Scientific Area

Submission Guidelines



The call for symposia is now open at and will remain open until February 15th, 2023, at 1 pm (GMT+1). Prospective attendees of the XX IBC are invited to submit symposium proposals that fit at least one of the 31 topics listed at the end of this page.

The scientific committee will evaluate symposium proposals based on potential audience interest, scientific quality, and diversity of speakers in terms of gender, career stage, and geography, among others. Symposium proposals that bridge two or more of the 31 proposed topics, including novel views and/or multi-disciplinary research perspectives are especially encouraged. We will make an effort to accept as many proposals as possible.

Each symposium will last for 2 hours and will consist of six 20-minute oral communications (15 min presentations + 5 min Q&A). To maximize the interchangeability of participants among concurrent symposia, changes to this schedule will not be allowed.

The organization of the IBC will not cover the costs of travel expenses, accommodation or registration for speakers.

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Symposium Proposal Submission

All symposium proposals must be submitted at the following link, including the following information:

  1. Title (15 words)

  2. Principal organizer (name, institutional affiliation, address, and e-mail): The primary contact for the symposium and the person responsible for communicating with invited speakers.

  3. Co-organizers (name, institutional affiliation, address, and e-mail): Up to two co-organizers are allowed.

  4. Abstract (300 words): The abstract should summarize the theoretical background, scope, goals, and objectives of the symposium while justifying its importance and interest to IBC participants.

  5. Potential speakers (name, institutional affiliation, address, e-mail, and tentative talk titles): Three potential speakers should be listed. The symposium organizers should have previously contacted all speakers and indicated a commitment to attend IBC. Symposium organizers will select the remaining three speakers from the registered participants who have declared an interest in presenting an oral talk in that specific symposium.

  6. Justification (100 words): The justification should focus on how the proposal meets the review criteria.



  1. Agroforestry Systems

  2. Bioinformatics

  3. Biogeography / Phylogeography

  4. Botanical History

  5. Bryology

  6. Comparative Genomics / Transcriptomics

  7. Conservation Biology

  8. Crops and Wild Relatives

  9. Development and Structure

  10. Ecology and Plant Communities

  11. Ecophysiology

  12. Education and Outreach

  13. Ethnobotany

  14. Floristics

  15. Functional Genetics

  16. Global Change Ecology

  17. Hybrids and Hybridization

  18. Mycology and Lichenology

  19. Macroevolution

  20. Paleobotany / Archaeobotany

  21. Phycology

  22. Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics

  23. Physiology

  24. Plant, Animal, and Microbe Interactions

  25. Plant Biotechnology

  26. Palynology

  27. Population Genetics

  28. Pteridology

  29. Restoration Ecology

  30. Reproductive Biology

  31. Systematics and taxonomy