Call for Papers and Posters

Purpose 

Catastrophic losses of poultry and livestock caused by disease, fire, or weather-related stresses, and routine losses associated with large-scale production operations, are significant environmental, bio-secure waste management concerns around the globe. The 6th International Symposium on Animal Mortality Management 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.

Invitation to present Papers and Posters 

Papers and posters are being sought by the symposium committee. Papers will be presented in 20 minute chaired sessions with time for Q&A. Poster sessions will be scheduled separately from paper sessions.  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. Posters may vary in size, minimum dimension for height or width is 36 inches and the maximum is 56 inches.

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

Who should present: Researchers, practitioners, livestock industry personnel, engineers, representatives of the meat packing industry, emergency response personnel and responders, policymakers, federal and state government stakeholders, Agriculture agency personnel, disposal policy subject matter whisperers, i.e. those that inform on and influence policy, influencing public perception and education of community members

What to present: Research, education efforts, case studies and lessons learned as well as new and emerging technologies will be presented within a session given one of these broad categories:

  • Mass mortality management (in response to natural disasters, disease outbreaks, heavy metal/nutrient toxicity contamination, radioactivity or other large-scale incident resulting in animal death.
    • Carcass treatment to enhance disposal
    • Use and (or) disposition of final products
    • Optimizing agricultural systems: universal management of multifaceted aspects related to routine mortality
    • Euthanasia, depopulation, transport, processing, disposition, cleaning, disinfection, environment
    • Regulation of disposal
    • Federal and state agency response and training experiences exercises
    • Practical SOP’s and field guides
  • Routine (normal and natural) mortality/carcass management
    • Carcass treatment to enhance disposal
    • Use and (or) disposition of final products
    • Optimizing agricultural systems: universal management of multifaceted aspects related to routine mortality
    • Euthanasia, transport, processing, disposition, cleaning, disinfection, environment
    • Regulation of disposal
    • Practical SOP’s and field guides
  • Health (animal and human risks; biosecurity measures)
    • Prevention
    • Plans for continuity of business
  • International issues: religious and societal considerations, regulatory constraints, health education programs, cross-border movement controls, acceptability of depopulation methods
  • Federal and state agency response and training experiences exercises
  • Post-farm food production system losses
    • Disposal options
      • Recalls, systems disruptions
    • Treatment
    • Use and (or) disposition of final products
  • Education of the public

 

To Submit Your Presentation for Consideration

  1. Fill out the online submission form.  You will receive an email acknowledging your submission.
  2. Presentation proposal deadline: 11:59 p.m., January 15, 2018
  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 May 1, 2018.  A link to the paper and poster submission form will appear here on February 15, 2018.

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 http://animalmortmgmt.org.