Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts to be presented at SPNHC-TDWG 2024 in Okinawa, Japan, 2โ€“6 September. Deadline 19 April 2024.

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Society for the Preservation of
Natural History Collections
Biodiversity Information Standards
SPNHC & TDWG Joint Conference (Hybrid)
"Enhancing Local Capacity, Elevating Global Standards."
Okinawa Convention Center
2-6 September 2024


Call for Abstracts - Deadline 19 April 2024

Last updated 4 March 2024

About the Conference

We are pleased to announce the call for abstract submissions to SPNHC-TDWG 2024, a hybrid conference hosted jointly by the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG). The conference will be held 2โ€“6 September 2024 in Okinawa, Japan. In addition to opening and closing plenaries, the conference will feature symposia, workshops, lightning talks and panel discussions as well as contributed oral presentations and virtual posters (see Sessions list).

Invitation to submit abstract

At this time, we invite you to submit abstracts for 15-minute oral presentations, poster presentations, and lightning talks. Content may be presented in-person or pre-recorded. We are working on providing the technology to support remote participation for presenters. Accepted abstracts will be published via Oxford Abstracts (OA). Final approval for publication requires payment of any conference registration fees by the presenter. Authors additionally will have the option to publish an extended version of their abstract in Biodiversity Information Science and Standards (BISS), where slides and video recordings can be associated (details to be announced in May). Please visit the conference website for more information and to see details in the Submission Guidelines for OA Abstracts.

What you need to know

  • See the Submission Guidelines for OA Abstracts
    • Examine the list of sessions to see which are open to outside abstract submissions and may fit your topic.
    • You will be asked to choose a session after you submit your form.
    • To submit to a CLOSED session, you must have prior consent of the sessionโ€™s organizers.
    • If none of the sessions seem to fit your topic, submit it in a contributed session or as a (virtual) poster.
  • Not all submissions for oral presentations may be accepted due to limited capacity. In such cases, presenters will be asked to present a virtual poster (with a short pre-recorded video).
  • When you are ready to start your abstract, follow the Submission Guidelines for OA Abstracts - deadline 19 April 2024. We recommend compiling your title, authors, author affiliations, and abstract offline, before starting your submission online.
  • Submitting authors will be contacted by email through OA (SPNHC TDWG 2024 <>) for provisional acceptance of their abstracts (inclusion in the program is subject to payment of the conference registration fee by the presenter).
  • By participating in SPNHC-TDWG 2024, you agree to abide by the Code of Conduct
  • Please send additional questions about abstracts to
  • Key dates
    • Abstract submission opens: 4 March 2024
    • Submission deadline: 19 April 2024
    • Registration opens: ~1 May 2024
    • Notification to submitter: 15 May 2024
    • Registration deadline for authors: to be announced

We look forward to receiving your abstracts by 19 April 2024 and seeing you in Okinawa!