Call for Abstracts

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Submit your research for the 2021 meeting!

The Program Committee encourages a variety of contributions from attendees in any area of primatology for inclusion in this year’s program, including abstracts for podium (oral) or poster presentations and proposals for symposia, roundtables, and workshops. Refer to sections on each type of submission for more information.

Proposals for symposia/roundtables/workshops are due June 30, 2021. Please send them to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Edes.

Abstracts for podium (oral) and poster presentations are due July 15, 2021. You will need to register for the meeting before you submit your abstract.

Questions about abstracts, proposals, or the meeting program should be directed to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Edes . Any pre-conference or post-conference sessions require Program Committee approval; if granted, an organizer will need to submit an abstract by the July 15, 2021 deadline, which will be published in the meeting program.

Information about abstracts for oral and poster presentations, proposals for symposia/workshops/roundtables, authorship and attendance, registration requirements, presentation guidelines, instructions for students who wish to apply for presentation awards, and exhibits and displays are available below.

Abstracts for podium (oral) and poster presentations should be submitted online by July 15, 2021. To submit an abstract, log in to your account and go to Profile Home.

Podium (oral) and poster presentations at annual ASP meetings are to be based on high quality research that has generated interesting data relevant to current issues in primatology. Abstracts (max: 225 words) will be peer reviewed by the Program Committee and decisions will be emailed to submitting authors. Accepted abstracts will be organized into sessions based on topic area and type of presentation. These abstracts will be published in the American Journal of Primatology. For more information on abstract preparation, check out Instructions for Writing Quality Abstracts.

Ideas for symposia, roundtables, and workshops should be submitted via email directly to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Edes by June 30, 2021. These sessions should address topics that are timely, of interest to the general membership, and include participants from several institutions. Abstracts for accepted symposia, workshops, and roundtable discussions will be published in the American Journal of Primatology alongside abstracts for oral and poster presentations.


We accept two types of symposia: oral and poster. To propose a symposium, submit a title, format (oral or poster), an abstract giving a brief overview of the symposium content (max: 225 words), and list of participants to the Program Committee Chair by email. If accepted, the organizer will need to submit the abstract for the symposium online by the July 15, 2021 deadline and indicate the abstract is for an accepted symposium. All individual participants in the symposium also must submit an abstract for their podium or poster presentation online by the July 15, 2021 deadline and indicate the abstract is for an accepted symposium.

Oral symposia should not exceed a total time of 2.5 hours. Presentations in an oral symposium should be either 15 or 30 minutes in length. If speakers are allocated 15 minutes, up to 10 presentations could fit into the time limit; if speakers are allocated 30 minutes, up to 5 presentations could fit into the time limit.

Poster symposia should consist of 5-10 poster presentations. The start of a poster symposium begins with each participant providing a 3-5 minute oral summary of their poster. Time is then provided for attendees to view all posters. Poster symposia should conclude with a chaired discussion.

Each year, there is one interdisciplinary symposium. This prestigious symposium runs unopposed by other sessions. If you are interested in your symposium idea being selected as the interdisciplinary symposium, please indicate this to the Program Committee Chair when you submit your proposal. Your proposal overview should highlight the integrative scope of the proposed topic.

Workshops and Roundtable Discussions Workshops and roundtable discussions are less formal than symposia, may be applied or broadly theoretical, involve audience participation and/or discussion, and should address a defined goal. To propose a workshop or roundtable discussion, submit a title, an abstract giving a brief overview indicating the goal and how it will be met (max: 225 words), and list of participants to the Program Committee Chair, Dr. Ashley Edes by June 30, 2021. If accepted, the organizer will need to submit the abstract for the workshop/roundtable online by the July 15, 2021 deadline and indicate it is for an accepted workshop/roundtable.

Submitting an abstract implies that at least one of the authors (typically the first author, but not always) will attend the meeting to present the work described in the abstract. Due to cancellation of the 2020 meeting, each individual can give up to four presentations in any combination of podium and/or poster presentation at the 2021 meeting. There is no limit on how many abstracts individuals may be on as a co-author.

Submission of an abstract implies that authors support the mission and by-laws of the American Society of Primatologists, have complied with current legal and ethical guidelines regarding the use and well-being of nonhuman primates and, if necessary, have obtained IACUC and/or IRB approval of the research contained in the abstract. The submitting author will be required to acknowledge, before submitting the abstract, that each author of the submitted abstract has seen and approved the final version of the abstract and has given consent to appear as an author.

Presenting authors, organizers of symposia/workshops/roundtables, and symposia participants must register for the meeting and pay the registration fee prior to submission of an abstract. Abstracts may be submitted at the same time as conference registration or can be added at a later time (up until the abstract submission deadline). If you are participating in an accepted symposium, you must submit your own abstract and indicate it is part of an accepted symposium. Workshop and roundtable participants also must register for the meeting, but are not required to submit an individual abstract to participate in the workshop/roundtable.

Podium (oral) presentations

Podium (oral) presentations are scheduled in 15-minute intervals. Presenters should plan for a 12-minute presentation with 3 minutes for questions and discussion. The computers used for presentations will be IBM PC-based, not Mac; please make sure your presentation is formatted for a PC when preparing your PowerPoint slides. You may not use your own laptop. Case studies, preliminary data, pilot studies, and descriptions of apparatus, equipment, or habitats are usually not appropriate for the podium (oral) format and should instead be submitted as posters. Descriptions of commercial products are welcome as exhibits but are not appropriate for the scientific program.

Poster presentations Posters should be designed in landscape orientation with maximum dimensions of 4’ wide by 3’ tall. Presenting authors are expected to be in attendance at their poster during the scheduled poster session. Poster sessions will be organized by topic.

Presentation Competition

Students are highly encouraged to participate in the ASP Education Committee’s Student Presentation Competition. Graduate and undergraduate students may enter their work for consideration in the podium (oral) or poster competitions. Criteria and guidelines for the competition are available here.

Data Blitz

During abstract submission, students are given the option to be considered for inclusion in the Data Blitz. The Data Blitz is a 2-minute podium presentation at the very beginning of the conference. This offers an additional opportunity for students to advertise their work.

Travel Awards

All current, active student members are eligible to apply for the Ruppenthal Student Travel Award to help offset the cost of travel and accommodation for the meeting. Click here for more information.

Space and facilities for the exhibition and display of merchandise are available. In addition, a number of events are available for sponsorship. For information and exhibitor registration forms, see our Supporter and Exhibitor Prospectus.