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    • 30 Nov 2020
    • 11:59 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Deadline for Abstract Submissions

    For information about submitting abstracts click here.

    • 11 Dec 2020
    • 11:59 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Presentation Upload Deadline

    • 14 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 AM (EST)
    • 19 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 AM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Poster Viewing

    • 16 Dec 2020
    • (MST)
    • 30 Jan 2021
    • (MST)
    • Virtual

    Content Viewing

    • 16 Dec 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual

    Virtual SON2020 is happening!

    • Now that we have been notified that the International Congress of Nematology has been postponed (again!) to 2022, the Society of Nematologists would like to invite our members and colleagues to participate in a Virtual Meeting in December 2020. Because arrangements for our in-person annual meeting in Gulf Shores, Alabama are already underway (for Sept 2021), we have to keep the submission window fairly short; but we did not want to let 2020 slip by without giving the nematology community an opportunity to present their current work in an online format at a time when, let’s face it, we’re all a little starved for some engagement over our favorite nematodes! Perhaps some of you have an abstract intended for ICN that you can still use in 2020! Our intent is not to compete with other opportunities out there, but our offer meets your needs, read on!

    • Here is the plan:
    • Along with some featured speakers, the majority of presentations will be in a poster format. We will also be publishing abstracts, which is especially important for our students and postdocs. 

      While you may have seen other conferences go online for free this year, the SON will not be doing that for a number of reasons. First, we need to cover the cost of publication in the Journal of Nematology. There are editing and formatting costs associated with any publication, and free is not a sustainable option considering that the JON will be phasing in fees for Open Access publication in 2021. Second, the SON gets a majority of its yearly operating expenses from meeting registration fees. We expected not to have 2020 revenue, due to the International Congress scheduled earlier this year. Foregoing two years of revenue in a row, let alone three, would put the society into a bad financial position, which we cannot do. We don’t expect to recoup what we would from a normal in-person meeting, but a modest fee is the best compromise. Third, emerging best practices to maintain the sustainability of a small organization such as SON in the face of unprecedented circumstances recommends a fee to recognize the value of the conference content being presented. And lastly, there are security reasons for limiting access to registrants who have put forth some financial skin in the game. With all that said, we do acknowledge that the cost may be out of reach for some. The SON has always been committed to promoting the science of nematology in developing nations, and we will continue to do so through the Cobb Foundation and international partnerships. However, this is a time when we have to be realistic stewards of SONs financial resources. For that reason, this time, there will be a flat fee structure for all participants and no waivers.

      The following information and links will lay out the steps involved, the online tools needed, and how to register and pay.

      If I have learned one thing from 2020 it is to keep an open mind, whether that means using new online tools for sharing our work, to ‘what is a workday?’, to redefining how the Society of Nematologists operates. As with all things this year, ‘we are all in this together.’

      Until we can meet again face to face, I invite you to join in this online experience.


      Andrea Skantar

      President, Society of Nematologists

    • How to participate in Virtual SON2020


      • If you plan to present, the Registration and Abstract Submission deadline is November 30th
      • Upload of Poster Presentations is December 10th
      • Deadline for Viewer-only registrations is December 15th December 11th
      • You must agree to Code of Conduct
    • Platforms to be used: 

      • Participation will be managed through the Virtual SON 2020 Slack Workspace and live presentations will be broadcast on Zoom on December 16th
      • Posters will be uploaded to Figshare and available for viewing the entire week of December 14th-18th.
      • Posters and associated summary videos may be made in powerpoint or whatever presentation format you choose, and files will be uploaded into the Figshare website.
      • Accepted registrations will be invited to join the Virtual SON 2020 Slack Workspace in the days leading up to the conference.
        • All communications including sharing links/invitations needed to join the Zoom webinars will be made on the Virtual SON Slack Workspace- you therefore must join once you have received your invitation, and you must be signed into the Virtual SON 2020 Slack Workspace.
        • User guides describing different aspects of how the meeting will be run will be provided through the Virtual SON 2020 Slack Workspace.
      • Until then, simply make sure your Slack and Zoom installations are up-to-date, or sign up for and install them.
      • If you are unfamiliar with these tools, please see the Slack and Zoom websites for details.
    • 12 Sep 2021
    • (MDT)
    • 15 Sep 2021
    • (MDT)
    • The Lodge at Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, Alabama

    SON Annual Meeting 2021

    The Gulf State Park and Auburn University invite you to attend the 60th annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists on September 12 - 15, 2021. The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast where nature is at your doorstep. It is located inside the naturally beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park. This unique destination stands out from other Gulf Coast destinations because of its size and the diversity of its preserved ecosystems. 

    The park is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World (https://www.nationalgeographiclodges.com/lodges/map-view/and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Learning campus. (https://watershed.pro/portfolio/learning-campus-gulf-state-park/)

    Meeting rooms, restaurants, and hotel rooms are linked with covered walk ways.  Open air space is optimized. 

    The park has 3.5 miles of beautiful white sand beaches; 28 miles of educational hiking and biking trails, Segway tours, a nature center, outdoor classrooms, kayaking, guided nature walks and more. Its beachfront location also provides easy access to a host of water activities. This unique destination stands out from other Gulf Coast destinations because of its size, the diversity of its preserved ecosystems and commitment to sustainability. There is simply nowhere else like it on the Gulf Coast. 

    The Lodge at the Gulf state Park served as the meeting site and primary hotel accommodations for the 60th annual SON meeting. https://www.gulfshores.com/lodging/resorts/the-lodge-at-gulf-state-park/

    The Pensacola International Airport located in Pensacola, Florida is 37 miles from the park. (https://www.pensacola-airport.com/) American, Delta, Southwest and Frontier are some of the airlines that fly in to this airport. Rental cars and Uber offer transport to the park. Parking in the part is $5.00 a day and bicycles are available at no additional cost.

    Your meeting registration includes access to all scientific sessions, the opening reception, the wine and cheese poster session, closing reception and awards banquet dinner.  Included in your registration fee, we will have morning and afternoon beverage service and snacks as well as lunches provided. 

    Our initial meeting schedule:

           Sunday evening  Welcome Reception

           Monday morning Plenary Sessions I & II

           Monday afternoon Graduate Student Paper Competition

           Monday evening Star Gazing at the Pier 

           Tuesday Paper sessions and Symposia

           Tuesday evening Wine and Cheese Poster Session

           Wednesday morning Nature Tours

           Wednesday afternoon Capacity Building grants & Committee meetings 

           Wednesday evening Closing Banquet

    Further details will be available in January 2021.

Society of Nematologists

 P.O. Box 190

Mesilla Park, New Mexico 88047


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