2009 Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference - May 31 - June 3, 2009 - The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center - Blacksburg, Virginia

Call for Papers and Posters

Deadline for abstract submission is April 27, 2009.

Abstract Submission: http://www2.opd.outreach.vt.edu:8080/abstracts/VT/sftic

Topics

Contributed papers and posters will be accepted in any of the following areas:

  • History of forest genetics
  • Selection, breeding, and testing
  • Vegetative propagation
  • Genotype x environment studies
  • Seed orchard management
  • Molecular genetics, genomics of forest trees and biotechnology
  • Genetic diversity and gene conservation
  • Valuation of forest genetics
  • Incorporation of genetic gain into growth and yield models

Instructions for Abstracts and Manuscripts

To present a paper or a poster, you must submit an abstract by April 24, 2009. See abstract guidelines for submission details. Participants presenting papers will be notified by May 11, 2009 of the exact date and time of their presentation.

SFTIC publishes a proceedings with papers and full length abstracts. A proceedings for this meeting will be published and authors are encouraged to submit a formal written manuscript or an extended abstract. Proceedings will be available as pdf after the meeting. The proceedings will include copies of the presented papers or extended abstracts, abstracts of poster papers, a list of award winners, and a list of participants. The deadline for submission of manuscripts and extended abstracts is June 1, 2009 (at the start of the meeting). See guidelines for manuscripts or extended abstracts.

Awards

SFTIC has a history of presenting awards for superior presentations and posters at their meetings.

  • The Squillace Award will be given for the best oral presentation, based on content, style, and use of visual material.
  • The Zobel Award will be given in recognition of the best oral presentations made by a graduate student.
  • Belle Baruch Foundation Award will be given for the best poster

Student Stipends

A stipend of $250 will be given to full-time students who give a presentation (and supply a manuscript or extended abstract) or who display a poster (and supply an abstract). The number of student stipends will be limited to ten and awarded on a first-come basis. Preference will be given to students making oral presentations. Please email a letter to Amy Brunner at abrunner@vt.edu asking for consideration for the stipend immediately after submitting your abstract. You will be notified if you qualify before the conference. For more information, contact abrunner@vt.edu.

Invitations

If requested, the Organizing Committee will send participants an official letter of invitation to the conference. This letter is intended to help a participant obtain travel funds or a visa and does not constitute any commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support or to agree to the presentation of a paper. Requests should be addressed to Amy Brunner at abrunner@vt.edu.

Speaker Information

To present a paper or a poster, you must submit an abstract by April 27, 2009.

Oral Presenters

E-mail your bio to abrunner@vt.edu before May 28 OR bring a hard copy to the registration desk. See the speaker bio form.

On Sunday, May 31 or Monday, June 1 bring your presentation to the registration desk on a flash drive or CD. We will load it on the conference computer and return your CD or flash drive to you immediately. Please name your presentation in the following format: last name_daypresenting_time presenting, as in miller_weds_1015.

Oral and Poster Presenters

Please bring an electronic copy of your paper submission to the registration desk. Papers should be formatted as described in the guidelines for manuscripts or extended abstracts. Please include your last name in the filename used for your paper.

Poster Presenters

Your poster should measure 3 feet x 4 feet (91 x 122 cm). We will provide the material to attach the poster to the board.

Guidelines for Manuscripts and Extended Abstracts

The authors of presented papers must submit an initial abstract in electronic format for the program by April 27, 2009. They are encouraged to submit a formal written manuscript or an extended abstract, including citations, for publication in the Conference Proceedings. Proceedings for the meeting will be available as a pdf after the meeting as well as made available on the internet. The proceedings will include copies of the presented papers or extended abstracts, abstracts of poster papers, a list of award winners, and a list of participants.

The deadline for submission of manuscripts and extended abstracts is June 1, 2009 at the start of the meeting.

All manuscripts and extended abstracts must be written in English and submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document. A paper version must also be submitted at the meeting so that appropriate formats can be verified for the proceedings. Authors are solely responsible for the technical content of the manuscript or extended abstract as no technical editing will be done prior to publication.

All manuscripts and all extended abstracts must conform to the following guidelines. There are additional guidelines specific to extend abstracts and to full manuscripts outlined below:

  • Paper size: Letter (8.5 by 11 inches or 22 x 28 cm)
  • Margins: 1 inch (2.5 cm) on all four sides
  • Font: Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • Title and authors names centered and capitalize first letter in each word. The title should be bold. Authors' affiliation should be given as a footnote.
  • All measurements should be metric (English in parenthesis if appropriate).

Additional Guidelines for Extended Abstracts:

  • Body of abstract should be single spaced, fully justified (aligned on left and right side), and have full margins throughout. Do not indent first lines of paragraphs.
  • Length: The maximum length for an extended abstract is 3 single-spaced pages. Authors are encouraged to include critical tables and figures along with literature citations in the extended abstracts, but brief abstracts are acceptable. See Instructions for Manuscripts for additional instructions for presenting tables, figures, and literature citations.
  • Do not insert page numbers
  • Example of an Extended Abstract.

Additional Guidelines for Manuscripts:

  • A brief abstract (500 words maximum) should be included with the manuscript. It should start immediately after the authors name and have "Abstract:" at the beginning. The abstract should be indented on the left and right sides approximately ½ inch or 1 cm.
  • Body of the manuscript should be single spaced and fully justified (aligned on both the left and right sides). Do not indent first lines of paragraphs.
  • The format for the paper is flexible, but authors are encouraged to include the standard sections of a scientific paper (e.g. Abstract, INTRODUCTION, METHODS AND MATERIALS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, AND LITERATURE CITED).
  • Length: The maximum length for a manuscript is 12 single-spaced pages including all text, figures, tables, and literature citations.
  • Do not insert page numbers
  • Tables and Figures should be placed within the text.
  • Authors are free to use whatever literature citation convention is customary in their primary journals.
  • Example of a Manuscript.

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