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In past years, the Symposium sponsors have provided arrangements for refreshments and Friday's lunch. Due to current unusual circumstances, we are still working through details to make available as much of that as possible. We'll be keeping you informed about these arrangements. Please register for the appropriate ticket as it applies to your attendance (in-person or remote).

Theme: Urban Wildlife

When: Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14, 2022

How: Hybrid Symposium, both available in-person and by remote video

Where: Williamson County Annex, 100 Wilco Way, Georgetown, Texas; virtually - log-in/join instructions to be posted here ahead of the event.

Who: All person interested and involved in conservation efforts, endangered and threatened species, environmental dynamics, the regulatory atmosphere and habitat and natural and open space areas.

  • For in-person attendance, parking is available around the building at 100 Wilco Way.
  • In-person attendance will follow state and local gathering guidelines in place as of the meeting date.

Southwestern University and the Williamson County Conservation Foundation have set Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14 for the 8th Annual Texas Conservation Symposium. The program scope will include species of direct concern to central Texas, species and related issues and proximate interest, research and related developments affecting conservation generally and in Texas and especially local concerns. Notable topics include biology, ecology, statistical analysis, geology/hydrology, climatology and the regulatory/governmental climate. If you have not presented before, please know that full A/V capability is available and that will include remote presentation technology. Dr. James L. Christensen, Professor Emeritus, Drake University, and Dr. Ben A. Pierce, Professor and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair, Southwestern University, will be coordinating papers and presentations. Abstracts for presentations can be sent to Dr. Ben Pierce (pierceb@southwestern.edu). Please follow the format presented in the sample abstract below. All oral presentations are 15 minutes (10-12 minutes for presentation, 3-5 minutes for questions and answers). The deadline for submission of title and abstracts for oral and poster presentations is 11:59 pm, December 3, 2021.

Download a copy of our TCS 2022 Sample Title & Abstract

We will also be expanding the symposium this year to include a poster session! Please delineate, as shown in the sample above, whether your presentation will be oral or in poster format. In the event either section is full, we will inform you if your presentation type must be changed by December 5th. **We encourage in person presentations; if you require remote presenting, please contact Ben Pierce (pierceb@southwestern.edu), as we monitor the ongoing situation, we may provide a remote presentation section.

Programs will be sent out, when finalized, to all registered attendees and will be available in hardcopy form upon your arrival. Student oral presentations: Again, this year, both undergraduate and graduate level classifications will be eligible for awards. Student awards (both classifications) for 2022 will be $200 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. The poster session will have a $50 prize for each category (graduate & undergraduate). Of special note, several prior Texas Conservation Symposium award winners have gone on to positions in the private sector and in academe, some with contacts made through the Texas Conservation Symposium.