7th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management – Call for Papers and Posters

Catastrophic and routine losses of poultry and livestock-associated with large-scale production operations have become significant environmental, biosecurity, and waste management concerns around the globe.

The symposium highlights new research (pure and applied) and case studies/field exercises of current and emerging animal mortality disposal methodologies, food and feed chain challenges, and critical assessments of public policy with the intent to capture and disseminate new information on these topics and to stimulate the development of additional research, policy, and educational programs.

The Seventh International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management is scheduled for June 13-16, 2022, in Raleigh, North Carolina. The symposium is:

· Monday, June 13, 2022 – Tours highlighting various facets of North Carolina agriculture and animal facilities (at an additional cost – not included with registration fee).

· Tuesday, June 14, 2022 – Symposium begins, full-day of presentations, panels, and a poster session.

· Wednesday, June 15, 2022 – Half-day of presentations and panels, half-day of demonstrations.

· Thursday, June 16, 2022 – Half-day of tabletop exercise.

Types of Participation

We invite you to submit papers, posters, and written or video presentations. The deadline for all abstract submissions is December 15, 2021. The program committee will respond to you on or before January 20, 2022.

Oral Presentations: Participants will present in chaired, lecture-format sessions and give a 20-minute oral presentation followed by a 5-minute Question & Answer. Lecture-format presenters are required to contribute a paper to the conference proceedings. The deadline for paper submissions is March 15, 2022.

Poster and Video Presentations: Those submitting a poster or video presentation will answer questions and discuss their work in detail for an hour during the session. The session is scheduled to allow attendees the opportunity to attend both poster and lecture sessions. It is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere designed to encourage attendance and stimulate participant interaction and exchange of ideas. The deadline for poster and video presentation submissions is March 15, 2022.

Symposium Themes to Be Addressed

· Carcass disposal in response to routine mortalities, accidental deaths, natural disasters, and disease outbreaks;

· Food and feed chain disruptions;

· Research and public policy on carcass disposal;

· Federal and state agency response and training experience;

· Carcass treatment (management) options;

· New and emerging technologies for euthanasia, carcass treatment/disposal, and disinfection; and

· Final product use and disposition.

Animal studies are not limited to farm animals. Projects focusing on the disposal of wildlife, marine mammals, fish, or other species are welcome.

Who Should Participate:

Researchers, practitioners, livestock industry personnel, engineers, representatives of the meatpacking industry, emergency response personnel and responders, policymakers, federal and state government stakeholders, agriculture agency personnel, disposal policy subject matter experts, and apprentices (e.g., those that inform on and influence policy, influencing public perception and education of community members).

The symposium aims to bring together an international community to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of mortality management and we encourage our international partners to participate.

First-time presenters are welcome! We actively encourage people who have never presented at a conference to submit abstracts. Presenting at a conference is a great way to practice presentation skills, establish credibility in the community, and introduce yourself to others in the sector. It is also a great way to meet new people and establish contacts for future knowledge-sharing and collaborations. Don’t be shy – you will get a lot out of it and have fun at the same time.

Paper Submission Details

Conference papers will not be peer-reviewed but should contain authoritative information, pertinent references, and similar types of validated information typically published in respected journals, such as BioCycle. Submission of presentation slides will not be accepted in lieu of a paper. Papers and posters submitted for the purpose of marketing products or services will not be accepted. Equipment manufacturers and service providers are welcome and encouraged to participate in the symposium. Equipment/Services and Display/Demonstration are in Raleigh, NC.

Both papers and posters must address the following key questions:

1. What is the overall purpose of the project/event that you are reporting?

2. What key activities (data collection, policy development, educational programming, etc.) were carried out?

3. What were the major conclusions or outcomes of your project, research, or incident management?

4. What was the incident? Include a discussion of management strategies and lessons learned.

To Submit Your Presentation for Consideration:

1. Click here to complete the online application. If your application was submitted successfully, you will be taken to a confirmation page.

a. Please note: 1000 characters is a rough equivalent to 120-185 words.

2. Submit your paper or poster to animalmortmgmt@gmail.com.

3. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via email within 14 days of submission. If you do not receive an acknowledgment or experience problems submitting your presentation online, contact the symposium proceedings committee at animalmortmgmt@gmail.com.

4. For additional information, examples of past paper and poster submissions, paper and poster templates, and poster guidelines, please visit the Symposium’s Call for Papers and Posters webpage.

Important Dates

· Presentation/Poster/Video abstract application deadline is 5PM CST, December 15, 2021.

· The Program Committee will notify applicants regarding acceptance by January 20, 2022.

· To be included in the proceedings, papers and posters must be emailed to the symposium Program committee in Adobe PDF format, no later than March 15, 2022.

Symposium Proceedings

Items meeting the deadline and formatting requirements will be bound in an electronic proceedings document (PDF format) that will facilitate rapid searching of both paper and poster content. Symposium proceedings will be made available electronically at no cost via the symposium website at https://www.animalmortmgmt.org.