TDWG 2010 Abstracts


Abstracts must be submitted for the following:

  • Plenary sessions:  Abstracts should cover a topic within one of the five themes: Names, Concepts & Identifiers; Citizen Science; Agrobiodiversity; Literature & Publications; Hardware & Infrastructure.
  • Posters: Any topic related to biodiversity informatics
  • Computer demonstrations: Any topic related to biodiversity informatics
  • Parallel sessions & working groups: Any topic related to biodiversity informatics *note: only one abstract is needed for parallel sessions or working groups with multiple presenters.

*Abstracts are not required for Lightning Talks (see below)*


Abstract Format

Format: (Plenary | Poster | Computer Demonstration| Parallel/Working Group)
Theme (if Plenary):
Abstract (3,500 chars max):

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • All abstracts must be submitted before 2359 GMT 1 September 2010. However, if you are proposing an oral presentation or parallel session we recommend submitting the abstract no later than 20th August 2010.
  • All abstracts must be submitted to the editor (editor [at] while abstracts for oral presentations must also be copied tdwg2010 [at]
  • When there is more than one author, the first author will be assumed to be the point of contact. This person or a designated substitute must be available for correspondence between the submission deadline and the meeting.
  • Abstracts will not be peer-reviewed or formally edited before being made available on the TDWG website for the meeting.
  • Submission of an abstract does not imply automatic acceptance for publication in the Proceedings of TDWG.
  • Further information about abstracts can be obtained from Anna Weitzman (editor [at]

Abstract Preparation Checklist

  1. Abstracts and presentations must be as simple as possible with no unexplained jargon. Do not assume the audience will have understanding of any technical issue. E.g., taxonomists should be able to understand presentations from computer scientists and vice versa.
  2. The submission is in English and is less than 3,500 characters including all spaces but not including title, authors, affiliations or acknowledgements. Authors with English as a secondary language should, if needed, seek assistance with their abstracts before submission.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF or plain ASCII document file format. Diagrams and images are discouraged, but, if needed, should be submitted as separate JPG files. 
  4. Headers, footers and footnotes are not permitted in abstracts.
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font. Where emphasis (e.g., scientific names) is needed, use italics, rather than underlining; URL addresses should be underlined.
  6. All acronyms (except TDWG, GBIF, and file formats such as JPG, TIFF, and PDF) must be spelled out in the abstract the first time they are used. 
  7. Abbreviations must also be spelled out in the abstract at the time of first use (except GIS, HTML, WWW, URL, & XML)
  8. Authors may include fully functional URL addresses (tested, clickable link; underlined). E-mail addresses provided as 'mailto:' links are permitted but please be aware that embedded e-mail addresses will appear on the website.  


Posters & Computer Demonstrations

  • Posters: The default size of posters is A1, but please ensure that you give the size and any special display requirements in Comments to Editor during submission.
  • Computer demonstration: Please ensure that you indicate any special facilities you require (projector/beamer, Internet connection, firewall settings, etc.). If you need to make a presentation to achieve a successful funding application to your home organisation or a grant-awarding body you are encouraged to consider a poster presentation or demonstration of relevant software or an Internet site.


Lightning Talks

New to TDWG this year, the last plenary session on Tuesday will feature 5-minute Lightning Talks.  The purpose of a Lightning Talk is to quickly cover a topic, review intriguing results of a study, or to spur thinking on a subject.  The theme for the Lighting Talks is "Wild Ideas" - what are you doing that is unique, what creative solutions have you devised for a common problem, what new interfaces or algorithms have you dreamed up in response to a challenge?

Lightning Talk participants will be decided *at TDWG by conference attendees.*  Those interested in presenting a Lightning Talk will sign up Sunday evening & Monday morning, and conference attendees will select the top 10.  Participants will be announced at the close of Monday's session, with the talks scheduled for 4:30pm on Tuesday.

  Last Modified: 05 August 2010