The Congress typically runs for five days in July or the first week of August. The scientific program typically includes upwards of thirty symposia run in parallel sessions over four days, two evening poster sessions, and a closing awards ceremony. While the social program often reflects the location, a welcome reception and conference dinner with entertainment and dancing are part of the tradition.

How sites are selected:

Site selection is the responsibility of the Executive Committee of the Physiological Section of the American Fisheries Society.

Conference proposals:

We ask that you prepare a brief proposal (1-2 pages) and send it to the Section president, Brian Small (bcsmall@siu.edu) no later than March 15, 2014. The proposal should be prepared by the Section member or affiliate who would serve as conference host, but we would also prefer to see administrative approval acknowledging college or university support. This is only a preliminary proposal. Full bids will be solicited by the executive committee after review of the proposals for presentation to the Executive Committee at its business meeting in Edinburgh on August 5, 2014.

Proposal components:

  • List the Section member(s) of affiliate on-site who will serve as the host(s).
  • Description of conference planning assistance, formally through your college or university or by an organizing committee with prior conference hosting experience.
  • Description of potential seed money, or other support, available from your college or university, city, or region.
  • Description of accommodations (affordable and up-market) for between 300 and 500 attendees, including many students, postdocs, and family members.
  • Description of accessibility to the venue and things to see and do.
  • Indication of potential sponsors.