May 15, 2017

Abstract subbmission


Instructions for oral presentations, posters, lectures, symposia, courses, workshops, photo contest and environmental fair.

Oral presentations and posters

Please use our automated system following this link

Space is limited and proposals received later will be considered according to space availability.

Oral presentations will last for 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions or discussion. Presentations will be organized by rooms according to their general theme. Presentations will only be received in Microsoft PowerPoint format. (No transparencies or slides will be accepted.)

Poster presentations are an important part of the scientific program and can be a way to reach a wider audience. Posters will be displayed from Monday to Friday in specific spaces of the headquarters hotel. The posters will be organized and located by themes. Posters should be 90 cm x 120 cm and in vertical orientation. The Organizing Committee will not be responsible for helping to display posters that do not have the correct dimensions and orientation.

All students who are presenting their thesis are invited to enroll in the 10th annual oral presentations competition and the 15th annual poster contest. The objective of these competitions is to stimulate and promote quality research and conservation work by students in Mesoamerica. To participate, you must register by communicating with the Academic Committee and indicating that you want to include your abstract (poster or presentation) in the competition.

There will be a total of nine lectures lasting one hour each given by experts from the region in various thematic areas.

Instructions for submitting abstracts for oral presentations and posters:


Every abstract must include
Title It should be brief, written in capital letters and in bold (maximum 15 words) and in the font Garamond 10, centered text. IT MUST COME IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.
Authors List all authors with names and surnames, followed by superscripts that relate to the corresponding institutions and indicating with an asterisk (*) the presenter (for both oral presentations and posters). Centered text, font type Garamond 10.
Institutions List the institutions to which the authors belong, in the order of the superscripts indicated in the previous list. Include the postal and electronic addresses of the authors, without hyperlink. See example below.
Text The text should be short and no more than 300 words. It should contain a brief but concise description of the problem, methodology in relevant cases, results and important conclusions of the study. You should not cite other literature.
Text Format Type of font: Garamond 11                                  Text: Justified

Paragraph: Simple space                                       Margins: 2.5 cm, symmetrical


Abstract example




*Jaime Raúl Bonilla-Barbosa1, José Luis Villaseñor Ríos2, Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath1

1Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos. Red Mesoamericana en Recursos Bióticos. Av. Universidad 1001, Col. Chamilpa, 62210 Cuernavaca, Morelos, México. Teléfono (777) 3-29-70-29 ext. 3215., 2Departamento de Botánica, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Apartado Postal 70-367. 04510 México, D. F.

El mosaico complejo de ecosistemas acuáticos en México ha jugado un papel importante en el establecimiento, desarrollo y diversificación de plantas acuáticas. Considerando que la flora acuática del país constituye el 10% del total registrado en el mundo y que la distribución de las especies se supone homogénea en los hábitats acuáticos en donde se desarrollan, el presente estudio analiza los patrones de distribución geográfica de 67 especies de plantas vasculares estrictamente acuáticas presentes en 28 lagos del centro de México. Mediante técnicas de clasificación (análisis de conglomerados), y con base en la similitud florística entre ellos, se evalúa la correlación entre los patrones cronológicos de las especies y las distancias entre los lagos. No obstante que la mayoría de las plantas acuáticas son de amplia distribución, ninguna de ellas se encontró en todos los lagos estudiados. Los coeficientes de similitud obtenidos entre estos sistemas lacustres fueron tan bajos que no es posible considerarlos como miembros de una misma provincia fitogeográfica, a pesar de que casi todos se ubican en el Eje Volcánico Transversal.


Important notes to consider

  • Each participant may submit a maximum of two abstracts as the first author, both in the poster format and oral presentation. Preference will be given to papers on completed work.


  • The presenting author of each poster and paper, must register for the Congress in advance, attend the Congress, and be registered as a member of SMBC. Accepted papers will be published in the Abstracts Report of the XXI Congress of the SMBC and VI International Conference of PIF 2017, which is a special edition of the magazine Mesoamericana.


  • Beginning with the El Salvador 2008 conference, we began a registry of speakers who submitted abstracts but did not attend the Congress. Therefore, a person in this situation is exposed to sanctions imposed by SMBC.


Instructions for the registration of symposia, courses, workshops, and lectures

Proposals should be sent to the Organizing Committee of the XXI Congress of SMBC, until May 19, 2017 according to instructions. Space is limited and proposals will be accepted if space is available. Incomplete proposals or those that don’t follow instructions will be rejected.

Preference will be given to proposals for symposia, forums, lectures, courses, and workshops that have an affinity with the theme or one or more of the thematic areas of the Congress. The Organizing Committee of the XXI Congress of the SMBC will provide support for the events located in the headquarters. Support for pre- or post-congress events can be negotiated with the Organizing Committee.


Contact Zaida Piedra, Logistics Manager for the XXI SMBC Congress for questions about logistical support.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Event Title (maximum 10 words)
  • Type of event (indicate if it is a symposium, forum, course, workshop, or lecture).
  • Thematic area of the Congress
  • Name of the organizer (or plenary speaker)
  • Include in an attachment a summary CV (3 pages maximum) of the organizer (or speaker for plenaries)
  • Summary of the event or lecture (up to 300 words)
  • Objectives (not applicable for keynote lectures)
  • Duration (number of sessions and hours required, see table in the next section on costs for events, does not apply to plenary talks)
  • Funding source(s) (indicate if you already have funds or have plans to obtain funding, the name of the donor(s) and how much funding is expected to be obtained).
  • Registration fees (applies only for pre- or post-congress events)
  • Program of the event (not applicable for lectures)
  • For each presentation at the event include:
  • Title or subject
  • Exhibitor and his/her institution

Costs to organize a symposium or pre and post Congress events



Symposia will be charged according to the amount of time required to carry them out. The following table shows the costs in half-day units. These costs cover snacks and hotel space. No additional entrance fees can be charged for symposia at the Congress, and all symposia must be open to all registrants at the Congress. The payment deadline forsymposia is August 15, 2017.



Half day session (8:00 am – half a day, includes a snack) US$1000
Full day session (8:00 am – 5:30 pm; includes two snacks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon) US$2000
If you need more than one day for your event, simply add half-day sessions as necessary by adding the total fee for each extra session.

Note: Thematic Interest Groups already registered with SMBC and PIF-sponsored events are entitled to a 50% discount.


Pre and post congress events (courses or workshops)

The organizer or organizers must pay $ 500 (before August 15, 2017) to support the work of the organizers. You may also charge a registration fee to the course or workshop and may limit the participation to guests or assistants who cancel pay the fee. The registration fee for a pre or post-Congress event can be handled by the Organizing Committee if requested. Participants to such events must pay their 2017 membership fee to SMBC. (See membership fee Schedule.) If attendees of courses or workshops also wish to participate in the congress, they must pay the respective registration fee (see fee table).