Young Systematists’ Forum (#YSF2020)

Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th November 2020

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The annual Young Systematists’ Forum represents an exciting setting for postgraduate students and early postdoctoral researchers to present their work, often for the first time, to a scientific audience interested in taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics. This well-established event provides an opportunity for budding systematists to discuss their research in front of their peers within a supportive environment. Supervisors and other established systematists are also encouraged to attend.

To make the most of the possibilities of a virtual conference (and avoid ‘Zoom fatigue’) this year the Young Systematists’ Forum will run over two days, Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th November 2020. As we are aiming to bring together as many people from across the world as possible we will have an afternoon (UK time) session on Monday and a morning session on Tuesday. This will allow as many young systematists from other time zones as possible to join, at least for one of the sessions.

We encourage non-presenting researchers and students at all academic levels to attend, however we only accept presentations from junior researchers (i.e. students and postdoctoral researchers). Space for presenters will be allocated subject to availability and aiming for a balanced programme of talks.

Prizes are awarded for the most promising oral and poster presentations as judged by a small panel during the conference.

Abstract submission

Abstracts must be written in English and submitted no later than Friday 16th October 2020. Please indicate in the email if you are submitting for oral or poster presentation. The body text should not exceed 150 words in length. Title, authors, and their professional affiliations/addresses should be included with the abstracts. If the presentation is co-authored, the actual speaker (oral) or presenter (poster) must be clearly indicated in BOLD text. The file should be in editable format (.doc or .odt, please do not submit .pdf documents) and titled Surname_First-name_YSF2020.doc, for example Doe_Jane_YSF2020.doc.

Alternatively, you can use these templates in MSOffice Word or Open Doc Format.

All abstracts will undergo a selection process. If you have presented a talk at the Young Systematists’ Forum before, we ask that you submit only for a poster presentation, as speaker slots are limited and we want to give as many people as possible the chance to present their work at this meeting. Please note, abstracts that do not follow the guidelines above will not be considered.

All registered attendants will receive further information about the meeting, including abstracts by e-mail one week in advance.

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Contact and Organisers

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The conference is organised by Ellinor Michel (Natural History Museum London), Karen Siu Ting (Queen’s University Belfast), Yvette Harvey (Royal Horticultural Society Garden), Katie Collins (Natural History Museum London) and Pablo Muñoz-Rodríguez (University of Oxford) with the support of The Systematics Association Council.


Would you like to sponsor future editions? Please contact Ellinor Michel.