Call for Abstracts

In a change for TDWG, abstract submission this year will be done through the Pensoft ARPHA platform, which supports and facilitates collaborative authoring, manuscript review, feedback to authors, publication, and post-publication review and discussion. Abstracts will be published in Proceedings of TDWG, hosted by Pensoft. Published abstracts will be assigned DOIs, and will be available for post-publication review.

Submissions of abstracts is now closed


Submission of abstracts is now closed. The organizers of the track to which you are submitting may accept or reject your submission, or may send feedback requesting changes. Once the abstract is accepted, you must then complete your submission by August 15 for inclusion in both the conference program and in the Proceedings of TDWG. Please see the submission instructions where a link is included to the ARPHA submission system.

The TDWG 2017 organizing committee has worked with Pensoft to customize the ARPHA workflow in a way that makes sense for TDWG. Please note that you can add references, a figure, a table, and supplementary materials without these being counted towards your total word limit. It is likely that there will be some hiccups, and we ask for your patience throughout the process. Help is available via the ARPHA tool's "Helpdesk" icon, or via email to

As previously announced, TDWG 2017 has a rich collection of workshops and symposia to which you can contribute. Abstracts are required for oral presentations, computer demonstrations, and posters. The only exception is “wild ideas” (see below), which do not require abstracts. These categories are described below. We look forward to your contributions and to seeing you in Ottawa in October.

Types of Contributions

Symposia or Workshop Presentations

The backbone of a TDWG meeting are its symposia and workshops. A symposium is typically a collection of talks, sometimes with a panel or open discussion. A workshop may have talks, but typically encourages more active engagement through training activities or through facilitated discussion around a key issue. Accepted symposia and workshops are listed here along with an indication of whether or not the symposium/workshop organizers are accepting unsolicited submissions. If you would like to give a talk, you should first see if any open workshops/symposia match your topic.

Other Oral Presentations

If no workshop or symposium is suitable, you can submit your abstract to the "Other Oral Presentation" category. The organizing committee will attempt to schedule similar talks in the same session.

Computer demonstrations

We will provide an opportunity for live computer demonstrations. Note that rooms for these presentations may have WiFi connections only (not wired), and you are advised to have a backup plan should the internet connection not work to your satisfaction.


We will provide dedicated space for posters and at least one dedicated poster session on the agenda. Instructions on poster size will soon be stated on the FAQs.

5-Minute Wild Ideas/Unconference

Towards the end of the conference, we will have a “Wild Ideas” session, with talks selected via an unconference-style procedure. Abstracts are not required for this category of submission.