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Tapir Symposium


Sixth International Tapir Symposium

IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG)

Novotel, Campo Grande, MS, Brazil

November 16-20, 2014


The first part of the Symposium will consist of talks by KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, PAPER and POSTER SESSIONS addressing tapir biology, research and conservation. The Symposium Planning Committee will review all abstracts and determine which ones will be presented orally and which ones will be presented as posters.

How to Submit a Paper/Poster Abstract - Abstract Guidelines

Electronic Format: Abstracts should be prepared in Microsoft Word

Abstracts should be formatted as follows:

  • All abstracts should be submitted in ENGLISH
  • Margins: Should be set at 2.54 cm (1 inch), top, bottom and sides
  • Length: Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words
  • Fonts: Use Tahoma at a size of 10 points
  • Title: Type title in upper and lower case, standard title format (e.g. Emerging Diseases in Tapirs)
  • List Authors: Presenting author first (In Bold)
  • Group authors by affiliation
  • Type affiliation immediately below authors lines
  • Include complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone, and fax for the main presenting author
  • Body of abstract: Type body without any indents or tabs
  • Double space between paragraphs
  • Apply emboldment, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in your main text as you want it to appear in the book of abstracts
  • Additional information: Provide us with a list of any technical equipment you will need for your presentation. Keep in mind that you need to think about two different forms of presentation, oral or poster

Submission of Abstract (Deadline June 30, 2014)

E-mail abstract as an attached file to:
Planning Committee
International Tapir Symposium
E-mail: epmedici@uol.com.br

By July 30, 2014, the notification of the acceptance of the abstract(s) submitted and final decision on whether it will be presented orally or as a poster will be sent to the author(s). Abstracts will be reviewed for their innovative, unique, or thought-provoking subject, topic, or strategy or relevance to current and future needs and challenges of tapir conservation. Abstracts submitted are accepted on the understanding that the presenting author will register for the symposium by August 15, 2014.

Important Dates for Paper/Poster Presenters

June 30, 2014 - Deadline for submitting abstracts. Submitted abstracts will then be reviewed by the Symposium Planning Committee.
July 30, 2014 - The Symposium Planning Committee will notify the author(s) of accepted abstracts and whether they will be presented orally or as a poster.
August 15, 2014 - The presenting author for each accepted abstract must register for the symposium by this date or presentation/poster is subject to cancellation.

Paper Session Guidelines

Authors giving oral presentations should be aware of the date and time of their presentations and be available at the session room 30 minutes prior to it starting. The chair of your paper session will introduce you, as well as monitor timing, and preside over the question periods. Speakers will have 15 minutes for their presentations. In the end of each paper session we will have 15 minutes for questions and discussions including all presenters in that session. At some point, the chair of your paper session will contact you for your BIOGRAPHY so that you can be introduced properly.

Poster Session Guidelines

If the Planning Committee decides that your abstract should be presented as a poster, you have to take into account the following information and guidelines:

  • Authors presenting posters must have their posters set up on Monday, November 17, anytime between 8:00AM and 2:00PM
  • Posters will be exhibited in the coffee break area throughout the conference and presenters must be available by their posters during the coffee breaks
  • Posters must be removed on Wednesday, November 19, in the end of the day
  • At least one presenter (co-author) nominated for each poster must be a registered attendee at the symposium
  • Advertisements will not be accepted as posters

Poster Guidelines

The main goal of our poster session is to offer symposium participants a chance to interact with the authors and to establish contacts for further correspondence. For this reason, it is important to feature the following PROMINENTLY on your poster and on any handouts you distribute:

1. The title of your poster
2. The name(s) and institution(s) of the author(s)
3. The e-mail address of at least one author
4. The mailing address, phone, and fax numbers of at least one author

Posters should be readable from a distance of 5 feet. The smallest readable type font at this distance is 20-25 point. If you have to resort to a smaller font size, you are using too much text. Artwork, photos, charts, and graphs typically make up the bulk of a good poster. Detailed information is more effectively conveyed in printed handouts that can be read outside the charged atmosphere of a symposium. You might prepare a short (5-10 minute) verbal presentation which you can give to people who want to be "talked" through your project.

Technical Demonstrations

If you believe that multimedia equipment would greatly enhance your audience's comprehension of your poster, a VERY LIMITED number of technical demonstrations will be possible, based on the number and location of electrical outlets in the poster display room. Additionally, while we will be supplying multimedia equipment for the oral paper presentations, you must supply and maintain your own multimedia equipment if you feel that it is needed for your poster presentation.

In order to give you timely notification of whether we can meet your technical requirements, the Planning Committee must know at the time of your application what technical set-up you would like to bring.

Be aware that no Internet connection will be supported.

Presenters should also be aware that there is no secure place to store technical components such as multimedia units or laptop computers when the poster display rooms are being used for other symposium activities.

The symposium organizers and the hotel assume no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to these materials.

Important Reminders

Technical wizardry should be a supplement to a quality poster, not a substitute for a quality poster. Do not assume that your multimedia demonstration will make things so obvious to your audience that they will require no additional textual information. Your poster and handouts should clearly outline your important points, and your demonstration should illustrate them.

Posters are a tried-and-true method of communicating to milling groups of people. Laptop computers, on the other hand, have repeatedly proven ineffective for this type of setting. They use tiny font sizes; "disappear" if not viewed from a particular angle, are usually displayed on a tabletop well below the audience's field of vision, and often require the undivided attention of the presenter while the audience waits to ask questions. So, be sure to have plenty of interesting material on hand to entertain the crowd while they wait to get a closer look at your equipment.


Patrícia Medici

Chair, IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group (TSG)


Documents from Prior Tapir Symposia:

2011 Fifth International Tapir Symposium
October 16-21, 2011
Hotel Flamingo, Kuala Lumpur, Malasia

Fifth International Tapir Symposium

Download Report (1.37MB PDF)






Other 2011 Symposium Documents:

2008 Fourth International Tapir Symposium
April 26 - May 1st, 2008
XCARET, Quintana Roo, Mexico

2008 Tapir Symposium ReportDownload Report (700K PDF)





Other Symposium Documents:

2006 Third International Tapir Symposium
26-31 January, 2006
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Download Report (500K PDF)



Other Symposium Documents:

2004 Second International Tapir Symposium
10-16 January, 2004
Panama City, Republic of Panama

Download report (1.4MB PDF)

Other Symposium Documents:
2001 First International Tapir Symposium
3-8 November, 2001
San Jose, Costa Rica
Book of Abstracts (200K PDF)


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