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Asilomar Conference Grounds on January 3-7, 2020
Meetings & Workshops
Posted Aug 12
The American Society of Naturalists invites graduate students, postdocs, faculty and other professionals from ecology, evolution, behavior, genetics, physiology, and associated fields to a stand alone meeting at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on January 3-7, 2020. This meeting will celebrate the unique ability of ASN to unify broad conceptual themes across biology by integrating theory with data and by using new technological tools to address long-standing questions. In short, this conference will showcase what it means to be a naturalist and researcher in the 21st century.
This conference is unique because it involves a small number of participants (200 people) interacting closely over meals, scientific talks, and casual conversations in a beautiful natural setting on the shore of the Monterey Peninsula. The scientific program will consist of posters, 15-minute talks, and 5-minute lightning talks, in addition to three symposia in the afternoons. Lightning talks are encouraged and will also include five minutes for questions, so are helpful for getting feedback and starting a conversation.  Evening activities will include a presidential debate, a natural history trivia contest, and interactions around a bonfire. More information is available at
Registration will open on August 15 and participants will be asked to submit abstracts (~200 words) and choose a presentation format (poster, talk, or lightning talk). Past meetings suggest that registration fills quite quickly, so prepare your abstracts soon so that you can register as soon as it opens. Registration will close after the first 200 people. Registration costs are not yet finalized, but for ASN members, are likely to be a little over $200 for students, a bit more for post-docs, and $400 for faculty.
Participants are encouraged to stay at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, where three meals per day are included in the cost of your stay. More information about housing is available at the website. Each participant will need to register for housing at Asilomar individually, though you can indicate your preferred roommate(s). Room rates per night are:
Single: $287
Double: $192
Triple: $164
Quad: $150
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please email Casey terHorst ( Looking forward to seeing you in January!