Call for Abstracts

The Program Committee invites you to submit your best scientific work in any area of primatology for inclusion in this year's program. Papers and posters presented at annual meetings of the ASP are to be based on high quality research that has generated interesting data relevant to current scientific issues in primatology. Abstracts of these presentations are published in the American Journal of Primatology. Abstracts will undergo peer-review by the Program Committee and submitting authors will be notified by email of the status of the abstract. Accepted abstracts will be organized into sessions based on topic area and type of presentation. Abstracts may be submitted electronically. Ideas for symposia and workshops should be submitted via email directly to the Program Committee Chairs.

Available presentation types include:

Oral Presentations

Poster Presentations



Abstract submission deadline: January 21, 2020

Detailed requirements for writing and submitting abstracts are available here. Questions about the program should be directed to the Chair of the Program Committee. In addition to being published in the American Journal of Primatology, abstracts will be available for viewing on-line at least two weeks before the meeting begins.

ASP has converted to an on-line abstract submission and registration process. Information about the meeting venue, requirement for abstract preparation, presentation guidelines, and instructions for students who wish to apply for poster and paper awards are all available below.



Submission of an abstract implies that one of the authors will attend the meeting and present the work described in the abstract. Individuals are limited to giving two presentations, whether two oral presentations, two posters, or one of each format, but may appear as a co-author on other abstracts as well.

Submission of an abstract implies that the authors support the mission and by-laws of the American Society of Primatologists, have complied with current legal and ethical guidelines regarding the use and well-being of nonhuman primates and, if necessary, have obtained IACUC and/or IRB approval of the research contained in the abstract. The submitting author will be required to acknowledge, before submitting the abstract, that each author of the submitted abstract has seen and approved the final version of the abstract, and has given consent to appear as an author.



The presenting author and symposia/workshop organizer as well as symposia/workshop participants MUST complete registration and pay the registration fee (payable by check or credit card) prior to submission of an abstract. Abstracts not accompanied by payment will be returned. Abstracts may be submitted on-line at the same time as the conference registration or can be added at a later time, until the abstract submission deadline. Participants in symposia should enter their own abstracts online. Go to the ASP web page and follow the prompts. In Step 6 of the abstract submission form, select the "organized symposia" option for "Presentation format preference." It's easy and it saves us work! You will be issued an electronic receipt within 24 hours of registering.



Instructions for Writing Quality Abstracts.

Please note that all authors are expected to read these requirements carefully before submitting an abstract. The website will cue you during the process of submitting an abstract.




Students are highly encouraged to participate in the ASP Education Committee Student Presentation Competition.  Graduate and undergraduate students may enter their work for consideration in the oral or poster competitions. Criteria and guidelines for the competition, developed by the Education Committee, are available on the website.


During the abstract submission process students are given the option to be considered for inclusion in the Data Blitz. This consists of a special two-minute presentation at the beginning of the conference, which offers an additional opportunity for the student to advertise their work.


Student travel awards are available from ASP.

All active students are eligible for $500.00 awards to offset the cost of travel, and accommodation for the meeting courtesy of the ASP student travel fund supported by donations to the society in the memory of Gerald C. Ruppenthal. Additional funding for these awards is provided by Carter2 Systems Inc. Carter2 Systems Inc. donates $5.00 for every "Rupe"rch (Gerry's last invention) they sell during the year to the student travel fund.

The awards are designed to help student who would otherwise not be able to attend the meeting.

Award Criteria:

  1. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Students must be presenting work as a first author.
  2. Each applicant must be currently enrolled as a bona fide student and be a member of ASP.

 To apply:

  1. Each application should login to the Members section of the site and register for the conference. After submitting an abstract for the conference, there will be an opportunity to start an application for the award. Before beginning the on-line submission process, the applicant should download and fill out the Ruppenthal Travel Award Application.

