TDWG 2006 Abstracts

Submission of Abstracts has now closed. Please contact the Secretary with any questions.

The Abstracts for the Proceedings of TDWG are to be processed and released through an implementation of the Open Journal System (OJS). All authors must register before before uploading their abstracts to the Proceedings of TDWG.

Recent meetings have been very busy and the Programme Committee is of the opinion that fewer verbal contributions will make the meeting easier to stage, avoid parallel sessions, reduce delegate fatigue and enable us to concentrate on specific matters of interest. It is therefore our intention to limit verbal presentations, both numerically and in terms of relevance to the themes of the meeting. Primary selection of abstracts will be on relevance to the themes of the meeting and new initiatives. Within those categories, selection will be by peer review. Acceptance of an abstract for publication does not automatically signify acceptance of a presentation.

Instructions to Authors

Abstracts that do not adhere to the following will be rejected.

  • Deadline: Abstracts must be submitted before 23:59 GMT Saturday 2 September 2006.
  • An abstract is required for all presentations (verbal, poster or demonstration). All abstracts will be edited to ensure quality and consistency.
  • An abstract is required for each and every presentation or communication.
  • All presentations and communications must be in English.
  • All texts submitted will be peer reviewed for relevance and suitability.
  • Authors must suggest a peer reviewer by name and e-mail address, but there is no automatic guarantee that this reviewer will be used.
  • All verbal presentations must be on one or more of the Symposium Themes unless you are leading a non-Symposium session or are an invited contributor.
  • The suggested REVIEWER, PRESENTATION TYPE, and if relevant, THEME area should be added as 'Comments to the Editor' in Step 1 of the abstract submission.
  • Format: Abstracts may be submitted in Microsoft Word (preferred), RTF, Adobe PDF, plain ASCII/ANSI text.
  • The font should be Times 12pt.
  • The length of the abstract must less with a maximum of 3500 characters including spaces, title and authors.
  • Headers, Footers and footnotes, tables and diagrams are not permitted.
  • Properly formatted, full URLs and mailto: are permitted but please be aware that embedded e-mail addresses will appear on the web site.
  • Submissions will be edited and formatted to a standard format in the abstracts volume.
  • Verbal presentations will be a maximum of 15 minutes including question time.
  • Presentations will be assumed to be in Microsoft PowerPoint unless we are advised otherwise. Please advise if you require Internet access during a verbal presentation.
  • There are very limited slots in the Symposium schedule for verbal presentations so please consider submitting a poster and/or computer demonstration.
  • It is a condition of acceptance that a digital copy of the presentation be handed to the session Chair at the start of the session
  • Delegates may submit a short communication on any relevant subject (to be printed in the abstracts volume)
  • Delegates may submit a poster and/or computer/Internet demonstration on any relevant subject.
  • Authors must use the Open Journal System for all communications regarding the abstracts.
  • Please be sure to add all co-authors with appropriate details at the time of submitting the abstract into the system.
  • If you wish to acknowledge a supporting agency, also add this as an acknowledgement in the Supporting Agency field when adding your abstract into the system
  • Further information about abstracts can be obtained from Lee Belbin (lee(at)
  • Further information about the meeting can be obtained from Adrian Rissone (A.Rissone(at)


The Theme of the Symposium is: Building Biodiversity Data Applications. Verbal contributions to the Symposium are invited under the following headings only:

 From Nomenclators to managing inconsistent taxonomies (including Zoobank, IPNI, etc.)

  1. Species Banks and the taxonomic work process (including EDIT)
  2. Integrating & sharing biotic information
  3. "Boxed" Solutions
  4. Applications and Standards for Invasive Species
  5. Applications and Standards for Conservation

Non-Symposium meeting sessions

(see Schedule)

For meeting sessions outside of the Symposium abstracts may be submitted but will be very strictly limited. For particular subjects it may be necessary to limit submissions to personally invited speakers.


Please ensure that you give approximate dimensions and any special display requirements.

Computer/Internet demonstrations

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 Internet site.

  Last Modified: 06 September 2006
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