Call for abstracts for CAP LTER 14th Annual All Scientists Meeting

The Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Project (CAP LTER) is hosting its Fourteenth Annual All Scientists Meeting (Poster Symposium) to discuss current research and promote future research on urban socio-ecological systems. It will be held at ASU’s Skysong facility in south Scottsdale on Friday, January 13, 2012. Skysong has very nice conference space and free parking. It can also be accessed by the 72 bus from the Tempe Transit Center.

We are particularly interested in posters that present interdisciplinary approaches to understanding urban systems and posters that represent university-community partnerships. We encourage our community partners, faculty, staff and students to participate by presenting posters and attending the symposium.

Please submit your abstract electronically by December 5, 2011 to Cindy Zisner. The abstract should be single-spaced, 12-point font size, no more than 250 words in length, and in Word format (no pdfs please). Final posters will need to be provided electronically for the CAP LTER web site. Posters need not be submitted by the abstract deadline but should be submitted as close to the Symposium as possible. Posters often are sized 3 x 5 ft (h x w), but the primary space consideration will be that the final product fits on a 4 x 8 ft (h x w) tack board.

This year, poster presenters will be expected to make short, 2 minute presentations to the symposium audience before their poster session commences. More details on this will be circulated in advance of the symposium.

We award prizes to the best student posters in the symposium. Indicate on your abstract if the lead author is a student. Please provide all of your authors' names and addresses so that these can be included in the program.

Sample Submission:

Lead author: Student

M. Howard1, L. Fine2, and C. Howard1. Effects of urban air quality on aggression in research scientists.

1School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, PO Box 874501, Tempe AZ 85287-4501: and 2ASU West Department of Physical Education, …..[address].

We assessed levels of aggression in research scientists exposed to different amounts of airborne particulates….

Past judges have noted that successful posters tend to be well-structured. Some key areas to consider including in your poster are:

  • Problem statement and discussion of research context
  • Presentation and discussion of research findings
  • Conclusion and discussion of research significance and contribution

Please also note that layout matters: pay attention to font size, color, and the balance between graphical elements of your poster and text. Ample white space allows the reader to read your poster more easily, and a logical flow of text and graphics communicates your research most effectively.

Submit one electronic copy of the abstract by December 5, 2011 to [email protected]. Questions can be addressed to Marcia Nation ([email protected]) .