Paper/Poster Submission


Catastrophic losses of poultry and livestock caused by disease, fire, or weather-related stresses, and routine losses associated with large-scale production operations, have become significant environmental, biosecurity, and waste management concerns around the globe.  The 5th International Symposium on Managing Animal Mortality, Products, By Products, and Associated Health Risk will highlight new research, current and emerging disposal methodologies, and critical assessments of public policy, with the intent to capture and disseminate new information on these topics, and to stimulate development of additional research, policy development, and educational programs.

Call for Papers and Posters

Papers and posters are being sought by the symposium committee.  Papers will be presented in 25 minute chaired sessions with time for Q&A.  They should follow the prescribed paper template which calls for: a review of pertinent literature; description of new research/demonstration findings, policy ideas, or innovative educational programs; and a list of references (presentation slide programs will not be accepted in lieu of a paper).  Speakers may use any format for their powerpoint presentations or they may use this presentation template.

Poster sessions will be scheduled separately (non-concurrently) from paper sessions in a relaxed atmosphere designed to maximize attendance and encourage participant interaction and exchange of ideas (poster presenters will be asked to attend their posters during the session).  Posters must adhere to the conference poster template: providing a clear introductory statement of purpose; a result section including charts/graphs/photos with captions and accompanying explanatory narrative; and conclusions.

Symposium themes to be addressed include:

  • Food of animal origin containment, depopulation, disposal and decontamination (3-D) in response to disease and emergency events
  • Carcass management in response to routine mortalities, accidental deaths, natural disasters, intentional introduction, and disease outbreaks
  • Carcass treatment (management) options; health and biosecurity risk
  • Final product use, disposition, and ultimate disposal
  • Agricultural systems management of multifaceted aspects of carcass transport, processing, disposition and resultant feedbacks
  • International issues: religious and societal considerations, regulatory constraints, health education programs, cross-border movement controls, acceptability of depopulation methods, etc
  • Health and environmental risks related to disposal
  • Food production systems and contaminated protein
  • Regulatory trends in disposal
  • New and emerging technologies for euthanasia, carcass treatment, and disinfection
  • Research to inform public policy on carcass disposal and the direction of future research and resource
  • Federal and state agency response and training experience

To see sample papers/posters, visit the symposium archives.

To Submit Your Presentation for Consideration

  1. Fill out the online submission form. It will be automatically emailed to the program and poster committee chairs.  You will receive an email acknowledging your submission.
  2. Presentation proposal deadline: 12 PM EST, April 24, 2015.
  3. The program or poster committee chair will notify you regarding acceptance by 2-weeks after the submission deadline. 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 vendor/exhibitor area and/or on demonstration day.
  4. Completed papers and posters must be submitted to the program committee in Adobe PDF format no later than July 31, 2015.  A link to the paper and poster submission form will appear here on April 1, 2015.

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