 For the award, students will be asked to:

  1. Provide the name and email address of their research advisor or laboratory director who will be willing to submit a letter of recommendation which addresses the level of independence of the student's contribution to their ASP presentation.
  2. Upload the appropriate travel award application form which consists of a paragraph describing the need for the travel award and a copy of current CV.

Complete materials and abstract must be received by the abstract due date. The Board of Directors has established ad hoc committees consisting of members-at large, members of the local arrangements committees and members of the BOD to decide on recipients for both awards.



Oral Presentations: Oral presentations will be scheduled at 15-minute intervals. Each presentation should be no more than 12 minutes in length, allowing several minutes for questions and discussion. The computers used for presentations will be IBM PC-based, not Mac. In order to reduce confusion at the time of presentation, please make sure your presentation is formatted for a PC when preparing your PowerPoint or other type of presentation. You may not use your own laptop. Case studies, preliminary data, pilot studies, and descriptions of apparatus, equipment, or habitats are usually not appropriate for the oral format and should be submitted as posters. Descriptions of commercial products are welcome as exhibits, but are not appropriate for the scientific program.

Poster Presentations: The Society and Program Committee encourage poster presentations. Those wishing to present their work in poster format will be assigned a space approximately 4' high x 8' wide (91 x 122 cm) for the display. Authors are expected to be in attendance at their poster during the scheduled time. Abstracts for posters are prepared the same as oral presentations and will be printed in the program. The Program Committee will organize and schedule posters by topic.

Symposia and Workshops

The Program Committee encourages members to organize and submit high-quality symposia and workshops. These sessions should address topics that are timely, of interest to the general membership, and include participants from several institutions.

Symposia: Organizers should submit the title of the proposed symposium, a brief overview of the symposium content, and a list of participants to the program chair. Materials should be submitted (preferably via e-mail) by January 3, 2020. Once accepted, the symposium abstract as well as all individual participant abstracts should be submitted by January 21, 2020 (note that the 225 word limit applies to both the symposium and individual abstracts). Oral symposia should consist of presentations of either 15 or 30 minutes to mesh with the schedule of contributed papers, and should not exceed a total time of 2.5 hours. Poster symposia should consist of 5 to 10 poster presentations. At the start of the session each poster will be summarized orally to the audience in a 3 to 5 minute synopsis.  Then, following a period during which all the posters can be viewed, a chaired discussion will close the session.Interdisciplinary symposium  proposals should be prepared as for regular oral Symposia. This prestigious symposium runs unopposed by other sessions. When communicating with the Program Committee about an interest in organizing an Interdisciplinary Symposium, please highlight the integrative scope of the proposed topic.

Workshops and Roundtable Discussions : Workshops and roundtable discussions are less formal than symposia, may be applied and/or broadly theoretical, involve audience participation and/or discussion, and should address a defined goal. Those wishing to organize one of these sessions should submit information about the proposed workshop or roundtable discussion (title, a list of participants, and a brief overview that indicates how the goal will be met) to the program chair (preferable via e-mail) by January 3, 2020. The workshop or round-table organizer(s) should submit a 225 word abstract by January 21, 2020. Workshop participants should be listed in the abstract and the organizer must register for the meeting at the time of abstract submission. Other participants may register at any time. The overview abstracts submitted by organizers will be published. Pre-conference and post-conference sessions require Program Committee approval and abstract submission, and will be published with the meeting program.



Space and facilities for the exhibition and display of merchandise are available. In addition, a number of the events are available for sponsorship. A fee will be assessed for registration of exhibitors and for the rental of each exhibition space. Sale and exhibition of the merchandise will be allowed only within the designated area and only by individuals registered as exhibitors. Information and exhibitor registration forms may be obtained from Justin McNulty (


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»» Student Competition Guidelines
»» Giving a Good Scientific Presentation

Abstract Submission deadlines:

  1. December 1, 2019 - conference registration and abstract submission begins
  2. January 3, 2020- notify Chair of the Program Committee of intent of offer a Symposium or Workshops
  3. January 17, 2020 - all final abstracts are due to program committee for symposia, oral, and poster presenters.