Call for Abstracts

Abstracts Due: Sunday, November 29, 2020 (This is the final submission deadline.)

This international symposium provides a framework for scientists to share technical information on various topics related to coupled biogeochemical cycling of macro-elements and associated organic and inorganic contaminants. If you are working in the field of biogeochemistry, you are encouraged to submit an abstract for consideration as an oral or poster presentation and share your work at the symposium. Submissions will be grouped to form thematic sessions, so please review the topic list beforehand to determine the best topical fit for your work, as you will be asked to select a topic when uploading your abstract file.

Important instructions for submitting an abstract

  • If you submitted an abstract for the April 2020 symposium before it was postponed, and you wish to give the same presentation in 2021, you must submit an abstract, even if you are not making changes. (This will ensure we are publishing the most up-to-date abstract for all 2021 presenters.)
  • Sessions will be recorded and published on the symposium web site. By virtue of presenting, all speakers agree to be recorded and have their presentation shared publicly. If you do not wish to be recorded, do not submit an abstract. This is mandatory to participate.
  • If you were contacted by a session organizer and asked to speak in a specific session, indicate YES when asked this question on submission form and specify the organizer's name. Otherwise, answer NO to this question.
  • Use this official abstract template to create a properly formatted abstract.
  • Proof your abstract carefully and obtain applicable approvals prior to submission.
  • Submit an abstract via the online form linked below. (Be careful of typos in your email address, or you will not receive a confirmation.)
  • There is no abstract submission fee for the 2021 symposium.
  • All plenary and concurrent sessions will be recorded and available on-demand to paid registrants via the BioGeo Symposium password protected virtual website for 12 months following the symposium. Poster sessions will not be recorded.
  • Presenters will be required to upload their FINAL APPROVED PowerPoint file by Friday, March 12, so those who have an extensive review process will need to get started early.

Oral Presentations

Breakout sessions will feature a series of 15-minute talks and will be scheduled Monday through Thursday, March 22-25. Each speaker has 12 minutes to present and 3 minutes to answer questions after their talk.

Poster Presentations

A fun and interactive poster session is scheduled Wednesday, March 24 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm. Conducted as a Zoom meeting, those who are presenting posters virtually will be designated as individual Breakout Rooms. Attendees can jump from room to room (or poster to poster) to engage with presenters and attendees alike. Poster presenters will be able to share their screens and show PowerPoint slides visualizing each section of their posters so they can describe their work in more detail. As an incentive for attendees to visit as many posters as possible, we are giving away four $125 gift cards. The more posters one visits, the more times their name is entered in a drawing for each session. Winners will be selected randomly and announced at the end of the Closing Plenary on March 25.

When submitting an abstract for poster presentation, you will be asked to choose which option you prefer:

  1. If you opt to present LIVE via Zoom during a poster session, you are encouraged to also upload a PDF of your poster for publication on the symposium web site.
  2. If you choose to prepare an Adobe PDF of your poster for attendee viewing on the web site, you are permitted to embed a 90-second, narrated video into the file. Visit Adobe's instructions on How to Embed a Video in a PDF.

Abstract Submission Fee

If you submitted an abstract in 2020, the $25 submission fee will not be refunded. Your abstract will be included in the 2021 book of abstracts.

Registration Required to Participate and Present

  • All speakers and poster presenters must register and pay by Friday, January 22, 2021 to confirm participation.
  • Registration details are posted on our Registration Information page. Please Note: NEW REDUCED VIRTUAL FEES are being developed and will be announced in the near future. If you already registered and paid the original registration fee to attend, you will receive a partial refund. Our symposium staff will contact you directly with further details.
  • There are no one-day fees.

Please Note

If you do not receive an automatic email confirming receipt of your submission, check your spam folder. We will notify you about the status of your abstract by email on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. If you do not receive this notification or if you have any questions, contact Beth Miller-Tipton at


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