentations, panel discussions, or other formats.

Symposium organizers will be responsible to prepare proposals, coordinate with the program committee as the program is developed, solicit presentations for the sessions, approve/deny the inclusions of additional abstracts from the general abstract submission, communicate with speakers, and identify moderators for the live session.

Submission of symposium proposals will be by a two-step process

First, in an effort to make the symposium process more transparent and to encourage collaboration, we are requesting that you submit a working draft, or even an initial concept, of your proposal to the “AFS Spokane Symposia Proposal Platform” found here.

To use this tool, you simply need to create an account and then fill in as much of the description of the symposium proposal as possible.  We encourage you to view other proposals, make comments to the authors, and be open to new collaboration opportunities with your proposal.  The intent of this is to facilitate symposium refinement prior to the deadline for submission as well as to allow the program committee to track proposal topics and to actively encourage proposals in areas not yet developed.  Please note that symposium information submitted to this site are not final and need to be formally submitted to through the Spokane submission portal described below.

Second, you will need to submit your final symposium proposal to the Spokane symposium submission portal.  This site is not currently live but will be made available on December 20, 2021.  All authors who have created accounts on the Spokane Symposia Proposal Platform will be notified when the formal submission portal is available.  The final symposium submission deadline is January 28, 2022.

Workshop/Continuing Education proposals

Pre-conference continuing education courses will be offered onsite as half-day, full-day, or two-day sessions. Courses should be designed to offer in-depth professional development that is of interest to a variety of participants, ranging from students to professionals. It is also acceptable to propose sessions for specific audiences.  Submission of proposals for workshops and CE can be done here.

Innovative Sessions

The Program Committee encourages organizers to submit creative proposals for sessions that utilize and engaging design, approaches, and formats. These proposals could include lightning/speed presentation sessions, slam sessions, or other interactive and non-traditional sessions. These sessions should also be initially proposed using the “AFS Spokane Symposia Proposal Platform” found here. We ask that you note that it is an innovative session by including that in the title and text of the abstract.  As with symposia submissions, the formal submission portal will open on December 20, 2021.

Please note: As we have learned through the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual conference options provide the opportunity to increase accessibility and involvement. Although conference details are still in the works, there will likely be a virtual/hybrid option. This will mean that presenters in symposia and contributed sessions will be required to provide a recorded version of their presentation prior to the meeting. These presentations will be available for all registrants at the start of the meeting and an in-person session will be scheduled for live presentations during the meeting. More details will be provided as the program is developed and session organizers can work with the Program Committee Co-Chairs (Laurie Earley, [email protected]; Jeff Fryer, [email protected]) as more details are determined.

Questions: Please contact the Program and Symposia Chair, Laurie Earley, [email protected] for questions related to the submissions of Symposium or Innovative Session proposals. Please contact Lauren Maza, [email protected] with any questions on workshops or continuing education questions.

Proposal Submission and Requirements

All final proposals need to be submitted through the online portal that will be opened on December 20, 2021. Proposals will be reviewed, and the Program Committee may request revisions or collaborations to reduce overlap in topics and strengthen offerings. Organizers will be notified regarding the status of their proposals by February 11, 2022.

Proposals will be asked to include the following information:

  1. Session Type: Symposium, workshop, innovative session
  2. Intended length: 1 block, half-day, full day, 2 days
  3. Session Title
  4. Organizer(s): Name and contact information, submitting organizer will be the point of contact
  5. Description: A brief description of your session that will be included in the online program
  6. Session abstract: Abstracts will be limited to 350 words and 2,500 characters.